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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

KETCHUP (CATSUP), COMMERCIALLY BOTTLED — OPENED

Pantry Refrigerator
Blue Arrow Green Arrow 1 month
RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 6 months (best quality)
Tips
  • How long does a bottle of ketchup last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions — store opened ketchup in a cool, dark place and keep tightly covered at all times.
  • How long does an opened bottle of ketchup last at normal room temperature? Opened ketchup will usually keep for 1 month when stored in the pantry.
  • To extend the shelf life of opened ketchup, refrigerate it.
  • How long does ketchup last after the “Use By” or “Best By” date? An opened bottle of ketchup that has been continuously refrigerated will usually remain at best quality for 6 months after the "Use By" or “Best By” date on the package.
  • Is opened ketchup still safe to use after the expiration date? Yes — while the ketchup's texture, color or flavor may change, in most cases, an opened bottle of ketchup will still be safe to consume after the “Best By," "Best if Used By," and "Use By" dates have passed, provided it has been kept continuously refrigerated and tightly covered.
  • How can you tell if ketchup has gone bad? If ketchup develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded for quality purposes; if mold appears, discard the entire product.

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