Find out how long apple cider lasts and how you can store it to enjoy throughout the fall and winter.
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Apple cider is a refreshing drink made from pressed apples. It can be enjoyed fresh or fermented, and it’s a popular fall beverage. But how long does apple cider last?
Apple cider is typically made with a blend of different apples, and the type of apple used can affect the flavor and shelf life of the cider. Freshly pressed apple cider will last about 7-10 days in the fridge. If you want your cider to last longer, you can fermentation. Fermented apple cider will last 3-4 months in the fridge.
If you’re not planning on drinking your apple cider right away, you can freeze it to extend its shelf life. Frozen apple cider will last 6-8 months in the freezer. To prevent freezer burn, be sure to seal your cider in an airtight container before freezing.
How long does unopened apple cider last?
When stored properly, unopened apple cider will last for 3-5 weeks in the fridge or up to a year in the freezer. If cider is stored at a temperature that is too warm, it will spoil more quickly. Once opened, apple cider should be refrigerated and used within 7-10 days.
How long does opened apple cider last?
Opened apple cider lasts about 7-10 days, while unopened apple cider lasts up to 3 months past its printed date, if stored properly.
How to store apple cider?
Unopened, apple cider can be stored in the pantry, up to a month. However, opened bottles of cider should be refrigerated and used within 5 days for the best flavor. If you need to store it longer, opened bottles of cider can be kept in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Can you freeze apple cider?
Most commercial cider is pasteurized, which means it’s been heat-treated to kill bacteria and other food-spoiling microorganisms. Because of this, it has a longer shelf life than unpasteurized cider, which must be kept refrigerated.
Pasteurized cider will last two to three months unopened in the fridge. Once you open it, however, you should use it within a week or two. Unpasteurized cider will last only a few days in the fridge.
You can extend the shelf life of both types of cider by freezing them. Freeze pasteurized cider in its original container for up to six months. Unpasteurized cider should be transferred to freezer-safe containers before freezing; it will last in the freezer for up to two months.
After opening, you can keep refrigerated apple cider for up to 2 weeks. Unopened bottles of commercial apple cider can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months. If you see any signs of spoilage such as sediment in the bottom of the bottle or mold on the top, discard the cider.