How long does green chili last in the fridge?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long does green chili last in the fridge?”, how to store green chilies, how to freeze whole green chilies, how to freeze chili paste, how long can cooked green chili last, and how to reheat green chili.

How long does green chili last in the fridge?

An open can of green chili pepper lasts about 1-2 months in the fridge, provided that it is continuously kept at 40F or below. Fresh green chilies stay fresh for up to 7 days in the fridge. 

Cooked chili, packed in an air-tight container, lasts 3-4 days in the fridge. Once cooked, let the chili come down to room temperature before refrigeration. Store the cooked chili in the freezer for an extended shelf-life. 

If stored correctly, canned green chili stays safe past the printed date. The best-by date printed on the can is just an estimation of how long the chilies will remain in their peak quality. 

If you want to extend the shelf-life of the canned green chilies, consider freezing them. Correctly frozen canned green chilies stay fresh for up to 6 months. The chilies remain safe past 6 months but the changes in the quality will be noticeable. 

Frozen green chilies after thawing stay fresh for only about 3-4 days in the fridge. This only applies if the green chilies were thawed in the fridge. It is not safe to refrigerate green chilies thawed at the counter, in the microwave, or under cold running water.

How to store green chilies?

Green chilies placed in a freezer bag or ziplock bag last about a week in the fridge. If you want to make the chilies last longer in the fridge, use the kitchen towel method. 

Line an air-tight container with a kitchen towel, then add green chilies to it. Place another kitchen towel on top such that the green chilies are thoroughly covered. 

Close the lid of the container and place it in the fridge. If you refrigerate your green chilies this way, they will stay fresh for up to 20-25 days in the fridge. 

How to freeze whole green chili?

Rinse the green chilies and pat them dry using paper towels. Spread the green chilies onto a  baking tray and flash freeze. When the chilies have frozen solid, transfer them to a freezer bag. Express out as much air as possible from the freezer bag to create a vacuum-like environment. Label the bag and chuck it into the freezer. 

How to freeze green chili paste?

Rinse the green chilies under cold running water. Then pat them dry using good quality paper towels. Pulse the green chilies in a food processor until nice and smooth.

Fill an ice cube tray with the green chili paste and flash freeze it. Keep the green chili paste as-is or transfer the frozen cubes to a freezer bag to save freezer space.

If you do not have an ice cube tray, scoop the green chili paste onto a baking tray lined with a plastic sheet. Put the tray in the freezer. When the green chili scoops have frozen solid, transfer them from the tray into a freezer bag.

How to tell if the green chilies have gone bad?

The green chilies have gone bad if they become discolored, moldy, mushy, etc. The same goes for cooked green chili. If the cooked green chili has fuzzy moldy patches growing on its surface, it has turned. Similarly, discard your cooked green chili if it becomes discolored, moldy, or develops an off-smell or off-flavor. 

How long can cooked green chilies sit out?

Once cooked, do not wait for the chilies to cool down for more than 2 hours. Cooked green chili that has been left on the counter for more than 2 hours at temperatures between 40-140F is considered unfit for consumption. If the outside temperature is warmer than 90F, do not keep the cooked green chili out for more than one hour.

The temperature range of 40-140F is referred to as the Danger zone. Because bacteria multiply exponentially at this range and quickly reach unacceptable levels. 

How to reheat green chili?

Green chili can be reheated in the microwave or on the stovetop. If the green chili was frozen, let it thaw completely before reheating. 

Transfer your green chili to a microwave-safe bowl and add a splash of water so that it does not dry out during heating in the microwave.

Conclusion 

In this article, we answered the question “How long does green chili last in the fridge?”, how to store green chilies, how to freeze whole green chilies, how to freeze chili paste, how long can cooked green chili last, and how to reheat green chili.

References 

https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/16815

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https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/how-to-store-green-chillies-to-increase-their-shelf-life-1878544

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