Shelf Life of
Frozen Vegetables

How Long Do Frozen Vegetables Last?

Shelf Life of Frozen Vegetables

Frozen Vegetables – How long do frozen vegetables last? The shelf life of frozen vegetables depends on the best by date, the preparation method and how the frozen vegetables were stored. Fresh vegetables are great, but frozen are available all year round. With new flash freezing processes frozen vegetables now retain most of their vitamins.

So, how long do frozen vegetables last?
When properly stored, the shelf life of frozen vegetables past their sell by date is approximately …

(Open/Unopened) Freezer
Past Printed Date
Frozen Vegetables last for 8-10 Months




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

How to tell if frozen vegetables are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your frozen vegetables have gone bad.

Ice crystals begin to form on frozen vegetables as their time in the freezer is extended. If the ice crystals are removed and the vegetables retain their color and texture, they can still be used. Some common traits of bad frozen vegetables are loss of color, a shriveled size and caked on ice crystals. All of this results in a bland taste.

Although freezing is an indefinite form of storage, frozen vegetables do not last forever in the freezer. All dates on the table are suggested for proper food quality and taste.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled frozen vegetables, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your frozen vegetables prior to the eat by date.

How to store frozen vegetables to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can keep frozen vegetables fresher longer and preserve their taste by storing them in freezer safe containers at a constant temperature.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How to use up frozen vegetables before they expire?

  • Add them to your omelet or find another recipe using the Bird’s eye site. It allows you to enter the frozen vegetable you’ve got and then gives you a list of recipes using that vegetable.
  • To find out how long to cook frozen corn, see our table on how long to boil corn.

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

    How long do frozen vegetables last? That depends. How long does pasta last? In general, frozen vegetables last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the recipe. 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 frozen vegetables.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the shelf life of frozen vegetables information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases may vary. Our advice should be taken as an opinion and never replace the advice of your health care provider. Please eat responsibly!