Of course foods may be purchased, stored and prepared in many different ways, each of which can result in a different expiration date. All food and drink lasts for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. Like most dairy products, margarine usually has a sell by date which is simply the last date a store is supposed to sell the product, not consume it. Because of this distinction, you may safely use it to compliment your favorite meals even after its sell by date has lapsed according to the above table.
How to tell if Margarine is bad, rotten or spoiled?
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent foodborne illness.
Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if it has gone bad. A foul smell or change in color would mean that your margarine has 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 Margarine to extend its shelf life?
You can help margarine keep fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator immediately after purchase and use. Proper refrigeration --at 40°:F or below-- is vital. Store margarine on an interior refrigerator shelf rather than in the door, where the temperature fluctuates with frequent opening.
For a long-term option, you can freeze your margarine for about 6 months while preserving its taste if you replace the wax rapper with foil or another freezer friendly product. Although salted margarine may last longer, we recommend you follow the same storage methods discussed above.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.
Interesting facts about Margarine:
How long is Margarine good for when prepared in a dish?
How long does margarine last? That depends. How long does bread last? In general, foods last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient that they are mixed with.
What are our shelf life resources?
In determining how long Margarine 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 Margarine.
*An important note about expiration dates...
Although the Margarine 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 professional. Please eat responsibly!