Refrigerated Condiment Safety Tips

Catsup, Mustard, Mayo

  • Condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, and salad dressings, are often opened and forgotten on the door or shelf of your refrigerator. Although they may last a long time, they can become expired or spoiled before they are completely used. Tips to ensure safe condiments include the following:
  • Label foods with the date the container is first opened.
  • Use open condiments before opening a new one.
  • Check product quality and labeled date before consuming condiments (see below).
  • Throw away if spoiled or expired.

WHAT DO THE PRODUCT DATES MEAN?

Best by, use by, best if used by, best before – all indicate the date a product should be used for best quality, neither is a food safety/spoilage issue.

Shelf life of common condiments after opening

  • Olives: 2 weeks
  • Barbeque Sauce: 4 months
  • Pesto: 3 days
  • Gravy: 1–2 days
  • Pickles: 1–3 months
  • Horseradish: 3–4 months
  • Relish: 9 months
  • Hot Sauce: 6 months
  • Salad Dressing: 1–3 months
  • Jams and Jellies: 6–12 months
  • Taco Sauce: 1 month
  • Ketchup: 6 months
  • Soy Sauce: 1 month
  • Mayonnaise: 1–2 months
  • Worcestershire Sauce: 1 year
  • Mustard: 1 year

 

For more information, download Foodsafety.gov’s FoodKeeper App (www.foodsafety.gov/keep/foodkeeperapp)

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