How long do maraschino cherries last in the fridge?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long does maraschino cherries last in the fridge”, and how to tell if the maraschino cherries have gone bad?

Read on for a brief guide on how to safely store maraschino cherries. The article also mentions the signs you need to look out for to identify bad cherries. 

How long do maraschino cherries last in the fridge? 

Maraschino cherries stay fresh up to to 3 years in the fridge if kept unopened. If kept open,  they last somewhere between 6 to 12 months in the fridge. 

The best way to check the expiry is by seeing the label and by searching the expiry mentioned by the company. 

The expiry depends on various factors like the processing method, how the cherries were prepared, and the storage method. Canned cherries can stay up to 2 or 3 years in the pantry if unopened.

Product Pantry (opened)Refrigerator (unopened)
Expiry in Expiry in 
Maraschino cherries2-3 years 6-12 months 

Maraschino cherries have an exceptional shelf-life as long as they are unopened. However, like all fruits and vegetables, maraschino cherries will last only a week if kept open in the pantry.

Another edge we have is that maraschino cherries come with a best-before instead of the use-by date. It means that you can safely use these cherries past the printed date. 

Cold storage is the best method to keep the maraschino cherries fresh for a longer period. According to a cherry expert we spoke to, cherries can lose more quality in one hour at room temperature than a day in the refrigerator. Thus, put your cherries in the fridge as soon as possible, preferably wrapped in a plastic bag

How long do maraschino cherries last in the freezer?

Freezing is the best method to keep cherries fresh because the cherries will be as fresh upon thawing as they were initially.

In the freezer, maraschino cherries can last up to 10-12 months before going bad. This applies only if the freezer conditions remain constant. The fluctuations in temperature can lead to spoilage.

How long do maraschino cherries last on the counter? 

If opened, maraschino cherries will last up to 2 or 3 days on the counter. It is because exposure to air and sunlight making serves as a favorable environment for spoilage and pathogenic bacteria to thrive. Store these maraschino cherries on the counter only when you know that you will consume them immediately.

How to tell if maraschino cherries have gone bad?

The best method to assess whether the cherries have gone bad or not is by observing them. First of all, inspect the lid of the can. 

If the lid is rounded it means that the cherries have spoiled because the lid is bulged due to the production of gas in the can by different kinds of spore-forming gas-producing bacteria

The other indication of the round lid is that the can was not sealed properly in the processing or there was some mishandling in the packaging or transportation. 

When you open the lid and do not hear any sound it means that the seal is not intact, thus, indicating that the cherries in the can have gone bad. 

Another way is to check if there is any discoloration on top of the cherries. Mold can grow usually if they get aerobic conditions. So look for the brown or blackish patch of growth. 

If you see any type of growth or even change in the color it means that your maraschino cherries have gone bad. If you see any of the above indications readily discard the cherries because consuming them will lead to food poisoning that is reflected in an upset stomach and diarrhea. 

How to store cherries properly?

The best way to store maraschino cherries is to keep them in refrigerated conditions because low temperatures prevent the reproduction of the spores present in the can, thus preventing spoilage. 

When opened and placed in the refrigerator they will last no more than a week because of the spoilage bacteria growth due to exposure to air. 

You can store the opened can of maraschino cherries in the pantry unopened where there is no direct sunlight and the temperature is less than 75 Fahrenheit. 

When opened they won’t stay for long in the pantry so the best practice is o place them in an air-tight jar and pop it in the fridge. 


In this article, we will answer the question “How long does maraschino cherries last in the fridge”, and how to tell if the maraschino cherries have gone bad?


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