Did you know that you can keep Balsamic vinegar for up to FOUR whole years?

Image: The shelf life of condiments, settled once and for all

Via: Simon Greening / CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: tasty_goldfish​

Ever guiltily poured a nearly-full bottle of soy sauce down the sink because it's only been used once, a year ago, when you made Chinese dumplings?


Before you write-off all old condiments that have been languishing, untouched, on the shelf or in the fridge for months, check this. You can actually safely keep Balsamic vinegar for four years, and soy sauce will stay good and tasty for a year and a half. 


That's loads of time for another spontaneous Chinese banquet.

The Shelf Life of Condiments

From left: Balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, olive oil, onion chutney, English mustard, mayonnaise, gherkins, tomato ketchup, brown sauce. 


The Shelf Life of Condiments Once Opened

  • Brown Sauce - 4 weeks
  • Tomato Sauce - 4 weeks
  • Gherkins - 4 weeks
  • Mayonnaise - 4 weeks
  • Mustard - 4 weeks
  • Chutney - 6 weeks
  • Olive Oil - Same as best before end (1 year)
  • Worcestershire Sauce - Same as best before end (1.5 years)
  • Soy Sauce - Same as best before end (1.5 years)
  • Balsamic Vinegar - Same as best before end (4 years)

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