- How long does an unopened bottle of steak sauce last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of steak sauce, store in a cool, dry area.
How long does an unopened bottle of steak sauce last at room temperature? Properly stored, an unopened bottle of steak sauce will generally stay at best quality for about 3 years.
Is unopened steak sauce safe to use after the "expiration date" on the bottle? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the bottle is undamaged - commercially packaged steak sauce will typically carry a " Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before, or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the steak sauce will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the steak sauce's texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly, the bottle is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
How can you tell if steak sauce is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the steak sauce: if the steak sauce develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
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