How Long Does Ketchup Last Once Opened?


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1 month
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9-12 months (best quality)


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long does ketchup last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of opened ketchup, store in a cool, dark place and keep tightly covered at all times.
  • How long does an opened bottle of ketchup last at normal room temperature? Opened ketchup will usually keep well for 1 month when stored in the pantry.
  • To extend the shelf life of opened ketchup, refrigerate it.
  • How long does opened ketchup last in the refrigerator? Ketchup that has been continuously refrigerated will generally stay at best quality for about 9 to 12 months.
  • Is opened ketchup safe to use after the "expiration date"? Yes, provided it has been stored properly, the bottle is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially bottled ketchup 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 ketchup will remain at peak quality.
  • The storage time shown for opened ketchup is for best quality only - after that, the ketchup's texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been kept continuously refrigerated, the bottle is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
  • How can you tell if opened ketchup is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the ketchup: if the ketchup develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.

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