Shelf Life of
Squash


How Long Does Summer Squash Last?

How long does zucchini last

Zucchini Shelf Life

Squash – how long does summer squash last? Summer squash comes in a variety of names, shapes and sizes but what they all have in common are a soft, thin, edible skin with soft seeds inside (which actually make them a fruit by the way) and can be eaten raw unlike their cousins (winter squash). Zucchini is the most well known in the summer squash category. Summer squash includes zuccini (black, green or yellow), crooked neck, straight neck, scallop, butter blossom, gourmet globe and sun drops. The best picks at the market for this category are the smaller ones.

The shelf life of zucchini and other summer squash is tricky because there is no sell by date, use by date or best before date attached anywhere to summer squash. For eat by date purposes, the sell by date is the date that the squash was purchased.

So, how long does zucchini last past the sell by date? When properly stored, the shelf life of zucchini and other summer squash past the date purchased is approximately …

Counter Refrigerator
Fresh Summer Squash lasts for 1-5 Days 5-7 Days
Zucchini lasts for 3-5 Days 5-7 Days
Crooked Neck Squash lasts for 3-5 Days 5-7 Days
Prepared (Cooked) Squash lasts for 7 Days


How to tell if zucchini is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Zucchini and other summer squash will begin to get soft and black marks appear on the skin- use them quick before they get mushy and a thick white liquid forms on the skin and must be thrown out.
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.

How to store summer squash to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
Summer squash keeps best in a plastic bag in the produce drawer of the refrigerator.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What’s Interesting about Summer Squash?

  • Summer squash is grown all over the world.
  • How long is summer squash good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long does fresh squash last? That depends. How long does salad last? In general, the squash will last as long as the quickest expiring food in the prepared dish. If the dish is frozen, it is generally good for about 6 months. To find out how long the other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or use the below search!

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    What are our shelf life resources?

    Our shelf life content for fresh vegetables incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration.[1] In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and shelf life.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the shelf life of zucchini and other summer squash 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!