How Long Are Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Good For?

How Long Are Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Good For

Pillsbury crescent rolls are a delightfully delicious puff pastry filled with cream or fruit. You can, of course, make them at home, but you can also buy them ready or semi-made. As tasty as they are, they can be a bit tricky regarding their shelf life since the form in which you store them has a significant impact. So, how long are Pillsbury crescent rolls good for?

After baking, Pillsbury crescent rolls are good for a few hours before they need to be refrigerated. If you buy them semi-done, you can keep them in the fridge for up to two days, after which you need to bake or freeze them. In the freezer (baked or not), they are good for 12 months; in the fridge for up to a week. 

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.

ConditionHow long do Pillsbury crescent rolls last?
Opened Four to five days
Unopened Two months after the expiration day
In the fridge Up to a week
In the freezerUp to twelve months
After baking A few hours
Before baking You need to bake or freeze them immediately
At room temperature Four to five days (opened)Two days (freshly baked)

The good news about Pillsbury crescent rolls is that they last long. First, let’s make something clear; when I say “last,” I mean how long they are good and tasty, as they can be even longer, and there will be signs that they are not safe anymore. An unopened package can last up to five months. The “best by” date is usually three months after they have been made, but if you haven’t opened them by then, you have two more months. 

An opened package of Pillsbury crescent rolls will be good for about four-five days before they start getting dry and crumbly. Oddly enough, the taste will not decrease much, but the texture will be almost ruined after this time. After baking, it is a matter of hours how long they can last before you store them properly. If you bake them and let them sit outside, the light and temperature will do their thing. As a result, the Pillsbury crescent rolls will get dry and fall apart as you bite.

Right after making and before they are baked, you need to refrigerate or freeze your Pillsbury crescent rolls as the chemical processes in the dough will continue to progress and alter the rolls. In the freezer, they can last up to twelve months, whether baked or not baked. After taking them out, you need to let them thaw before baking them or warming them up. Never place the Pillsbury crescent rolls in the oven right out of the freezer. At room temperature, baked Pillsbury crescent rolls can last for no more than 48 hours before they lose stability and start getting crumbly.

How to Store 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. Avoid storing the Pillsbury crescent rolls in a plastic container, opt for a glass container if you can. 

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 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. 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 these symptoms.

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? 

Therefore, if you have spoiled Pillsbury rolls, they will likely be at the initial spoiling point, so don’t worry, they won’t do too much damage. 

  • Laura is the owner of Julie's Cafe Bakery. She started this blog with her grandma Julie who introduced her to the amazing world of cooking. She likes to experiment with different flavors, and her favorite flavors combo is chicken with coconut milk, curry and peanuts!