Shelf Life of

How Long Does Basil Last?

How Long Does Basil Last?

Shelf Life of Basil

How long does basil last? The shelf life of basil depends on a variety of factors, such as the best before date, the preparation method and how it is stored.

Basil is an herb with great flavor and versatility. It is an essential herb to most Thai and Italian recipes. A live growing plant is economical to keep if you use it often, pinch the leaves as you need them and the plant keeps producing more leaves for next time.

So, how long does basil last? When properly stored, the shelf life of basil past its “best by” or purchase date is approximately …

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Fresh Basil lasts for 5-9 Days
Dried Basil lasts for 2-3 Years

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly.

How to tell if basil is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness – always wash any fresh vegetable before use. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your basil has gone bad.

Some common traits of bad fresh basil are discoloration, a moist texture and a rotten smell. Basil will first become limp and then the green leaves turn black.

Dried basil that is going bad will change color from dark green to brown as it looses its natural oils with age.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods prior to their eat by date.

How to store basil to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage of basil is the key to extending the expiration date.

The best way to keep basil fresh is to cut off the tips of the stems and place them in a glass of water (about 1″ deep) and cover the top of the glass with a plastic bag. Change the water when it begins to get cloudy. The basil will keep fresh longer like this on the shelf then in the refrigerator where it will quickly turn black.

Dried basil is best kept in the pantry in an airtight container free from moisture, light and heat. For information on substituting dried for fresh basil, see our fresh vs dried post.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How long is basil good for when prepared in a dish?

How long does basil last? That depends. How long does chicken last? In general, foods last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the recipe. 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 how long does basil last 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 basil.

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Although the information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and our advice should only be taken as an opinion and used as a guidance tool for answering the question as to how long does basil last.