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Of course, frozen fruit lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember that frozen fruit, like a lot of other fruit, usually has a best by date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use frozen fruit to compliment your favorite meals even after the best by date has lapsed.
How to tell if Frozen Fruit is bad, rotten or spoiled?
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent foodborne illness.
Sight is usually the best way to tell if your frozen fruit has gone bad.
Some common traits of bad frozen fruit are a dull color and a frostbitten look. There will be a lot of very white colored ice if the fruit has been around too long. You could still use the fruit, by putting it in a strainer and running cold water over it, but if there is too much white ice then the fruit will probably taste a little bit worse than nothing (bland).
Also beware as to whether the ice is on the fruit (OK) or the fruit has been frostbitten. If freezer-burned, the actual fruit will appear white and have a slightly different texture.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods before their shelf life has expired!
How to store Frozen Fruit to extend its shelf life?
You can help frozen fruit keep fresh longer by storing it in a freezer safe container, like a zip lock bag made for the freezer. Always squeeze as much air as possible out of the bag before putting it back into the freezer. For more on freezing fundamentals, check our freezer post.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.
How long is Frozen Fruit good for when prepared in a dish?
How long does frozen fruit last? That depends. How long does fruit juice last? In general, frozen fruit will only last as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the recipe. They will turn to a mushy consistency if left in the refrigerator for more than a day.
What are our shelf life resources?
In determining how long Frozen Fruit lasts, 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 Fruit.
*An important note about expiration dates...
Although the Frozen Fruit 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 a replacement for your health care professional. Please eat responsibly!