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3-4 years



  • How long does imitation vanilla extract last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of imitation vanilla extract store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
  • How long does imitation vanilla extract last at room temperature? Properly stored, imitation vanilla extract will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 4 years.
  • To maximize the shelf life of imitation vanilla extract, keep the container tightly closed when not in use.
  • Is imitation vanilla extract safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged imitation vanilla extract 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 imitation vanilla extract will remain at peak quality.
  • How can you tell if imitation vanilla extract is still good? Imitation vanilla extract typically loses flavor over time - if the extract develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded.

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