Shelf Life of
Syrup

How Long Does Syrup Last?

How Long Does Syrup Last?

Shelf Life of Syrup

How long does syrup last? The shelf life of syrup depends on the best before date, the type and how it is stored. Pure maple syrup actually begins with the sap from maple trees, while commercial brands contain sugars which preserve the product and allow it to be kept on the shelf. Does maple syrup go bad? Does corn syrup go bad? All types last a very long time, with the actual expiration dates difficult to determine.

So, how long does syrup last? When properly stored, the shelf life of syrup past its best before date is approximately …

(Opened/Unopened) Pantry Refrigerator
Pure Maple Syrup lasts for Indefinite
Pancake Syrup lasts for Indefinite
Corn Syrup lasts for Indefinite



Remember, most condiments usually have a best before date and not a use by date or an expiration date. Because of this, you may safely use product for your breakfast foods or baking needs after the best before date has lapsed.

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

It is the texture and color that will change, it will not be harmful to consume but the flavor will be slightly compromised. When syrup has been around too long it will become thicker and darker than when purchased. But, does maple syrup go bad? – not really…
Pure maple varieties may begin to crystalize when they are getting old, but they can be re-heated just until boiling to restore its original consistency!
If you need a substitute for syrup check our substitution web pages.
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.

How to store syrup to extend its shelf life?

The best way to store pancake and corn syrups is in their original air tight containers in the pantry.
But pure maple syrup should be kept in its original container in the refrigerator once opened, to preserve its freshness.
Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.

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

That depends. How long do eggs last? In general, syrup will be one of the last expiring ingredients in any dish, soaking into any other ingredient but still can only last as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the recipe. 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 does maple syrup go bad 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 shelf life.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the syrup 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 provider. Please eat responsibly!