How long are jello shots good for in the fridge?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long are jello shots good for in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of jello shots. Moreover, we are going to discuss the proper way to store jello shots and different ways to spot bad jello shots.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How long are jello shots good for in the fridge?

Open packaged pre-prepared/ prepared jello shots last for about 7-10 days when stored in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit but it is recommended to use them within 3-5 days to enjoy their optimum taste and quality.

When it comes to the dry jello shots gelatin mix then it lasts for about a month or more past the “best by” date written on the package, if it is stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of your pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

It is worth mentioning that these are the estimated shelf lives of the jello shots and it is the time during which you can enjoy its peak quality. jello shots can last for even longer than this provided that it is stored properly.

What is the optimum temperature to store jello shots?

You should always store your jello shots at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore it is always advised to store your jello shots at a lower temperature to preserve their freshness for a long time.

How long are jello shots good for at room temperature?

Open jello shots last for about 2 hours when kept at room temperature due to safety concerns. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore there are greater chances of the jello shots being already contaminated with bacteria when left out for more than 2 hours.

The only exception to this case is the unopened packaged pre-prepared jello shots that last for about 3-4 months when stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

Are jello shots safe to consume after the best-before date?

The “best by” or “best before” date that is written on the packet of jello shots refers to more of quality rather than safety so jello shots don’t necessarily go bad immediately after the “best before” date. 

This date refers to the time during which you can enjoy the peak quality and flavor of jello shots but you can still consume jello shots that are past this date as long as they were stored properly and there is no sign of spoilage associated with them.

Can I freeze jello shots?

We do not recommend you freeze prepared jello shots. Freezing the jello shots can mess up its texture and quality and you will notice a significant texture change once the frozen jello shots are thawed, so freezing the jello shots is a big “No”.

You can read how to make vodka jello shots here.

Tips to properly store jello shots

  1. You can store an unopened pack of powdered dry jello in a cool, dry, and dark place away from direct sunlight and heat. You can store it in the cool and dry corner of your pantry.
  1. Make sure that you are not storing dry powdered jello in a humid environment because if humidity somehow finds its way to your powdered jello, it can mess up the texture and quality of your dry jello.
  1. In the case of jello shots, it is recommended to keep them refrigerated at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  1. If you have a strong-smelling food item present in your fridge like garlic, onion, fish, etc. then it is recommended to store your jello shots in an air-tight container so that it won’t pick up the strong smell of other foods.
  1. It is worth mentioning that we do not encourage you to freeze your jello shots. Freezing the jello shots can mess up its texture and quality and you will notice a significant texture change once the frozen jello shots are thawed.

Different ways to spot bad jello

There are a few indicators including appearance, texture, and smell, that will point towards the fact that the jello shots have gone bad.

Appearance

If you see some mold or some yeast growth on your jello shots then the best thing you can do is to get rid of it because it is an indication that your jello shots have gone bad.

If you notice that the gelatin present in the formulation of dry jello has lost some of its potency (it is not turning the water in gel properly), then it is the indication that it is past its prime age and it is better to buy yourself a new packet of dry jello.

Texture

Jello shots begin to become rubbery with time, so if your jello shots have turned rubbery, it is totally up to you whether you want to eat them or if you discard them.

Smell

If you notice that your jello shots smell funny or unpleasant then it is better to discard them.

Taste

In case your jello shots have passed both the visual and the sniff test then you can go ahead and taste your jello shots. In case you feel something sour or bitter instead of the sweet taste of the jello then it is an indication of bad jello.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long are jello shots good for in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of jello shots. Moreover, we discussed the proper way to store jello shots and different ways to spot bad jello shots.

Citations

https://www.tablespoon.com/meals/drinks/how-to-make-jello-shots#:~:text=Jello%20shots%20last%20in%20the,shots%20for%20your%20next%20party!
https://www.thrillist.com/culture/everything-you-need-to-know-about-jello-shots
https://www.reference.com/world-view/long-jell-o-shots-stay-good-7613d2685adf6e3
https://askinglot.com/can-i-make-jello-shots-a-week-in-advance

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.