Shelf Life Tips
- How long does sour cream last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of opened sour cream, keep it refrigerated at all times.
To maximize the shelf life of sour cream after opening, keep refrigerated and tightly covered, either in the original packaging or in an airtight container.
How long does opened sour cream last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, an opened package of sour cream will generally last for about two weeks after opening, assuming it has been continuously refrigerated.
How long can sour cream be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; sour cream should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
Can you freeze sour cream? Freezing is not recommended, as the texture of sour cream once thawed will be watery and clumpy.
How can you tell if sour cream is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the sour cream: discard any sour cream with an off smell or appearance or if mold appears; do not taste the sour cream first.
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