Food Storage - How long can you keep...


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2 years (best quality)



  • How long does liquid smoke last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of liquid smoke store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
  • How long does liquid smoke last at room temperature? Properly stored, liquid smoke will generally stay at best quality for about 2 years.
  • To maximize the shelf life of liquid smoke, keep the container tightly closed when not in use.
  • Is liquid smoke safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged liquid smoke 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 liquid smoke will remain at peak quality.
  • How can you tell if liquid smoke is still good? Liquid smoke typically loses flavor over time - if the liquid smoke develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded.

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