Shelf Life Tips
- How long do unopened canned yams last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of canned yams, store in a cool, dry area.
How long does an unopened can of yams last at room temperature? Properly stored, an unopened can of yams will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 5 years, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
Are unopened canned yams safe to use after the "expiration" date on the can or package? Yes, provided they are properly stored and the can is undamaged - commercially packaged canned yams 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 yams will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the canned yams' texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, they will still be safe to consume if they have been stored properly, the can is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
How can you tell if canned yams are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the canned yams: if the canned yams develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.
Discard all canned yams from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.
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