Blackcurrant jelly is a delicious and popular dish, and many people are curious about its shelf life. In this article, we will discuss the shelf life of blackcurrant jelly and answer some of the most common questions that people have. We will also provide tips on how to store it so that it will be safe to eat when it is time.
How long does blackcurrant jelly last?
The precise answer to this question depends to a large extent on the storage conditions. However, it is important to keep in mind that the shelf life of blackcurrant jelly can be affected by several factors (such as temperature and humidity), so make sure that you follow the instructions that are included with the product.
Blackcurrant jelly (unopened jar)
- Ambient temperature: 2 years (best quality)
Stored in the right conditions, an unopened jar of blackcurrant jelly typically maintains optimum quality for about 2 years at room temperature. To maximize the shelf life of black currant jelly, store the jar in a cool, dry place.
Blackcurrant jelly (open jar)
- Refrigerator: 2 to 3 weeks
Blackcurrant jelly will generally keep for about 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator after opening the jar. To maximize the shelf life of blackcurrant jelly after opening the jar, store it in the refrigerator with the lid closed carefully.
Is an unopened jar of black currant jelly safe to eat after the “best before” date on the jar?
Yes, provided it is stored in good conditions and the jar is not damaged. Blackcurrant jelly jars are usually marked with a “best before” date, but this is not a best-before date; this is the manufacturer’s estimate of how long the blackcurrant jelly retains optimum quality.
After this date, the texture, color, or flavor of blackcurrant jelly may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to eat if stored in the correct conditions, if the jar is not damaged and if it shows no signs of tampering.
How do you know if blackcurrant jelly has expired?
The best way is to smell and examine the black currant jelly. If the black currant jelly smells, tastes, or looks abnormal, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
How should I store blackcurrant jelly?
If you plan on keeping your blackcurrant jelly stored for longer than 12 months, we recommend storing it in an environment where temperature and humidity are kept at a low level. This will help to preserve its quality. Alternatively, you can store it in the fridge if you do not have a cool storage area.
To summarize everything above, the shelf life of blackcurrant jelly is about two years. Since it is a fruit preserve and not a regular brandy-type jelly, the shelf life can be stretched to more than three years. Also, as mentioned above, storing it properly will ensure that your jam remains fresh for many years to come.
What are you waiting for? Extract your jar and make some delicious blackcurrant jelly!