Of course, all types of eggnog last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, egg nog, like a lot of other dairy products, usually has a sell by date which is simply the last date the product should remain on the store shelf. Because of this distinction, you may safely use it to compliment your favorite meals even after its sell by date has lapsed.
How to tell if Egg Nog 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 your eggnog has gone bad. Some common traits of bad eggnog are discoloration (which you will have to have noted your original eggnog color to begin with because it can range from very white to beige to very yellow in color), a lumpy texture and a very distinctive sour smell (which you will notice upon removing the lid or opening the carton). These changes occur from lactic acid producing bacteria.
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 Egg Nog to extend its shelf life?
You can help eggnog keep fresh longer by keeping it away from light and by placing it in the back of your refrigerator immediately after use. Store eggnog on an interior refrigerator shelf rather than in the door, where the temperature fluctuates with frequent opening. In addition, opened eggnog should be stored tightly in its original closed container as the containers were specifically designed for this purpose.
Freezing is not recommended for eggnog, the freezing process destabilizes the structure and once thawed the texture and consistency of the product is altered (formation of small clumps that will never stir in). If you must freeze your eggnog, you can safely do so for 3 months beyond the sell by date - that is if you don't mind the changed consistency.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.
Interesting facts about Egg Nog:
How long is Egg Nog good for when prepared in a dish?
How long does egg nog last? That depends. How long does alcohol last? In general, egg nog lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient with which it is mixed.
What are our shelf life resources?
In determining how long Egg Nog 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 Egg Nog.
*An important note about expiration dates...
Although the Egg Nog 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!