How long can foodstuffs last? That’s a question many homeowners are asking now that they are spending considerably more time at home and preparing meals. The longevity of different condiments, jams, jellies, dips, sauces and similar items depends on if and when they are opened and how they are stored.
You can better track the useful life of the contents of your refrigerator and pantry by labeling jars and bottles with the date that they are opened. Don’t rely on use-by dates to determine useful life if something has already been opened. Store items that don’t need to be refrigerated before and after opening in a cool, dark place advises the Ohio State University Extension. Avoid storing foodstuffs in a warmer cabinet, in the oven, dishwasher or near the refrigerator exhaust.
Certain items that are typically stored in the pantry can have their freshness extended if they are stored in the refrigerator. These include: mustard, mayo, barbeque sauce, ketchup, soy and teriyaki sauces, Worcestershire sauce and salsa. Refrigerating sauces and condiments helps to maintain their freshness for longer periods. It’s more about taste than shelf life.
If you believe that many products can be used passed their expiration dates, always check for suspicious odors, discoloration, mold or other signs that the product has gone off.
The following guidelines were derived from information on Foodkeeper (it has an app you can use to track), and Kansas State University Cooperative Extension.
Product Unopened and Unrefrigerated Shelf Life Opened and Refrigerated Shelf Life
Barbeque Sauce 1 year 4 months
Chutney 1 year 1 to 2 months
Hoisin Sauce 18 to 24 months 3 to 6 months
Honey 2 years Store in pantry
Horseradish 12 months (if refrigerated) 3 to 4 months
Hot Sauce 9 to 12 months 6 months
Jams, Jellies, Preserves 6 to 18 months 6 to 12 months
Jarred Pesto 6 to 9 months 7 days
Jarred Spaghetti Sauce 18 months 4 days
Ketchup 1 year 6 months
Maple Syrup 12 months Longer if refrigerated
Mayo 3 to 6 months 2 months
Mustard 1 to 2 years 1 year
Oyster Sauce 18 to 24 months 3 to 6 months
Natural Peanut Butter 1 year 3 to 4 months
Regular Peanut Butter 6 to 9 months/1 year (if refrigerated) 2 to 3 months (in pantry)/3 to 4 months (if refrigerated)
Pickles 1 year 1 to 3 months
Relish 2.5 years 9 months
Salad Dressing 10 to 12 months 1 to 3 months
Salsa 1 year 1 month
Soy or Teriyaki Sauce 3 years 1 month
Tahini 1 year 3 weeks
Vinegar 2 years 1 year
Worcestershire Sauce 1 year 1 year
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