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The Shelf Life of Open Chicken Broth

How Long Will Chicken Broth Last in the Fridge?

Store-bought chicken broth is a staple ingredient in my kitchen, but the other day when I went to make soup, I did a double take. I couldn't remember the last time I used chicken broth and the container was open. Although the expiration date said November 2009, I wasn't sure if the stock was still good. After doing some research, I learned that once a box of chicken broth is open, it should be kept in the refrigerator for no longer than a week. The date on the outside is for an unopened box. Homemade stock will last in the fridge for four days.

Freezing both homemade and store-bought chicken stock will extend its life for about 60 days.

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caramelqtee75 caramelqtee75 8 years
I use dry chicken stock
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Good to know, I had no idea.
care0531 care0531 8 years
I had no idea. I always opened it and put it in the fridge and used it until the experation date.
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
This information is present on every container of stock and it has been there for quite some time. I guess I shouldn't have expected anything else, people hardly read the ingredients, what made me believe that they would read other things on the packing - although I had higher expectations from foodies....
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
The brand Kitchen Basics makes them in juice-box size.
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 8 years
I wish they made the boxes in a juice box size, or the cans in a half can size. Cooking for one, i rarely need more than 1/2 - 1 cup at a time. I'd pay the extra cost, because i waste so much of it by not using it.. Freezing it in ice cube trays is a good way to have small portions on hand.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
does it have to be refrigerated?
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
I make stock when I’ve cooked something with chicken bones, but I can never use it in time. I know I’ve made something out of nothing so it’s not like I’m wasting it, but I hate throwing it away!
wren1 wren1 8 years
Thank you. I have been wondering about this for awhile.
Food Food 8 years
I didn't know this until Party informed me. Maybe it means I will need to start buying smaller boxes of chicken stock!
KayEff KayEff 8 years
I don't go through it all that quickly (cooking for one and all), but after about 5 days, if it passes the sniff test and the quick-taste test, I still get it to a roiling boil before using.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
oof guess I need to throw mine away now.
pelirroja828 pelirroja828 8 years
oh no! I had no idea....thanks for the posting
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