- How long does blue cheese salad dressing last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of opened blue cheese salad dressing, keep it refrigerated and tightly covered.
How long does opened blue cheese salad dressing last in the refrigerator? Blue cheese salad dressing that has been continuously refrigerated will generally stay at best quality for about 6 to 9 months.
Is opened blue cheese salad dressing safe to use after the expiration date on the package? Yes, provided it has been stored properly, the package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially packaged blue cheese salad dressing 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 blue cheese salad dressing will remain at peak quality.
The storage time shown for opened blue cheese salad dressing is for best quality only - after that, the salad dressing's texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been kept continuously refrigerated, the package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
How can you tell if opened blue cheese salad dressing is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the blue cheese salad dressing: if the salad dressing develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
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