Does Vegetable Broth Go Bad?

Does vegetable broth go bad or not? How do you tell if vegetable broth has gone bad so you don't end up sick? Here is a super short guide.

Sometimes all you need is some vegetable broth to help make a comforting soup. If you never got around to using your vegetable broth, you may be wondering:

Has my vegetable broth gone bad? How long does it last?

Here’s the gist of it.

Unopened vegetable broth lasts 1-3 months past the best-by date. Once you open the package, it will last 4-5 days in the fridge. Homemade vegetable broth, on the other hand, will keep fresh for 5-7 days in the fridge.    

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How To Tell If Your Vegetable Broth Has Gone Bad

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Have a look at your unopened container. If it’s bulging, leaking, or has any rust on it, be sure to get rid of it. The contents might be okay, but rather be safe.

Next, have a look at the broth. Notice any mold or changes in appearance? Discard it. Is there an off smell? Throw it out. What about changes in taste? In this case, it’s best to toss it out for quality purposes.  

Lastly, if you’ve had your vegetable broth for longer than a week, it’s best to throw it out. It may seem okay, but if it’s that old, it might have spoiled in the process.

How To Store Vegetable Broth

Vegetable broth should be stored similarly to chicken stock or beef stock. When the package is unopened, you can store it at room temperature. Keep it in a dry place where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate. The pantry or kitchen cabinet is the perfect spot.

Once the broth has been opened, make sure to store the leftovers in the fridge. Make sure it is sealed tightly. If your vegetable broth comes in a can, you can transfer the leftover vegetable broth into a container.

Can You Freeze Vegetable Broth? 

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Both store-bought and homemade vegetable broth can be frozen. Here are the steps to follow to freeze vegetable broth correctly.

Portion the broth using an ice cube tray. That way, you can use just as much as you need without defrosting all of the broth.

Place the ice cube tray into the freezer. Once frozen into cubes, transfer the cubes into a freezer bag or freezer-safe container.

How Long Does Vegetable Broth Last?

The best-by date on the label is the best indication of how long the vegetable broth will last. Generally, unopened vegetable broth can stay fresh for 1-3 months past the best-by date. Once it is opened, the broth will last 4-5 days in the fridge.

Homemade vegetable broth will retain its freshness for 5-7 days in the fridge. If you’ve frozen your vegetable broth, it’s recommended to use the broth within two months.  

Leftover Uses Of Vegetable Broth

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Vegetable broth can be added to cream sauces or used to cook grains. Reheat pasta or stir-fry with some leftover broth until it is warm and moist. Use the broth to steam your veggies instead of water.          

The Verdict On Vegetable Broth

Vegetable broth is loaded with phytochemicals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and vital minerals found in vegetables, herbs, and spices. 

Vegetable broth goes bad quite quickly. But if you’re looking to store it for longer, you can choose to freeze it. Be on the lookout for any signs of spoilage, such as a change in appearance, taste, or smell.

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