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 its use by date states.
How to tell if Coffee Mate is bad, rotten or spoiled?
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food born 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 foods, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods before their shelf life has expired!
How to store Coffee Mate to extend its shelf life?
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 upon defrosting. If you do freeze it, leave some space in the container to accommodate for its expansion when freezing.
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.
What are our shelf life resources?
In determining how long Coffee Mate lasts, our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Coffee Mate.
*An important note about expiration dates...
Although the Coffee Mate shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not a replacement for your health care prefessional. Please eat responsibly!