Shelf Life of
Chicken Broth

How Long Does Chicken Broth Last?

Shelf Life of BrothHow long does chicken broth last? The shelf life of chicken broth depends on a variety of factors, such as the best before date, preparation method and how the chicken broth was stored. Chicken broth or chicken stock is generally low in calories but high in sodium and thus flavor.

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

(Unopened) Pantry
Past Printed Date
Chicken Broth lasts for 1 Year
Chicken bullion cubes last for 6-12 Months
(Opened) Refrigerator
Chicken Broth lasts for 4-5 Days
Homemade Chicken Broth lasts for 5-6 Days

However, in terms of the shelf life of chicken broth and how long chicken broth lasts, proper storage is key. But remember, like a lot of other poultry, it may have a best before date or a sell-by date but will not have a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use pure chicken broth to compliment your favorite foods after the best by date has lapsed according to the above table as long as it has been stored properly.

How to tell if chicken broth is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.

Although not a perfect test, your nose is usually the best way to tell if your chicken broth has gone bad. If liquid chicken broth has gone bad, the pleasant aroma will be replaced with a sour smell. You may also see some sediment in the bottom of the container and the chicken broth may appear cloudy.

If your chicken bullion granules or cubes are getting old, they will no longer be crumbly. They will appear darker in color and seem moist. Boiling water will still melt the cubes or granules with a little more stirring, but the flavor will eventually be effected.

If your chicken broth has gone bad and you need a quick substitute, check our chicken broth substitute page.
Always remember to practice food safety in order to prevent food borne illness.

How to store chicken broth to extend its shelf life?

Proper storage of chicken broth is a cool dark place (the pantry) away from heat, moisture and sunlight until it is opened at which point you need to refrigerate the chicken broth in a sealed container. For a longer term option, chicken broth may be frozen.

Chicken bullion cubes or granules are best kept in a pantry at a constant temperature.

Any interesting facts about the shelf life of chicken broth?

  • Homemade chicken broth can last slightly longer than purchased broth if there is a high fat content in the broth. The fat forms a seal on the broth as it solidifies and forms a solid layer on top when refrigerated. Once this seal is broken and thrown away the broth will spoil quicker. Be sure to remove this layer before using the broth for a healthier diet.
  • See our FAQ for more information on the differences between stock, broth and bouillon.

  • How long is chicken broth good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long does chicken broth last? That depends. How long does cream last? Food ingredients will last as long as the shortest expiring ingredient in your 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 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 chicken broth.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the chicken broth shelf life 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 not the replacement of your health care provider. Please eat responsibly!
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