How Long Does Fish Sauce Last?


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2-3 years


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long does fish sauce last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of fish sauce store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
  • How long does unopened or opened fish sauce last at room temperature? Properly stored, unopened or opened fish sauce will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 4 years at normal room temperature.
  • To maximize the shelf life of fish sauce, keep the container tightly closed when not in use.
  • Is fish sauce safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged fish sauce 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 fish sauce will remain at peak quality.
  • How can you tell if fish sauce is still good? Fish sauce typically loses flavor over time - if the fish sauce develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded.

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