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This Is How Long Condiments Really Last After Opening

How long does mayo last in the refrigerator? How about that bottle of mustard gathering dust? Use this guide to decide what needs to go and what can stay.

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BBQ Sauce in Measuring CupMichelle Lee Photography/Shutterstock

How Long Does BBQ Sauce Last?

Whether it’s smoky and sweet or hot and spicy, you can store opened barbecue sauce in the refrigerator for four months. Go ahead and stock up on the best barbecue sauce brands in the USA.

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Pouring aromatic honey into jar, closeupAfrica Studio/Shutterstock

How Long Does Honey Last?

A delicious natural sweetener, an open jar of honey can be stored in the pantry for up to two years. Did you know honey isn’t just a sweet treat? It has some impressive health and beauty benefits, too.

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bowl of tomato hot sauce with peppers, rosemary and cutleryWild Drago/Shutterstock

Does Hot Sauce Expire?

Given its spicy ingredients, hot sauce has a super-long shelf life. An open bottle of hot sauce can be stored in the pantry for six months or in the refrigerator (where it will remain fresher) for one to two years. Love when things are hot, hot, hot? You need our ultimate guide to hot sauces.

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Classic hummusTaste of Home

How Long Does Hummus Last?


Whether served with pita chips or chopped vegetables, hummus is a convenient and healthy treat. Refrigerated hummus is best used within seven days after opening. Here’s our Test Kitchen’s favorite brand of hummus.

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Peach raspberry jamTaste of Home

How Long Is Jam Good For?

Jams, jellies and preserves should be used six to twelve months after opening when stored in the refrigerator. This easy recipe for strawberry freezer jam will knock your socks off.

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fresh tomato ketchup in dishneil langan/Shutterstock

How Long Does Ketchup Last?

Did you know that the average American eats 71 pounds of ketchup annually? That’s a lot of tomatoes! An open bottle of ketchup should be used within six months if stored in the refrigerator or one year if stored in the pantry. Here are more crazy facts about this popular condiment.

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Mayonnaise in a glass jar with a spoon on white wooden boards.sasha2109/Shutterstock

How Long Does Mayo Last?

Tangy and sweet, mayo is delicious on a BLT sandwich or in a chicken salad. An open jar of mayo stored in the refrigerator should be used within two months of opening. And yes, mayo is the secret to a super-moist chocolate cake.

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Fresh made Mustard on a vintage background (close-up shot); Shutterstock ID 562035217HandmadePictures/Shutterstock

Can Mustard Go Bad?


Perfect as a hot dog topper or pretzel dipper, mustard has a great shelf life. An open bottle can be stored for one to two years in the pantry or one year in the refrigerator. These are our favorite recipes to make with mustard.

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Variety of homemade sauces and salad dressings in mason jars including vinaigrette, ranch and honey mustardElena Veselova/Shutterstock

How Long Does Salad Dressing Last?

We can’t be the only ones with at least four different varieties of salad dressing open at the same time, right? Salad dressing should be stored in the refrigerator and used within three months after opening. We love these homemade salad dressing recipes.

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What Is the Average Sour Cream Shelf Life?

Whether used as a creamy dip or a classic topping for a baked potato, sour cream is a versatile condiment. After opening a container of sour cream, store it in the refrigerator and used it up within seven to 10 days.

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How Long Does Soy Sauce Last?

This Asian condiment—made from fermented soybeans and wheat—is a popular marinade ingredient that adds a delicious umami flavor. An open bottle of soy sauce can be stored for three years in the pantry or for one month in the refrigerator. Try one of these marinade recipes the next time you grill out.

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Homemade canned spaghetti sauceTaste of Home

How Long Can You Keep Sauce in the Fridge?

Spaghetti is one of our favorite easy weeknight dinners. After opening a jar of pasta sauce, it should be stored in the refrigerator and used within four days. By the way—we tested 11 jars of spaghetti sauce. This one was our favorite.

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Bowl of tahini with sesame seedsAlexander Prokopenko/Shutterstock

What Is the Shelf Life of Tahini?

This sesame seed-based condiment is a staple in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. An open jar of tahini can be stored for one year in pantry or for three weeks in the refrigerator. Tahini is the star ingredient in this halva recipe.

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Worcestershire sauce in dishneil langan/Shutterstock

What Is the Shelf Life of Worcestershire Sauce?


Hard to say, but easy to store. Keep an open bottle of Worcestershire sauce for up to one year in the pantry or up to three years in the refrigerator.

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