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How Long Does An Open Jar Of Salsa Last In The Fridge?

Salsa is a great food item that most people never regret having on hand because of its numerous applications. However, do you know how long that Salsa jar in your fridge will remain good for? If no, then keep reading to find out.

By Cookist

Salsa has been saving lives for many years now because of how diverse it is. You can combine it with chips, use it with tacos, or spoon some over eggs to add that zesty touch to it.

However, it is not everytime we open a jar of Salsa that we exhaust them. If the jar remains after some days, you'll be forced to wonder how long it will stay in the fridge.

If the Salsa is homemade, you can expect it to last 1 to 3 days in the fridge if it is properly preserved. However for store bought jarred salsas, you can expect a longer shelf life as preservatives have been added.

How Long Can you Store an Open Jar of Salsa Last in the Fridge?


Once the container of a store-bought salsa is opened, it must be kept refrigerated in an airtight glass jar or plastic container.

An open jar of store-bought salsa will last about 2–4 weeks in the fridge however it is important you check for signs of spoilage before serving.

You can also further extend the shelf life of the opened salsa by freezing it. To do this, fill a plastic freezer bag (be sure to mark the date) with salsa and press to remove air before sealing the bag closed and storing in the freezer.

Avoid saving salsa that has been served in open bowls and used by guests. Such leftovers should be discarded to avoid contamination.

How Long Can You Store Salsa in the Pantry?

Unopened store-bought salsa brands will generally last for 12-18 months in a kitchen cabinet or pantry. All you have to do is make sure the salsa jars are stored in a cool and dark place. Also check the expiration date printed on the jar before opening it  and serving.


When To Discard Salsa

There are times when salsa spoils even when you follow all the safety precautions. In such a case, you need to get rid of any jar that shows signs of spoilage.

Warning signs of a spoilt jar of salsa may include:

  • A change in color.
  • Signs of mold, fuzz, or unidentified bits in the container.
  • An obvious separation of ingredients.
  • It has been a considerable amount of time past the recommended expiration date.
  • An unappetizing or "off" odor perceived after opening the jar.
  • A bad taste.
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