How long can foodstuffs last? That’s a question many homeowners in Denver Colorado 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 according to Colorado.gov. 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 help 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 foodsafety.gov.
|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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