Salad dressing contains lots of sugar that act as a preservative; if not sugar, other preservatives are added to stay longer. But even then, they can go bad, but it depends on the product category. High in preservatives, they can still be spoiling if kept for a longer duration or unfavorable conditions.
If the oil is separated in the case of oil-based dressing, you don’t need to worry shake it well before you use it. Salad dressing is among those condiments that have best by date for this varied reason; they take little longer to get substandard.
How to store salad dressing?
It is quite simple to store the dressing. There are several ways to store the salad dressing depending upon whether it is either dry, refrigerated, or unrefrigerated. How have you brought it from the store, and if it is homemade and not made from pre-made-mix, the way to store it will be different. The following step shall be taken into consideration for the best outcomes.
Keep it away from sunlight
Whether dry or in the form of liquid, all types of dressing should not be exposed to heat or direct sunlight. Also, avoid keeping it in a dry place; the product can be affected by moisture, and the source of heat will affects the quality of the ingredients, which eventually will lead to a decrease in its shelf life.
Store in a container:
If you make a homemade dressing, it would be better to keep it in an airtight container; the container should be clean and dry before you pour in your dressing, or even if the store brought it should be sealed tightly after you open it for use.
To keep it fresh, it is best to use a glass container, contrary to plastic containers, which are not good or recommended for health.
Refrigerate or not?
There is much dressing that needs to be refrigerated, and is several others that you can keep away from the refrigerator. The ones you brought from the store refrigerator shall be kept in refrigerators after you open them.
It also comes with instructions on the bottle; as long as you haven’t opened the seal, you can keep it in kitchen cabinets or pantry, while others non-refrigerated can be kept outside but shall be store in the fridge right after the seal is broken.
Can you freeze salad dressing?
As there are different forms of salad dressing which include oil-based, dairy-based, or mayonnaise-based, it depends on the form either you can freeze the dressing or not, although it is possible to freeze but not advocated.
- Oil-based: You can freeze oil-based dressing, but after thawing, the oil will be separated from other ingredients, which you need to whisk well.
- Dairy-based: Dressing made with cream and cheese is not recommended to freeze because first, they will not freeze, and if they did after you thaw them, the ingredients would be separated, and it is impossible to blend them.
- Mayonnaise-based: Like the dairy-based, the mayonnaise-based dressing does not freeze well, and if they do after thawing, you cannot mix the separated mixture how hard you try to blend it.
How long does salad dressing last?
It again depends upon which form is considered; well, each form, dry or liquid, comes with sell-by-date even though you can use it after that. Still, it is recommended to use it before that because though usable, it will not provide you with exact quality, and the rich flavors will be lost. The solid unpacked dressing will last up to 3 to 6 months.
The non-refrigerated one can last few weeks above the date if the bottle is unopened, but the quality will be compromised. The freshness will not be retained. The shelf life of this form of dressing is longer compared to other forms. It can last up to months.
The shelf life of refrigerated sold dressing is shorter, contrary to others, and it could only last by date carved on the label, which usually comes with sell-by or use-by date. The homemade dressing can hardly last up to 3 to 5 days.
How to tell if salad dressing is bad?
The food hygiene shall be taken care of using a clean utensil for scooping out the dressing, and the neck of the bottle should be cleaned after every use.
There are different harbingers through which you can tell if the salad dressing has gone bad. Following are some ways through which you can predict;
- The presence of mold in the dressing. To check the presence is a difficult task; however, the bottle’s cap and mouth shall be deeply examined.
- The off aroma of the solid or liquid-based dressing and the same in the case of oil-based dressing will smell rancid.
- The separation of solid base ingredients from the liquid in some situations is fine; you can whisk it for the blend, but if it does not mix well or get back together, dispose of it right away.
If any signs are found, the dressing should be discarded. If there are no such indications and still the dressing is a bit off, throw it away to be on the safe side.