Here's how long you can keep condiments after you open them

Wonderlane/FlickrMost condiments stay fresh longer if they’re kept in the refrigerator.
  • Condiments like hot sauce and Sriracha can remain good for a year or more after you open them.
  • Certain condiments, like salad dressing and mayonnaise, need to be refrigerated after they’re opened to maximise their shelf life.
  • Some condiments, like yellow mustard and ketchup, can be stored in the pantry or refrigerator after they’re opened, but their shelf life varies depending on the storage method.

There are dozens of condiments out there, and chances are you have some of them in your kitchen. But because they’re typically used in small quantities, they tend to linger for a while.

Although condiments are designed for the long haul – many remain good for weeks or months after opening – they all eventually expire. Here’s how long you can keep certain condiments after you open them.


Ketchup stays good for up to six months after opening.

Adam Berry/GettyKetchup lasts for up to a month in the pantry.

Ketchup is a tomato-based condiment that’s a popular topping for hot dogs, burgers, and fries. To maximise its shelf life, you should put it in the refrigerator after you open it. According to the Food Marketing Institute, a bottle of ketchup is good for up to six months after opening as long as it’s kept in the fridge.

Do you prefer room-temperature ketchup? You can keep an open bottle for up to one month in the pantry.


You can keep yellow mustard in the refrigerator for a year.

m01229 / FlickrMustard lasts in the pantry for about a month.

Yellow mustard is another popular condiment in North America that’s used on sandwiches, in potato salad, and as part of other dishes. It’s tangy and made from mustard seeds, water, and vinegar. An opened bottle of mustard can be kept in the refrigerator for up to one year or in the pantry for a month, according to the Food Marketing Institute.


Mayonnaise stays good for about three months after it’s opened.

Jens Kalaene/picture alliance via Getty ImagesMayonnaise should be refrigerated.

Mayonnaise is typically made with egg yolks and should be refrigerated after opening. It’s good for about three months after it’s opened, according to Texas A&M University.


Hot sauce has a comparatively long life span.

INSIDERHot sauce can last for up to five years.

This spicy, pepper-based sauce has a much longer life span than other condiments. When it’s stored in the refrigerator, it can last for three to five years. Hot sauce stored in the pantry is good for up to six months, according to Still Tasty.


Relish is good for up to a year.

Cameron Evans/INSIDERRelish should be refrigerated after it’s opened.

You’ve probably seen this pickle-infused condiment at baseball stadiums and grocery stores. As long as the relish is refrigerated after opening, Still Tasty noted that it should be good for up to one year.


Sriracha can stay good for up to two years.

Sydney KramerSriracha can last for up to nine months in the pantry.

Sriracha, a spicy, thick red sauce, is usually sold in a large bottle, which means you probably don’t move through it as fast as some of the other condiments in your home. Like other hot sauces, this one stays good for a while after you open it. When stored in the refrigerator, it can remain good for up to two years. If kept in the pantry, sriracha keeps its flavour for six to nine months.


You can keep hoisin sauce in the fridge for more than a year.

Chansak Joe/ShutterstockThe thick, dark sauce is often used as a dip or glaze.

Opened hoisin sauce canlast for more than a year in the refrigerator. The sauce is fairly thick and dark in colour. It’s primarily used in Chinese cooking for basting and dipping.


Tartar sauce can last for about six months.

rick/FlickrTartar sauce should be refrigerated.

Opened bottles of tartar sauce should remain good for up to six months as long as they’re kept in the refrigerator. If you suspect your tartar sauce is going bad, check the bottle for an expiration date. If it has a strange odor or appears to have lost its texture, it’s probably time for a new bottle.


Honey lasts for up to a year.

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesUnlike most condiments and sauces, honey shouldn’t be kept in the fridge.

Honey can be drizzled on fruit, granola, fries, and other foods. In general, it shouldn’t be stored in the refrigerator. It’s best to keep opened bottles of honey in your pantry, where they will last for up to one year.


Salsa and taco sauces last for only one month.

Shawn Allen/FlickrSalsa goes bad faster than most condiments.

Taco Tuesday, anybody? If you’re reaching far back in your refrigerator for a jar of salsa or taco sauce, check the expiration date. These items are usually best if they’re consumed within one month of opening.


Horseradish lasts for three to four months.

invizbk/GettyYou should keep the spicy sauce in the fridge.

Horseradish has a strong, spicy smell and flavour. It should be stored in the refrigerator after it’s been opened, where you can expect it to last three to four months.


Opened jars of pesto stay fresh for only about three days.

Julie K./ YelpOnce you open a jar of pesto, use it fast.

Store-bought jars of pesto should be stored in the refrigerator. Typically, pesto will stay fresh for about three days after you open it.


Barbecue sauce can last up to nine months.

jeffreyw/FlickrBarbecue sauce lasts longer in the fridge.

According to Still Tasty, barbecue sauce that’s been opened and stored in the pantry is good for about a month. To get more out of your barbecue sauce, consider storing it in the refrigerator. It should last for six to nine months there.


Jams and jellies stay good for six months.

Rachel Hathaway/FlickrYou should keep jams and jellies in the fridge.

Jams and jellies are essential for PB&Js and great on toast. They’re best kept in the refrigerator for up to six months after opening.


Salad dressing goes bad about three months after it’s opened.

Brendan Hoffman/GettyMake sure the bottle isn’t cracked; it will cause the dressing to go bad faster.

Bottles of salad dressing should be refrigerated after opening, and it’s best to consume them within three months. Check the expiration date and throw away the bottle if it’s been damaged in any way (such as a cracked lid). The exposure to air can cause the product to spoil sooner.

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