Strawberry jam is a popular item on many grocery shelves, and for good reason – it’s delicious. But how long is the shelf life of strawberry jam? And what should you do if it starts to go bad? In this article, we’ll answer these questions and more. We’ll also provide tips on how to store and consume strawberry jam safely and properly. So read on to learn everything you need to know about the shelf life of strawberry jam!
Strawberry jam (unopened jar)
- Ambient temperature: 2 years (best quality)
Stored in the right conditions, an unopened jar of strawberry jam typically maintains optimum quality for about 2 years at room temperature.
Unopened strawberry jam must be stored in a cool, dry place. To further extend shelf life, store it in the fridge
Is an unopened jar of strawberry 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 strawberry jam 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 strawberry jam will retain optimum quality.
After this date, the texture, color, or flavor of strawberry jam 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.
Strawberry jam (open jar)
- Refrigerator: 2 to 3 weeks
Once opened, the strawberry jam should be stored in an airtight container and consumed within 2-4 weeks.
To maximize the shelf life of strawberry jam after opening the jar, store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
How long does strawberry jam keep in the refrigerator after opening the jar?
Strawberry jam will generally keep for 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator after opening the jar.
How do you know if strawberry jam has expired?
The best way is to smell and examine the strawberry jam. If the strawberry jam smells, tastes, or looks abnormal, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
Storing Strawberry jam
Strawberry jam should be stored in a dark, cool place where it will maintain its flavor and consistency. You can also store it in the refrigerator. Once opened, strawberry jam should be stored in the fridge and consumed within 2-4 weeks.
For more information on how to store jams and jellies, read our post here.
The shelf life of strawberry jam is up to two years. In case you’re preparing some extra batches, it is better to use an expiry date on the jar so that you don’t end up consuming spoiled items.
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