Is Boxed Beef Broth Good After Expiration Date

Does Beef Broth Go Bad?

Canned and boxed beef broth typically comes with a suggested shelf life of between six months and two years, but it usually keeps for at least another three months beyond the printed date. And if you store it in a cool and dark place away from heat sources and ensure the seal stays untouched, it’ll likely keep for much longer.

Put differently, commercially packaged beef broth typically keeps well past the indicated expiration date.

Of course, most brands recommend using their beef broth within those two years of canning, but that printed date is only a best-by date. It basically means the seller guarantees quality up until the printed date, but that doesn’t mean the product will suddenly go bad a couple of days or weeks later.

Additionally, canned and boxed foods, including beef broth, often keep for months after their expiration date.

That might make you start wondering:

Unfortunately, there’s no way to give you an exact period. Everything hinges on how it’s made, what ingredients are used, how you store it, and perhaps even a little bit of luck.

That being said, there’s a straightforward strategy you can use that practically always works. All you have to do is select a time frame that you find comfortable before examining the printed date.

For example, the shelf life of boxed beef broth could be three months, while canned beef broth has a longer shelf life of six months.

Next, you read the label’s date, add the time frame you calculated, and determine whether the product is still within the resulting window.

If so, you use it provided there are no signs of spoiling and the broth doesn’t look bad. More on that later. Otherwise, you discard it.

This way, you make the decision about how to approach this up front rather than arguing with yourself for five minutes and coming to a decision that you’ll probably not be satisfied with.

Let’s now discuss what to do after the broth has been opened.

How Long Does Beef Broth Last in the Fridge?

After opening the can or box, beef broth typically lasts 4 to 5 days if you seal it tightly in an airtight container or lidded pot and refrigerate it. If that’s not long enough, you can freeze the leftovers for later.

You can use this 4- to 5-day period as a fairly safe estimate, regardless of the brand you’re purchasing. That said, some brands recommend longer storage times.

But, I wouldn’t feel especially comfortable keeping a partially opened can of soup in the refrigerator for more than those four to five days. That’s why I suggest you freeze any leftovers instead.

(We’ll talk about freezing in a moment.)

What about homemade beef broth?

Homemade chicken broth keeps for 3 to 4 days of cooking if you refrigerate it sealed tightly in a lidded pot or airtight container. Let the broth cool to about room temperature before you place it in the fridge, but limit the cooldown period to two hours.

Some recipes on the internet claim that homemade beef broth can keep for up to a week. Although your beef broth may keep its quality for up to a week, it is safer to use it within three to four days to reduce the likelihood of discovering spoiled broth in your refrigerator.

Freezing the broth is a much better option than hoping it lasts an extra day or two, as I’ve said a few times.

Now, let’s talk about the spoilage signs.

Understanding Best Before Dates

Rather than being a safety precaution, the best-before date on the chicken broth’s packaging is a quality indicator. It indicates the amount of time the product will keep its ideal texture and flavor. Nonetheless, unopened boxed chicken broth can frequently be safely consumed after this date if stored properly.