Shelf Life Tips
- How long do pickled beets last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of opened pickled beets keep them refrigerated and tightly covered.
How long do opened pickled beets last in the refrigerator? Pickled beets that have been continuously refrigerated will generally stay at best quality for about 1 to 3 months.
Are opened pickled beets safe to use after the expiration date on the jar or can? Yes, provided they have been stored properly, the jar or can is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially packaged pickled beets 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 pickled beets will remain at peak quality.
The storage time shown for opened pickled beets is for best quality only - after that, the pickled beets' texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, they will still be safe to consume if they have been kept continuously refrigerated, the jar or can is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
How can you tell if opened pickled beets are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the pickled beets: if the pickled beets develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.
Discard all pickled beets from jars or cans that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.
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