Food Storage - How long can you keep...


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1-2 months



  • How long does a can of mixed vegetables last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep opened mixed vegetables refrigerated and tightly covered.
  • To maximize the shelf life of canned mixed vegetables after opening, refrigerate in covered glass or plastic container.
  • How long do opened canned mixed vegetables last in the refrigerator? Canned mixed vegetables that have been continuously refrigerated will keep for about 3 to 4 days.
  • Are canned mixed vegetables safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided they have been stored properly, the can or package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially canned mixed vegetables 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 mixed vegetables will remain at peak quality.
  • To further extend the shelf life of opened canned mixed vegetables, freeze them: to freeze canned mixed vegetables, place inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • The texture of canned mixed vegetables will be softer after freezing and thawing; the thawed mixed vegetables will be best suited to cooked dishes, such as sauces, soups and casseroles.
  • How long do canned mixed vegetables last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 2 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - mixed vegetables that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long do canned mixed vegetables last after being frozen and thawed? Mixed vegetables that have been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; mixed vegetables that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if opened canned mixed vegetables are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the mixed vegetables: if the mixed vegetables develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.
  • Discard all mixed vegetables from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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