- How long does an unopened bottle of chili oil last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions -to maximize shelf life, store in a cool, dark area.
How long does an unopened bottle of chili oil last at room temperature? Properly stored, an unopened bottle of chili oil will generally stay at best quality for about 24 months.
Is unopened chili oil safe to use after the expiration date on the bottle? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the bottle is undamaged - commercially bottled chili oil 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 chili oil will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the chili oil's texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly, the bottle is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
How can you tell if chili oil is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the chili oil: if the oil develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded.
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