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VEGETABLE BROTH OR STOCK, COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR PACKAGED, SOLD UNREFRIGERATED - OPENED

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4-5 days
Freezer
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4-6 months

Tips

  • How long does a can or package of vegetable broth last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep opened vegetable broth refrigerated and tightly covered.
  • To maximize the shelf life of canned or packaged vegetable broth after opening, refrigerate in covered glass or plastic container.
  • How long does opened vegetable broth last in the refrigerator? Vegetable broth that has been continuously refrigerated will keep for about 4 to 5 days.
  • Is vegetable broth safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it has been stored properly, the package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially packaged vegetable broth will typically carry a "Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before", or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the vegetable broth will remain at peak quality.
  • To further extend the shelf life of opened vegetable broth, freeze it: to freeze vegetable broth, place inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long does vegetable broth last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 6 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - vegetable broth that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does vegetable broth last after being frozen and thawed? Vegetable broth that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; vegetable broth that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if opened vegetable broth is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the vegetable broth: if the vegetable broth develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
  • Discard all vegetable broth from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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