Can you get sick from eating expired chicken broth?

In this article, we answer the following question: Can you get sick from eating expired chicken broth? We tell you how to know if the chicken broth has gone bad, whether it is safe to consume it and how to store chicken broth in order to keep it fresh for a longer period. 

Can you get sick from eating expired chicken broth?

You can get sick from eating expired chicken broth if it was stored improperly or if it was kept open either in the fridge or at room temperature. The chicken broth that was stored unopened in a pantry or in the fridge can be consumed up to a week after it expired. 

Do not eat the chicken broth if:

  • The broth looks mostly cloudy.
  • Its smell is similar to that of a rotten egg or stale bread.
  • A spoiled chicken broth releases certain gases that transform the shape of the container, you can tell if the tupper is made of plastic.
  • Foam is generated on the surface.
  • You can notice mold. 

The reality is that chicken broth can last three to four days in the refrigerator, although if you freeze it and use the RIGHT containers, it can last three months.

When making chicken broth, the vegetables and herbs provide sugars, minerals, color, and aromatic compounds. Meat provides amino acids (small pieces of protein) while bones and cartilage mainly provide collagen. During the long cooking period, this collagen slowly turns into gelatin. It is for this reason that once cooled, broths sometimes turn into jelly – this is not a sign that the chicken broth has expired.

How to know if the chicken broth is bad

The chicken broth will start to smell bad before going slimy. Remember that this can be easily spoiled and if someone consumes it they can end up getting sick. Without a doubt, the smell will be another aspect that we must evaluate to know if the chicken broth is bad. The bacteria can produce unpleasant odors discoloration and mold. 

How to store chicken broth

Good meat or vegetable broth keeps very well in the fridge and freezer. First of all, it is important to clarify it to properly remove impurities. Filter the broth in a Chinese style, remove certain vegetables such as celery which tends to change the taste, and place it in the refrigerator for about 4 days. 

It is advisable to boil it before consuming it. Use the same method for freezer storage. Wait until it has cooled down to put it in a suitable container or plastic bottle, not forgetting to note the date. 

It can be kept for about 3 months at a very low temperature. Finally, another method of preserving broth is to boil it once a day or evening and morning in case of high heat. It’s a very old practice that allows you to always have a good broth at hand! 

It will concentrate more and more and will eventually become a base for cooking meats or other preparations. Be careful not to over-salt the broth if you want to boil it every day. It tends to become loaded with salt after successive reductions.

Can I freeze chicken broth?

Yes, you can freeze chicken broth. Divide the broth into a conveniently sized glass or plastic containers, or freezer bags. Do not overfill them, as the broths expand as they freeze. Let cool for about 30 minutes on the counter, or place the bags or containers in a sink full of cold water and ice. Then store in the freezer. The broth will keep very well for 3 to 6 months.

Final recommendations for the best chicken broth

In this article, we answered the following question: Can you get sick from eating expired chicken broth? We told you how to know if the chicken broth has gone bad, whether it is safe to consume it and how to store chicken broth in order to keep it fresh for a longer period. 

If your going is to prepare a lot of chicken broth, but you have to travel or because of distraction you have forgotten that you had a full container in the refrigerator, I recommend that you do the following:

  •  Store your food in airtight containers.
  • Avoid storing the hot soup immediately, it is best to wait for it to cool completely.
  • Put a label with the date of when you cooked it.
  • Try to store the soup in the FREEZER and not in the refrigerator to make it last longer.
  • Try to cook smaller portions so you don’t waste as much.
  •  If you smell the broth and your eyes start to water, run! That broth is already spoiled.

Take these tips into account and I assure you that you can save the chicken broth and store it for longer.

If you have any tips, questions, or comments on the content, do let us know!

References

Thetakeout.com

Theatlantic.com

Food.com

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Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.

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