Shelf Life of
Canned Vegetables

How Long Do Canned Vegetables Last?

How Long Do Canned Vegetables Last?

Shelf Life of Canned Vegetables

How long do canned vegetables last? The shelf life of canned vegetables depends on a variety of factors, such as the best before date, the preparation method and how the canned vegetables are stored. Vegetables straight from the garden are always tasty & fresh, but not always practical and available like canned vegetables. Because of the high heat process used to can vegetables and the added salt, canned vegetables have an extended shelf life.

So, how long do canned vegetables last? When properly stored, the shelf life of canned vegetables past their best before date is approximately …

(Unopened) Pantry
Past Printed Date
Canned Vegetables last for 1-2 Years
Can Corn lasts for 1-2 Years
Canned Soup lasts for 1-2 Years
(Opened) Refrigerator
Canned Vegetables last for 7-10 Days
Can Corn lasts for 7-10 Days
Canned Soup lasts for 7 Days

But remember, canned vegetables, like a lot of other vegetables, usually have a best before date and not an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use canned vegetables to compliment your favorite meals even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if canned vegetables 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 canned vegetables have gone bad.

If the top of the can is rounded and dome shaped instead of flat across, the vegetables have most likely gone bad.
Also be cautious with dented cans. If you open the can and anything is brown or black, then do not eat the vegetables.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled canned vegetables, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your canned vegetables prior to the eat by date.

How to store canned vegetables to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
You can help canned vegetables stay fresh longer by storing them in the pantry before opening where the temperature is always less than 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once opened, be sure to store any leftover canned vegetables in an alternate container before placing them in the refrigerator. Do not store them in opened cans.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Any Interesting Facts about Canned Vegetables?

  • Because of the long cooking at high temperatures that are needed to can vegetables, the vegetables contain less nutritional value than they had before canning.
  • The exception to the above statement is beans. Dried beans must be cooked for a long time anyways, so prepared dried beans and canned beans have about the same nutritional value (although beans are not really vegetables, but most people think they are).
  • To find out how and how long to cook canned corn, see our page on how long to boil corn.

  • How long are canned vegetables good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long do canned vegetables last? That depends. How long does pasta last? In general, the vegetables 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 canned vegetables.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the canned vegetable 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 an opinion and not a replacement for your health care professional. Please eat responsibly!