How Long Does Pure Vanilla Extract Last?


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Keeps indefinitely


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  • The precise answer to the question 'How long does vanilla extract last?' depends to a large extent on storage conditions - when properly stored, pure vanilla extract has an indefinite shelf life.
  • To maximize the shelf life of vanilla extract, store in a cool dry area; keep tightly closed when not in use.
  • How long does imitation vanilla extract last? The shelf life of imitation vanilla extract is not nearly as long as the shelf life of pure vanilla extract: the imitation variety will generally stay good for 4 years.
  • Does freezing pure vanilla extract help keep it fresh? No, freezing of vanilla extract is not necessary and is not recommended.
  • How to tell if vanilla extract is bad? Properly stored in a cool, dark area, the shelf life of pure vanilla extract is indefinite; if exposed to highs levels of heat, moisture and light, pure vanilla extract may lose some of its potent aroma and flavor over time or develop a hazy appearance, but the vanilla extract should still be safe to use.

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