Food Storage - How long can you keep...


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1-2 months after date on package
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10-12 months (best quality)



  • How long does margarine last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep margarine tightly covered at all times.
  • How long does margarine last in the refrigerator? Margarine that has been continuously refrigerated will usually keep well for about 1 to 2 months after the Sell By or Best By date on the package.
  • Can you freeze margarine? Yes - to further extend the shelf life of margarine, freeze it in a covered airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • How long does margarine last in the freezer? Properly stored, margarine will maintain best quality for about 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - margarine that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if margarine is bad? The best way is to smell and look at the margarine: if the margarine develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.

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