How long can chicken broth stay in the fridge?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long can chicken broth stay in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of a chicken broth in different mediums. Moreover, we are going to discuss whether or not you can refrigerate the reheated chicken broth.

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

How long can chicken broth stay in the fridge?

Homemade chicken broth lasts for about 3-4 days if it is stored properly in an air-tight container in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

On the other hand, unopened canned chicken broth lasts for about 1-2 years past the “best by” date if it is stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat. 

As soon as you open the can of your store-bought chicken broth, the clock starts ticking and you have a limited time in which you can enjoy the good quality and flavor of chicken broth. Once opened, canned chicken broth lasts for about 4-5 days when stored in the fridge. It is the time in which you can enjoy the best quality and flavor of your chicken broth.

It is worth mentioning that these figures are just the estimated shelf life of the chicken broth and you can enjoy the best quality of chicken broth within this time.

How long does chicken broth last at room temperature?

Homemade or open canned chicken broth can last for about 2 hours when kept at room temperature. 

You should discard the chicken broth that has been left in open for more than 2 hours as bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40°F and 140°F, therefore there are greater chances of the chicken broth being already contaminated with bacteria when left out for more than 2 hours.

How long does chicken broth last in the freezer?

Chicken broth if kept in an air-tight heavy-duty freezer container can last for up to 4-6 months in the freezer. Thus keeping the chicken broth in the freezer will increase its shelf life considerably owing to the cool temperature of the freezer that halts the bacterial growth on the chicken broth.

Chicken broth if thawed in the fridge can be kept there for 3-4 days before reheating and consuming it. If the chicken broth is thawed in the microwave, it is better to reheat and consume it immediately.

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Can I refrigerate the reheated chicken broth?

Once you have reheated your refrigerated or frozen chicken broth, you should never refrigerate it. 

The reason behind this is that when you heat the previously refrigerated or frozen chicken broth, its temperature rises from 40 degrees Fahrenheit and that is the suitable temperature for bacteria to grow, thereby bacteria can grow at a faster pace at it and you should never refrigerate such chicken broth again.

Is chicken broth safe to use after the best-before date?

The “best by” or “best before” date that is written on the can of store-bought chicken broth refers to the quality rather than safety so the chicken broth doesn’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 chicken broth but you can still use chicken broth that is past this date as long as it was stored properly and there is no mold, off-smell, or off-flavor in it.

You can read whether or not chicken broth is good for you here.

Tips to properly store chicken broth

  1. As soon as you open a can of broth, it is recommended to transfer the leftovers in the air-tight container or plastic zipper bag immediately and store it in the refrigerator. 
  1. Moreover, it is a good practice to store the chicken broth on the shelf of the fridge rather than the door as there is a lot of temperature fluctuation at the door of the fridge that can mess up the quality of the chicken broth. 
  1. In the case of homemade chicken broth, you should never store the hot chicken broth directly in the air-tight container as the moisture can build up inside the container and can provide a suitable environment for bacteria to grow, which can resultantly spoil your chicken broth. You should let the chicken broth cool thoroughly before storing it in an air-tight container.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long can chicken broth stay in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of a chicken broth in different mediums. Moreover, we discussed whether or not you can refrigerate the reheated chicken broth.

Citations

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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.