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How Long Does CoffeeMate Last?

how long does coffee mate last

Coffe-mate Expiration

How long does CoffeeMate last? Do creamers go bad?  The shelf life of Coffee-mate is influenced by a variety of factors, such as the processing method, packaging date, its exposure to heat, and how the coffee-mate is stored. Since Coffee-mate uses a use by date, this is considered close to the actual product expiration. Coffee-mate is called a non-dairy product, but it is actually derived from a milk protein that does not contain lactose. Some countries are required to call these products “non-dairy whiteners” instead of “non-dairy creamers” because they do not contain any cream. So how long does coffee-mate last?

When properly stored, containers of Coffee-mate lasts for:

(Unopened) Pantry Refrigerator
Past Printed Date  Past Printed Date
Coffee-mate Liquid lasts for 5-7 Days
Coffee-mate Powder lasts 2-4 Months
(Opened) Pantry Fridge
Liquid Coffee-mate lasts 2-3 Weeks after opening, regardless of date
Powder Coffee-mate lasts for 1-2 Months

Of course, coffee-mate lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember, coffee-mate, unlike most other dairy products, usually has a use by date which is closer to an expiration date than any other dates a manufacturer will use. You may safely use coffee-mate in your coffee slightly longer than it’s use by date has lapsed.

How to tell if coffee-mate is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food borne illness.  The best way to tell if coffee-mate has gone bad is to pour it into your coffee. If it does not immediately become part of the coffee, forming circles instead then the coffee-mate is going bad. If it curdles (the liquid begins to contain lumps) or develops a sour smell then it has for sure gone bad. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled non-dairy creamer, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your coffee-mate prior to its expiration.

How to store coffee-mate to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the shelf life of coffee-mate. You can keep liquid coffee-mate fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator below 40°F immediately after use. Like with most dairy products, you should store coffee-mate in air-tight containers that help keep out moisture and other contaminants (the original closed containers actually work fine).  
If you plan to keep your coffee-mate outside of the refrigerator for an extended period of time, it should be stored on ice.  
Although opinions vary, freezing is not recommended because the ingredients will separate.  If you do freeze it leave some space in the container to accommodate for expansion.  
Powder coffee-mate should be kept well sealed in a cool dark pantry away from moisture.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How long is coffee-mate good for when prepared in a dish?

How long does coffee-mate? That depends. How long does coffee last? In general, coffee-mate lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient it is mixed with. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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 What are our shelf life resources?

Our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scour the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of coffee-mate.

 *An important note about the expiration date of non-dairy creams …

Although the coffee-mate shelf life information provided by Eat By Date is generally reliable, it is in no way intended to substitute for the advice of a qualified health care provider.  Please drink responsibly.