How long Can We Keep Salsa?

By Kanyi M

Condiments are one of those things that no one likes to look at when they’re stocking up on groceries because they never seem to last very long. It’s always a gamble with what you should buy, but even more so when it comes to salsa. You either bring it home and think it’s going to last forever, or you buy a jar that expires in a week.
The question is… how long is salsa good for? There are a few factors to consider when you’re trying to figure out how long salsa is good for. It all depends on your salsa. There are many different types, and salsas have varying shelf lives based on the ingredients within.

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Salsas that have been unopened will usually last up to 3 months past the date of purchase. This assumes that the jar or container was stored in a room-temperature location and away from direct sunlight. The biggest factor involved with how long salsa is good for is the ingredients. How long you can expect it to last will vary greatly depending on the ingredients.

If you’ve opened your salsa and put it in an airtight container, you should be able to keep it around for another 2-3 months until the ‘use-by’ date on the label has been reached. However, if you’re storing your salsa in a regular jar without a lid, then after 1 week to 10 days, you can no longer store it at room temperature. You’ll have to throw it out if you haven’t eaten it already. 

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Opened salsa stored in the fridge can last up to 5-7 days, depending on its ingredients. If you’ve removed the lid and put the jar back in the fridge, then you should use it within a week.
You should eat homemade salsas within 1 week of being made. It’s not a question of if your homemade salsa has gone bad since it will always go bad after that first week.