Shelf Life Tips
- How long does relish last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of opened relish (including hotdog, hamburger, sweet, india, pickle, piccalilli), keep it refrigerated and tightly covered.
How long does opened relish last in the refrigerator? Relish that has been continuously refrigerated will generally stay at best quality for about 1 year.
Is opened relish safe to use after the expiration date on the jar? Yes, provided it has been stored properly, the jar is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially jarred relish 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 relish will remain at peak quality.
The storage time shown for opened relish is for best quality only - after that, the relish'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 jar is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
How can you tell if opened relish is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the relish: if the relish develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
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