Shelf Life of
Worcestershire Sauce

How Long Does Worcestershire Sauce Last?

Shelf life of Worcestershire sauceHow Long Does Worcestershire Sauce Last? Or, the better question may be does worcestershire sauce go bad? The shelf life of worcestershire sauce depends on the best before date and how the worcestershire sauce is stored. Worcestershire sauce is made mostly of distilled white vinegar, molasses and multiple spices then aged for 18 months before it even hits the grocery shelves. So, the answer to does worcestershire sauce go bad, is not really… but the flavor and quality will eventually change. It is a very stable product due to its preservative main ingredient. When properly stored, the shelf life of worcestershire sauce past its best before date is … >

(Unopened) Pantry
Worcestershire Sauce lasts for Indefinite
(Opened) Pantry
Worcestershire Sauce lasts for 3-4 Years



But remember, worcestershire sauce, like a lot of other condiments, may have a best before date but not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use worcestershire sauce for your flavoring needs after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if worcestershire sauce is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Old worcestershire sauce may experience changes in color and flavor, but it will not be harmful to consume – unless a mold should develop, then it must be discarded. Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.

How to store worcestershire sauce to extend its shelf life?


The best way to store worcestershire sauce is in its original air tight container in a cool dark place like the pantry. A constant temperature is also best, away from the stove or dishwasher.
Once opened, worcestershire sauce is best kept in the refrigerator for longest shelf life but can also be kept in the pantry – just don’t go back & forth keep it one place or the other.
Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of worcestershire sauce.

What’s interesting about the shelf life of worcestershire sauce?

  • Mr. Lee & Mr. Perrin were chemists and actually did not like their worcestershire sauce concoction so placed it in the cellar. When they later found the sauce, they were pleased with the taste.
  • Worcestershire sauce is made in the UK and many bottles were broken when shipping to America, so they began to wrap them in the signature tan wrapper. This is no longer needed but still used.

  • How long is worcestershire sauce good for when prepared in a dish?

    That depends. How long does rice last? In general, worcestershire sauce will be the longest lasting ingredient in any dish, soaking into the other ingredients. But still, it can only last as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish. To find out how long 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 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 worcestershire sauce.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the worcestershire sauce 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 used as a guideline. Please eat responsibly!