- How long does liquid smoke last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of liquid smoke store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
How long does liquid smoke last at room temperature? Properly stored, liquid smoke will generally stay at best quality for about 2 years.
To maximize the shelf life of liquid smoke, keep the container tightly closed when not in use.
Is liquid smoke safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged liquid smoke 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 liquid smoke will remain at peak quality.
How can you tell if liquid smoke is still good? Liquid smoke typically loses flavor over time - if the liquid smoke develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded.
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