Shelf Life of
Maraschino Cherries

How Long Do Maraschino Cherries Last?

Shelf Life of CherriesHow long do maraschino cherries last? They were essential to your party last month, but can you stick one on top of your ice cream today or do maraschino cherries go bad? The shelf life of maraschino cherries depends on a variety of factors, such as the best by date, the preparation method and how the cherries are stored. Maraschino cherries, although once made from maraschino cherries grown in Croatia and then soaked in Maraschino wine from Italy and used as a royal treat, are now more artificial than cherry. Most maraschino cherries in the grocery are actually Queen Anne cherries that are soaked in a salt brine and then soaked again in a sweetener and then again in an artificial coloring. The salt and the sugar change and preserve the cherry without alcohol.

So, how long do maraschino cherries last? Or, after all that processing do maraschino cherries go bad? When a jar of cherries is properly stored, the shelf life of maraschino cherries past their best before date is at least…

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Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. Maraschino cherries kept on the counter after opening will only last around a week. But remember, maraschino cherries, like a lot of other fruits, usually have a best before date and not a use by date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use maraschino cherries to compliment your favorite meals even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if maraschino cherries are 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 maraschino cherries have gone bad. If the top of the lid on the jar is rounded and dome shaped instead of flat across, the maraschino cherries have most likely gone bad probably because the jar was not sealed properly. If you open the jar and do not a hear the normal pop then the seal had been broken and most likely the maraschino cherries have gone bad. If anything is brown or black inside, then you should not eat the cherries. The cherries will begin to get mushier as time goes on and they are beginning to go bad. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled pickles, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your pickles prior to the eat by date.

How to store maraschino cherries to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
The best place to store unopened maraschino cherries is in the pantry where the temperature is always less than 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once opened, the cherries should be kept re-sealed in their jar in the fridge.
If they were purchased in a can, move them to a jar or other tightly sealed container.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What can you with leftover maraschino cherries?

  • Cherry juice can be used as a base to marinate beef or pork.
  • Maraschino cherries can be added to any fruit salad.

  • How long are maraschino cherries good for when prepared in a dish?

    Do maraschino cherries go bad in a recipe? That depends. How long does ice cream last? Maraschino cherries will last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the prepared dish. 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 use the search below!

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    What are our shelf life resources?

    Our 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 maraschino cherries.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the maraschino cherry 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 provider. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!