Does rum go bad after opening?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Does rum go bad after opening?” and tell you how to properly store rum. We will also discuss how to tell if rum has gone bad and if rum cake can make you drunk. We will also mention why rum is added to cakes and how long do rum cakes last.

Does rum go bad after opening?

No, rum does not get bad after opening when stored properly. It is a strong spirit which is very stable. It will lose some of its taste overtime, but it will be years before you can tell the difference in its flavor.

How to store rum?

Unopened rum bottles should be stored in a cool, dark and dry place. They should be kept in your pantry. Keep them away from sunlight and heat. Keep them away from your stovetop or appliances such as fridge which radiate heat.

Opened bottle of rum can also be kept in the pantry  however you should seal the bottle properly to make sure no oxygen comes in contact with rum. Rum oxidizes in the presence of oxygen and this will alter its taste. Since rum is very stable, this deterioration process takes place very slowly.

If your bottle is half full, then it is better to transfer the rum into another smaller bottle which can be sealed because you need to minimize the amount of oxygen coming in contact with rum.

How to tell if rum has gone bad?

As mentioned earlier, rum does not really go bad. It will deteriorate very slowly and the only way to tell is by tasting it. Even if it tastes bad, it has not spoiled, but of course it would not be enjoyable anymore.

Can rum cake make you drunk?

It depends on how the rum is used in cake. Some bakers add rum directly to the cake batter. Baking this cake will evaporate most of the alcohol so it will not get you drunk. Some use fruits soaked in rum and others use it as a glaze after baking the cake.

However, if you are choosing to soak your cake after baking it in rum, then it will have a higher alcohol content and it may get you a little drunk if you eat a lot of it.

Why is rum added to cakes?

Rum is added to cakes to give them a strong alcoholic taste. Rum also makes the cakes softer and adds a lot of moisture to the cake.

Rum also serves as a preservative and increases the shelf life of cake.

How long does a rum cake last?

Rum cake, when unopened, can last for a couple of months at room temperature since alcohol acts as a preservative and keeps it from getting spoiled.

Once opened, rum cake can stay good for 4-5 days when kept at room temperature and will last for a week when kept in the refrigerator.

Find out more about other types of rum cakes here.

Does rum extract contain alcohol?

Rum extract contains little to no alcohol. There is a trace amount of alcohol in some rum extracts. There are alcohol-free rum extracts also available. 

Rum extract does not have a high alcohol content as rum. It is a more concentrated ingredient made from which has a more potent flavor. 

It makes a great ingredient for when a recipe calls for rum and you do not drink or do not have rum, then you can go for rum extract, which is a cheaper option. 

How long does rum extract last?

Rum extract has a very long shelf life because it is a concentrated version of rum. When stored properly, it can last for about 3-4 years or even longer if it is kept unopened.

Rum extract should be stored in a cool, dry and dark place in your pantry or in the cupboard for maximum shelf life.

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Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Does rum go bad after opening?” and told you how to properly store rum. We also discussed how to tell if rum has gone bad and if rum cake can make you drunk. We also mentioned why rum is added to cakes and how long do rum cakes last.

Citations

https://www.worldrumguide.com/rum-storage-faqs.html#:~:text=Once%20opened%2C%20rum%20can%20be,with%20oxygen%20in%20the%20air.