Mango jam is a delicious and nutritious treat that can be enjoyed year-round. However, like most things in life, the shelf life of mango jam is not indefinite. In this article, we will discuss the shelf life of mango jam and give you tips on how to store it properly.
How long mango jam will retain its flavor and texture?
The precise answer to this question depends to a large extent on the storage conditions. Mango jam will last longer if stored in a cool and dry place. However, exposure to light or moisture will hasten the onset of spoilage.
Let us look at unopened and opened mango jams:
Mango jam (unopened jar)
- Ambient temperature: 2 years (best quality)
Stored in the right conditions, an unopened jar of mango jam typically maintains optimum quality for about 2 years at room temperature. After that time, the texture, color, and flavor of mango jam may change, but it will still be safe to eat if stored in these conditions. Store mango jam in a cold, dry area to maximize its shelf life.
Mango jam (open jar)
- Refrigerator: 2 to 3 weeks
Mango jam typically lasts in the fridge for 2-3 weeks after opening the jar, depending on storage conditions. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator to maximize its shelf life after opening the jar.
Is an unopened jar of mango jam 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. Commercial jars of mango jam are usually marked with a “best before” date, but this is not a use-by date; this is the manufacturer’s estimate of how long the mango jam will retain optimum quality. If the jar is not damaged and if it shows no signs of tampering, it is generally safe to eat after the “best before” date.
How do you know if mango jam is expired?
The best way is to smell and examine the mango jam. If the mango jam smells, tastes, or looks abnormal, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
Storing mango jam
To maintain peak quality, it is important to store mango jams in a cool, dry environment (between 36°F and 46°F) where there is minimal exposure to light. Additionally, make sure the jar has been properly sealed so that moisture cannot enter the food.
If you plan to store mango jam for longer than two months, it is best to refrigerate it.
There you have it! The shelf life of mango jam is 2 years from the date of making. You can store the jar properly after that to use whenever you want.
Besides, adding a spoonful to your breakfast will do wonders for your energy levels! So, keep some jars and bottles ready at home so that you don’t end up running out of jams just when you need it most.
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