How Long Does Frozen Fruit Last?
How long does frozen fruit last?
Frozen Fruit Shelf Life
The shelf life of frozen fruit
depends on a variety of factors, such as the best by date
, the preparation method and how the frozen fruit is stored. Fresh fruit that is flash frozen… perfect all year long! Because of their proven health benefits and extended shelf life, keeping frozen fruit is easy. Fortunately for us, manufacturers are doing their part to keep the frozen fruit tasty and healthy.
So, how long does frozen fruit last? When properly stored, the shelf life of frozen fruit past the sell by date is approximately …
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Of course, frozen fruit lasts for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, frozen fruit, like a lot of other fruit, usually has a best by date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use frozen fruit to compliment your favorite meals even after the best by date has lapsed.
How to tell if frozen fruit is bad, rotten or spoiled?
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Sight is usually the best way to tell if your frozen fruit has gone bad.
Some common traits of bad frozen fruit are a dull color and a frostbitten look. There will be a lot of very white colored ice if the fruit has been around too long. You could still use the fruit, by putting it in a strainer and running cold water over it, but if there is too much white ice then the fruit will probably taste a little bit worse than nothing (bland).
Also beware as to whether the ice is on the fruit (OK) or the fruit has been frostbitten. If freezer-burned, the actual fruit will appear white and have a slightly different texture.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled frozen fruit, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your frozen fruit prior to its eat by date.
How to store frozen fruit to extend its shelf life?
Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
You can help frozen fruit keep fresh longer by storing it in a freezer safe container, like a zip lock bag made for the freezer. Always squeeze as much air as possible out of the bag before putting back into the freezer. For more on freezing fundamentals, check our freezer post.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.
What’s the best use of frozen fruit that’s been in the freezer long enough?
One of the best ways to use up extra frozen fruit is to make a smoothie. Throw any and all kinds of frozen fruit into the blender with some fruit juice, and maybe some yogurt or sherbet. Nothing else needed, just blend it up – and voila, a great tasting and healthy smoothie!
How long is frozen fruit good for when prepared in a dish?
How long does frozen fruit last? That depends. How long does fruit juice last? In general, frozen fruit will only last as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the recipe. They will turn to a mushy consistency if left in the refrigerator for more than a day. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!
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What are our shelf life resources?
Our how long does frozen fruit last content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of frozen fruit.
*An important note about expiration dates …
Although the frozen fruit shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not replace your health care professionals advice. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!