If you are a ketchup fan like I am, you are going to have lots of bottles of it in your pantry. You will never have enough of the ketchup. Or, if you are a person who rarely uses ketchup, there is no chance that it will end soon. In any of the cases, we have got you covered.
Ketchup will also go bad like any other food product if it is not stored properly. It contains salts, sugars, and vinegar, which help preserve it; even then, it can not be kept forever and requires proper storage conditions.
How to store your ketchup?
Ketchup has a good shelf life of about a year if it is provided with good conditions. It is not a dip that will go bad easily. It contains vinegar, salts, and sugars that help preserve it. It also has some added preservatives that further increase its shelf life.
You probably would have consumed your ketchup before it goes bad. You can take some precautionary measures to store it better.
Do not leave the lid of the ketchup opened
Whenever you have used your ketchup, you need to ensure that you have placed its lid back. If it is left open, it may undergo dehydration and become thick. The air may also contaminate the ketchup, and the shelf life can be reduced.
The air can oxidize the ketchup since it contains different acids. The taste and the texture of the ketchup can be altered. It may become unsuitable to be used.
Do not let water mix with your ketchup
The ketchup should be keep away from water. Although you get your ketchup in bottles, if you squeeze it into a bowl, always use a dry spoon. If you use a wet spoon for it, it will get extra moisture to facilitate bacteria and fungi’ growth.
The ketchup can go bad before its expiry date. The texture, appearance, taste, and color would be changed.
Keep it away from sunlight
The ketchup should never be left under sunlight. The sunlight gives heat to it, and molds can grow. The sunlight can also cause the separation of oils in the ketchup, making it look weird.
Refrigerate your ketchup
Refrigerating your ketchup is the most suitable option. There are low chances of environmental contamination when it is refrigerated. If the bottle is properly closed, it can stay for up to a year in the fridge.
The low temperature of the fridge also inhibits the growth of bacteria and molds in the ketchup. The oils and the pulp remain intact in the fridge. The shelf life of the ketchup is also increased.
Can you freeze your ketchup?
Technically, there is no need to freeze your ketchup as it would finish before its expiry date. If you are a ketchup fan, your bottle will end up in few months, but if you do not like it and do not see it being used in the coming months, you are free to freeze it.
You can make portions of your ketchup using your ziplock bags. You can also use ice cube trays to store it so that you can get a small portion every time. You can never use a metal container for storing your ketchup. The acids can erode the surface away. The chemical composition of the ketchup can also change.
How long does the ketchup last?
The ketchup can give you a good shelf life of a year if it is placed under optimum conditions. The sealed bottle of the ketchup may also exceed its expiry date and stay fresh. Once you have opened your bottle of ketchup, it can stay good for a year in the pantry.
The refrigerated bottle of ketchup can stay good for a year and a half. If your ketchup gets contaminated, it will not even last for three months. It will go rancid easily. The frozen mass of ketchup can be kept for up to three years. You just need to melt down the desired quantity, and it is good to be used.
How to tell if ketchup is bad?
Ketchup will not go bad for a year on the shelf. It has good sustainability. It will give you some signs and symptoms to confirm if it has gone bad. The following points will help you identify bad ketchup.
- The ketchup changes its color to the darker side. The color will change from red to brown.
- There will be a strong bad smell coming from the ketchup. It may resemble fermentation.
- You might notice a fizz coming off the bottle when you will open it.
- There will be a growth of molds and bacteria in your ketchup, assuring you that it has gone bad.
- The molds may also be present on the neck of the bottle.
- The oils and pulp may have undergone a separation.