Does relish go bad?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Does relish go bad?” and list down ways in which you can tell if relish has gone bad. We will also discuss the shelf life of relish and tell you how to properly store relish to make it last longer. We will also discuss whether you can eat relish past its expiry date or not. 

Does relish go bad?

Yes, relish can go bad but it has a long shelf life. It contains vinegar which is very acidic and is self preserving so it inhibits the growth of bacteria.

However, over time the acidity is reduced which diminishes the antimicrobial properties of vinegar and so, relish can go bad when this happens.

It can also go bad if you do not store it properly.

How to tell if relish has gone bad?

You should always look for signs of spoilage if your relish has been sitting in your kitchen for a long time. Eating spoiled relish can lead to food poisoning so it is essential to check if it is still good or not.

You can tell if the relish has gone bad by looking for any discolorations in it. If you see any discoloration, then it means that the relish has gone bad.

You can also inspect for any mold growth. You obviously can not eat moldy relish so you should throw it out.

Give it a sniff test as well. If it smells rancid or weird, then throw it away because it has gone bad.

Look at the container for any damage as well. The lid should be flat and not bulging out.

If all else looks fine, taste some of the relish and see if it tastes fine. If it tastes bad then it has gone bad.

What is the shelf life of relish?

Unopened relish will last for about 2 years when stored properly. On the other hand, opened relish will last for about a year when stored properly.

Homemade relish may only last for about a week since it does not have preservatives added to it so it may start to go bad earlier as compared to store bought relish.

How to store relish?

Unopened relish should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat. You do not need to refrigerate an unopened jar of relish.

Once opened, you should seal the lid tightly back on and place it in the refrigerator. It would not last as long in the pantry once it has been opened.

Learn more about properly storing relish here.

Can you eat relish past its best before date?

Yes, you can eat relish past its best before date if it does not have any signs of spoilage as explained above and was stored properly.

The ‘expiry date’, ‘best before date’, and ‘use by date’ are just dates provided by the manufacturer that tell us how long a product will remain in its best condition with optimum flavor. 

Relish usually does not go bad past these dates. It may lose its taste or freshness. It also might change its texture but it is usually safe to eat.

These dates do not necessarily depict safety. They just tell us about the amount of time a product will remain in its best quality.

If a certain product has gone bad, you will be able to tell by looking at its texture. You can also give it a sniff test for any bad smell. The taste will also tell you if it has spoiled. 

Relish is not an easily perishable item. It retains its taste and texture for longer periods of time because it has preservatives added to it. 

However it is best not to ignore the expiry date because it is better to have an idea about the time a product can go bad so as to avoid getting food poisoning.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Does relish go bad?” and listed down ways in which you can tell if relish has gone bad. We also discussed the shelf life of relish and told you how to properly store relish to make it last longer. We also discussed whether you can eat relish past its expiry date or not. 

Citations

https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18175

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.