Shelf Life Tips
- How long does pancake syrup last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions — to maximize the shelf life of pancake syrup, store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
To maximize the shelf life of pancake syrup, keep the bottle tightly sealed after opening.
How long does pancake syrup last at room temperature? Properly stored, pancake syrup will generally stay at best quality for about 18 to 24 months.
The storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the syrup’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 package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
Is pancake syrup safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged — commercially packaged pancake syrup 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 pancake syrup will remain at peak quality.
How can you tell if pancake syrup is bad? If pancake syrup develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
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