How Long Are Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Good For?

How Long Are Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Good For
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Pillsbury crescent rolls are a delightfully delicious puff pastry, perfect for filling with cream or fruit. While you can certainly craft them from scratch at home, they are also conveniently available as ready-to-roll-and-bake dough. The shelf life of these tasty treats is an important consideration, as it greatly depends on how they are stored. So, the question arises: How long are Pillsbury crescent rolls good for?

Since Pillsbury crescent rolls are incredibly delicious, it would be a shame not to enjoy them just because you didn’t know how long they last or how to store them properly. Therefore in the following paragraphs, I will explain how long Pillsbury crescent rolls last and how to store them.

How Long Do Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Last?

Here is a cheat sheet to help you out before we start. However, make sure you read the whole article since there is some important information that will help you decide how to store the dough.

ConditionHow long do Pillsbury crescent rolls last?
Opened in the fridge Four to five days
Unopened in the fridgeTwo months after the expiration day
Unopened at room temperatureFew hours
Unopened in the freezerUp to twelve months, but not recommended
After baking at room temperatureOne day
After baking in the freezerUp to twelve months
After baking in the fridgeTwo days

The good news about Pillsbury crescent rolls is that they have a decent shelf life when stored properly. It’s important to note that by ‘last,’ I am referring to the period during which they retain their best quality in terms of taste and texture.

An unopened package of Pillsbury crescent rolls should be used by the ‘best by’ date indicated on the packaging for optimal freshness.

Remember, the ‘best by’ date indicates the period during which the product is expected to be at its best quality. You can still consume the product after this date, but be aware that the manufacturer is not responsible for any changes in appearance or texture that may occur past this date. What it means in this context, you will find out later in the article.

Once opened, a package of Pillsbury crescent rolls should be used within the same day, as the dough tends to become dry and harder to manage if left for longer. The texture of the rolls may change, but they will still be edible.

After baking, the crescent rolls are best enjoyed within a day if kept at room temperature. However, if you store them in the fridge, they can last for up to two days.

It’s essential to bake the Pillsbury crescent rolls soon after opening the package, as the dough is not intended for long-term storage once opened. Pillsbury advises against freezing the dough, as it can affect the dough’s quality and texture. Freezing won’t spoil the dough, so nothing dangerous will happen if you freeze it, but it will significantly affect its quality.

However, if you have already baked the crescent rolls, they can be stored in the freezer and will last for up to twelve months. Remember to let them thaw before reheating. Do not put Pillsbury crescent rolls directly in the oven from the freezer. When stored at room temperature, the baked crescent rolls should be consumed within a day to ensure the best texture and taste.

crescent rolls best before date on the can

How to Store Baked Pillsbury Crescent Rolls?

The best way to store Pillsbury crescent rolls is in the fridge in an airtight container. However, see that they are not stacked over one another as they will become flat. Always see that they aren’t pressed but resting comfortably. 

Also, if you stack them in layers, placing parchment paper between each layer and on the bottom of the container is a good idea.

In the freezer, place the rolls in a freezer baggy and put the baggy in a plastic container. You shouldn’t use glass, as it may break due to the low temperature in the freezer. Don’t place the rolls directly in the container as they will stick to it, making it harder to thaw them after taking them out. 

Do Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Need to Be Refrigerated After Baking?

No, Pillsbury crescent rolls don’t need to be refrigerated right after baking, but they need to be refrigerated eventually. After baking, it is best to cover the Pillsbury crescent rolls with a cotton towel and let them rest for a while. 

After that, they will be good at room temperature for about a few hours when you need to refrigerate them. 

How Long Are Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Good After the Expiration Date?

The expiration date on the package is usually three months, but if you don’t open them by then, don’t worry. You have additional two months to do this. The date given by the manufacturer is an indicative date by which the rolls will be safe and tasty (that’s why it says “Best if used by date on can end”). The additional two months are the period in which the rolls will still be edible, but their quality may decrease. 

How to Know if Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Have Gone Bad?

As I said, Pillsbury crescent rolls can decrease in quality but still be safe to eat. If they are safe, but their quality has started to diminish, the rolls will be crumbly and dry. 

If they are no longer safe, they will start changing their color. So, they will start transitioning from golden brown to a darker brown with a little greenish on the edges spreading toward the middle. 

There will be a smell too. At first, the smell of bad Pillsbury crescent rolls is similar to that of active yeast, and as time passes, they will start smelling like mold. 

What Happens if You Eat Spoiled Pillsbury Crescent Rolls?

In general, spoiled Pillsbury rolls cause stomach pain, nausea, and the urge to vomit, but it doesn’t have to mean that you will experience all of these symptoms. [1]

Every organism is a different story, so if you have spoiled Pillsbury crescent rolls, you may have some mild stomach ache, and your friend may not be able to stand. However, in general, the more spoiled the rolls are, the worse the consequences, but what are the chances of having rolls that look like and smell like mold? 

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