- How long do frozen fiddlehead ferns last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep fiddlehead ferns frozen at all times.
Properly stored, frozen fiddlehead ferns will maintain best quality for about 12 months in the freezer, although they will usually remain safe to eat after that.
Are frozen fiddlehead ferns safe to eat after the ‘expiration’ date on the package? Yes, if properly stored - commercially frozen fiddlehead ferns 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 frozen fiddlehead ferns will remain at peak quality.
How long will frozen fiddlehead ferns remain safe to eat? Frozen fiddlehead ferns that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely, as long as they have been stored properly and the package is not damaged.
How to tell if frozen fiddlehead ferns are no longer good? If dry spots or discolorations have developed on the frozen fiddlehead ferns, freezer burn has begun to set in - this will not make the frozen fiddlehead ferns unsafe to eat, but it will harm the texture and taste.
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