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    How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    I have one there that I really want to eat, but it has been sitting there a while...
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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    I would imagine that as long as it's not too hard, and there's no sort of mold, it would be safe. Also, smell it - I noticed, from experience, that cakes smell extremely bad when they rot.

    Personally, though, if it were me, I wouldn't touch it.
    Edit: I do understand that it's fruit cake, but if it's store bought, they put something on it to help preserve it. I suppose, as long as the fruit itself isn't rotting, or doesn't look right, you're ok. I, personally, wouldn't touch such a cake about a week or maybe two (even if it looked ok to eat), but I'm not an expert. We usually put bread in the fridge to keep it from molding because we don't eat it fast enough, but cake doesn't last long enough for that experiment.
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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    It really depends on how it is made dan. If it is a traditanl fruit cake then it will last for ages cause of the alchole in them. Mine last for a few months after christmas if they dont get eaten straight away LOL.
    Yeah smell it and see how it feels too, if it still smells fruity and still has the same texture as what it did when you got it then it should be fine

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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    If it's homemade and has plenty of rum/alcohol, you should be fine. If it's storebought and has been open since the holidays I'd be really careful. When it comes to meat, fish and fruit I always say it's better to put it in the composter than take a chance on getting really sick.
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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by cakeybabe View Post
    If it's homemade and has plenty of rum/alcohol, you should be fine. If it's storebought and has been open since the holidays I'd be really careful. When it comes to meat, fish and fruit I always say it's better to put it in the composter than take a chance on getting really sick.
    Reminds me of the Xmas our Rum and Plum pudding was left out and did not make us sick. It just got stronger.

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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    I would just stay on the safe side and eat it.

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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    They last for hundreds of years...I think they even found some good ones in the pharaohs tombs in Egypt...

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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    I would say something would have to be edible in the first place, and/or made of food products in order for it to go bad. Hence, the reason twinkies found in the Egyptian tombs are still tasty as ever.

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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    I know the ones we used to make when I lived in Ireland lasted forever! Of course the fruit started soaking in rum around November 1st!

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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    They normally last quite a long time..that was a really random question...I think they have the same kind of preservatives as christmas cake and that lasts for ages

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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    the top teir of my cousin's wedding cake (as tradition demands) was her son's christening cake over a year later and everyone ate it and were fine. slightly tipsey and not remcomemnded to drive but fine

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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by pixibubbles View Post
    the top teir of my cousin's wedding cake (as tradition demands) was her son's christening cake over a year later and everyone ate it and were fine. slightly tipsey and not remcomemnded to drive but fine
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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?



    Thanks for the tips everyone. I think I might just have to throw it out, sadly. It's from early December.
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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hehot View Post
    They last for hundreds of years...I think they even found some good ones in the pharaohs tombs in Egypt...


    I'm with you Peter. I thought his thread title was the beginning of a joke. Like a Knock-Knock joke or something. Fruitcakes are like Twinkies. I don't think they HAVE an expiration date.

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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    Well, Dan, I didn't know anyone actually "ate" them. I thought that was usually something someone gives to someone that they don't like? Maybe I'm wrong. I think we regifted one once, so it probably would've been fine!
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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    LOL... I used to think the same thing! When mom got one I'd think "wow, what did she do to offend that person?"
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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    LOL not over here! I actually now have lists of people that want me to make them my chirstmas cakes cause they are that good! One of dads girlfriends brothers is a restraunt owner and he said my cakes were of the quality that he could sell in his restraunt!

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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by ang1477 View Post
    Well, Dan, I didn't know anyone actually "ate" them. I thought that was usually something someone gives to someone that they don't like? Maybe I'm wrong. I think we regifted one once, so it probably would've been fine!
    I think it is because mostly they are either bought, or home-made with not fresh ingredients (ie home-made dried fruits). When you have a GOOD one it is absolutely one of the best holiday foods. when it is skimped even a little bit it tends to suffer quite a bit flavor-wise. These days it is darn near impossible to get good ingredients for it.

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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    I too was thinking of the joke that they are good forever, there really is only one fruitcake. It just travels to a different place all the time.
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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    So I was cleaning out the fridge last night and waaaaaay at the back I found one of my buddy's mom's homemade fruit cakes. She uses the old fashioned soak it in rum for a week method. You want I should ship it out to you Dan?
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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    Dan, we don't have much of lives! Haven't you seen "Anyone bored over the next few weeks"? LOL!! You start us on something and it doesn't stop and goes from one subject to the other!!! We can go on and on and on and on and on and on, well you get the point!
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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    i can't believe you had to ask if you could, well if you should, eat the brick
    I think it's caused blunt force trauma in past xmas catastrophes.

    I've always compared xmas cake to dark matter. how else do you think they can compress so much 'stuff' in such a small volume.
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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    The cake was actually really yummy! I just kind of forgot it since I got it in early December...


    But yeah, it was quite compressed. There must be a month's worth of calories in that thing.
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    Re: How long can a fruitcake last open in the fridge?

    Silly Dan! Nothing you eat at Christmas or after Christmas that's leftover has calories! It has good tidings and holiday cheer and copious but forgivable amounts of sugary joy!
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