Can I Use Canned Biscuits Past the Expiration Date?

by Reader Contributors

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You can often find canned biscuits deeply discounted when they are nearing their expiration dates. But how long after the expiration date can you still safely eat them? Our frugal readers weigh in.

Dear Dollar Stretcher,
Sometimes my grocery store has canned biscuits (the refrigerated kind) greatly discounted because they are nearing the expiration date. Does anyone have any idea how long these typically stay good past the expiration date? Am I better off just baking them and then freezing the cooked biscuits? Do they freeze okay? I hate to pass them up when they are marked down, but I also don’t want my savings to go to waste.
Angela

Can Canned Biscuits Be Used Past the Expiration Date?

Our frugal readers are pros at taking advantage of a good buy without letting their money-saving efforts go to waste. So we asked them this question about canned biscuits. Here is the advice they sent in about how to safely used canned biscuits past the expiration date so you don’t pass up this savings opportunity or lose your savings.

Partially Cook Canned Biscuits and Freeze

If I were buying these, I would partially cook them before the expiration date, freeze them, and finish browning them before serving. However, for very little time and money, you can make much better biscuits by using self-rising flour and following directions on the package.
Barbara

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Experiment to Determine the Accuracy of Expiration Dates

I’ve used biscuits a couple of months after their expiration date without any noticeable degradation. I suggest that you run an experiment. Buy several cans of biscuits, allow them to expire, and bake one can each month past that date. At the point that the smell or taste begins to change, you’ll know how long they can be stored. This will happen long before they become unsafe.

I doubt that they can be frozen without causing the can to split open, but perhaps that’s another experiment you can run!
H

Make Homemade Hot Pockets with Canned Biscuits

I have used canned biscuits to make homemade “hot pockets” for my son’s lunch at community college. Each one is flattened and filled with leftovers (taco meat, sloppy joes, scrambled eggs and peppers, etc.). Then I bake them according to the package and freeze. My son then has a grab and go meal that he can heat up in a microwave.
HW

My Experience with Expired Canned Biscuits

I can only offer advice based on my own experience.

My canned biscuits were over a month old. Since I wanted the biscuits with the chili I was making, it seemed worthwhile to give them a try. For one thing, they were difficult to pull apart out of the can to place on my cooking sheet. The texture was more doughy and sticky than usual. Since the quality seemed affected, I kept an eye on them in the oven. They took a little less time to bake, but my husband was more than happy to enjoy them with his dinner. They seemed fine to me too.

This was an Aldi’s brand, so other name brands may have different outcomes based on how long they are past the expiration date.
Joni

Go Ahead and Buy Canned Biscuits on Clearance

I often have those cans of biscuits in my refrigerator and use them well past their expiration date without any problems. I am talking months, not days. Buy them when you find them on clearance.
Kathryn

Freeze Uncooked Canned Biscuits…Out of the Can

Take them out of the container and place individually on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Put the tray in the freezer for a few hours or until frozen. Put the frozen biscuits into a zipper freezer bag. You can now take out and use whenever you like!
KG

Or Freeze Canned Biscuits in the Can

I have frozen biscuits still in the can without any issues if you want to try that method instead of freezing baked biscuits.
Wendy

Bake and Freeze Canned Biscuits to Be Safe

They should be fine unopened and refrigerated for a month or two past the date, but for safety’s sake, bake-and-freeze is the way to go.
Rani

A Bit Dry but Fine

Yes, you can use canned biscuits after their expiration or best buy date. They actually keep a long time. I have had one pop itself open though, so be cautious to that happening.

I volunteer at a food bank, and we had a pallet of expired biscuits/crescent rolls. Some did open, so we tossed them. I brought some home, and it was weeks later when I opened them. I found the dough to be a bit dryer than fresh dough, but they baked up fine.
Mary

Reviewed August 2020

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