Shelf Life of
Cranberry Sauce

How Long Does Cranberry Sauce Last?

How long does cranberry sauce last?

Cranberry Sauce Expiration

How long does cranberry sauce last? Cranberry sauce, the most popular use of cranberries, is a staple at Thanksgiving. Most cranberries are produced in Wisconsin, but only 5% of them are sold fresh with the rest being turned into sauce, juice, or dried. The shelf life of cranberry sauce depends on a variety of factors, such as the best by date, the preparation method and how the cranberry sauce is stored. Cranberries are high in vitamin C and many say they help to prevent and cure urinary tract infections.

So, how long does cranberry sauce last? When properly stored, the shelf life of cranberry sauce past its sell by date is approximately …

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Fresh Cranberries lasts for 3-4 Days 1 Month 1 Year
Canned Cranberry Sauce lasts for 1-2 Years 1-2 Years
Cranberry Juice lasts for 6-9 Months 6-9 Months 9-12 Months
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Canned Cranberry Sauce lasts for 7-10 Days 1 Month
Fresh (Homemade) Cranberry Sauce lasts for 7-10 Days 1 Month
Dried Cranberries last for 2-4 Years 2-4 Years Indefinite


Of course, cranberry sauce lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember, cranberry sauce, like a lot of other fruits, usually have a best before date and not a use by date or an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use cranberry sauce to compliment your turkey even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if cranberry sauce is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Sight is usually the best way to tell if your cranberry sauce has gone bad. For canned sauce, if the top of the can is rounded and dome shaped instead of flat across, the sauce has most likely gone bad. If you open the can and anything is brown or black, then do not eat the sauce. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled cranberry sauce, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your cranberry sauce prior to the eat by date.

How to store cranberry sauce to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of cranberry sauce. You can help cranberry sauce stay fresh longer by storing it in the pantry where the temperature is always less than 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fresh whole cranberries can be frozen in their original bag for a year but freezing cranberry sauce is not recommended as it will become watery. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting Facts about Cranberries?

  • A cup of fresh cranberries has about 50 calories while a cup of cranberry sauce has about 400 (but the bitter taste disappears thanks to all that sugar!).
  • Ocean Spray best-by dates are in the format 11Mar13. The first 2 digits are the day, next 3 letters the month and the last 2 are the year.


    How long is cranberry sauce good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long does cranberry sauce last? That depends. How long does turkey last? In general, the sauce will last 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 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 cranberry sauce.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the cranberry sauce 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. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!