- How long does an unopened jar of pickled peppers last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions -to maximize the shelf life of pickled peppers store in a cool, dry area.
How long does an unopened jar of pickled peppers last at room temperature? Properly stored, an unopened jar of pickled peppers will generally stay at best quality for about 2 years.
Are unopened pickled peppers safe to use after the expiration date on the jar? Yes, provided they are properly stored and the jar is undamaged - commercially packaged pickled peppers 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 pickled peppers will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the pickled peppers' texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, they will still be safe to consume if they have been stored properly, the jar is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
How can you tell if pickled peppers are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the pickled peppers: if pickled peppers develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.
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