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18-24 months (best quality)



  • How long does unopened bottled minced garlic last? The precise answer to the question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - store unopened bottles of bottled minced garlic in a cool, dark area.
  • To extend the shelf life of unopened bottled minced garlic, keep bottled minced garlic away from direct sources of heat or light.
  • How long does unopened bottled minced garlic last at room temperature? Properly stored, unopened bottled minced garlic that has been sold unrefrigerated and contains preservatives will generally stay at best quality for about 18 to 24 months when stored at room temperature, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
  • Is unopened bottled minced garlic safe to use after the "expiration" date on the bottle? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the bottle is undamaged - commercially packaged bottled minced garlic 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 bottled minced garlic will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage times shown are for best quality only - after that, the unopened bottled minced garlic's 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 not damaged and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
  • How can you tell if bottled minced garlic is bad? If bottled minced garlic develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.

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