- How long does an unopened bottle of salsa last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions -to maximize shelf life, store in a cool, dry area.
How long does an unopened bottle of salsa last at room temperature? Properly stored, an unopened bottle of salsa that was sold unrefrigerated will generally stay at best quality for about 12 to 18 months.
Is unopened salsa safe to use after the expiration date on the bottle? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the bottle is undamaged - commercially bottled salsa 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 salsa will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the salsa'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 salsa is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the salsa: if the salsa develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
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