Shelf Life Tips
- How long does an unopened jar of bread and butter pickles last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions —to maximize the shelf life of bread and butter pickles store in a cool, dry area.
- How long does an unopened jar of bread and butter pickles last at room temperature? Properly stored, an unopened jar of bread and butter pickles will generally stay at best quality for about 2 years.
- Are unopened bread and butter pickles safe to use after the "expiration" date on the jar? Yes, provided they are properly stored and the jar is undamaged — commercially packaged bread and butter pickles 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 bread and butter pickles will remain at peak quality.
- Storage time shown is for best quality only — after that, the bread and butter pickles' 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 bread and butter pickles are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the pickles: if bread and butter pickles develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.
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