Shelf Life Tips
- How long does unopened clam chowder last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of canned clam chowder, store in a cool, dry area.
How long does unopened canned clam chowder last at room temperature? Properly stored, unopened canned clam chowder will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 5 years, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
Is unopened canned clam chowder safe to use after the "expiration" date on the can or package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the can is undamaged - commercially packaged clam chowder will typically carry a "Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before", or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the canned clam chowder will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the canned clam chowder's texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly, the package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
How can you tell if canned clam chowder is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the canned clam chowder: if the canned clam chowder develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
Discard all canned clam chowder from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.
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