How long can coconut milk sit out?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long can coconut milk sit out” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of coconut milk at room temperature. Moreover, we are going to discuss different ways to spot bad coconut milk.

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

How long can coconut milk sit out?

Open can/carton of coconut milk, as well as homemade coconut milk, lasts for about 2 hours if left out at room temperature.

Coconut milk is a perishable commodity and has a lot of water present in its formulation so if it is kept out for more than 2 hours, bacteria and other microbes will find their way into your coconut milk and will spoil it. 

You should discard the coconut milk 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 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore there are greater chances of the coconut milk being already contaminated with bacteria when left out for more than 2 hours.

Moreover, if the temperature of the surroundings is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, then the process of spoilage takes place at a faster pace and it is recommended to discard coconut milk that is left out in the open for more than an hour at 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

The only exception to this case is the unopened canned coconut milk which lasts for bout 2-5 months past the “best by” date if stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

It is worth mentioning that the figures mentioned above are the estimated shelf life of coconut milk.

How long can coconut milk stay good in the fridge?

An unopened can of coconut milk can keep going for around 2-5 years in the fridge when put away at or under 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

On the other hand, the opened can of coconut milk can keep going for as long as seven days while put away in the fridge appropriately but it is recommended to use it within 4 to 5 days for optimum taste.

An unopened carton of coconut milk goes on for around 3 months on the off chance that it is appropriately put away and the carton is intact while an opened container of milk goes on for around 7-10 days if it is put away in the refrigerator properly at or under 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

You can read the benefits of coconut milk here.

What is the optimum temperature to store coconut milk?

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

Is coconut milk safe to use after the best-before date?

The “best by” or “best before” date that is written on the carton of coconut milk refers to the quality rather than safety so coconut milk 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 coconut milk but you can still use coconut milk that is past this date as long as it was stored properly, there is no leakage in the carton and no signs of mold are present.

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Ways to spot bad coconut milk

There are a couple of indicators that point out bad coconut milk. You should consider the appearance, texture, smell, and taste of coconut milk to give a final verdict on whether or not it has gone bad.

Appearance

If you spot a mold or any other organic growth in your coconut milk carton (it is a really rare phenomenon), then the best thing you can do is to get rid of this coconut milk as it is an indication of bad coconut milk.

Texture

If the coconut milk is curdled or has lumps present in it, then it is an indication of bad coconut milk and you should get rid of it.

Smell

If you smell something foul or sour while taking a sniff test then it is an indication that the coconut milk has gone bad and the best thing to do is to discard it.

Taste

If the coconut milk has passed the visual and smell test, then you can go ahead and taste it. If you notice a sour or slightly bitter taste after taking a little sip of milk then it is an indication that the coconut milk has gone bad. 

Tips to properly store coconut milk

  1. coconut milk can pick up odors therefore it should be stored in an air-tight container or bottle in the fridge. Moreover, it should be stored away from strong-smelling food items like garlic, onion, etc. 
  1. It is better to store coconut milk on a shelf of the refrigerator rather than the door as there is a lot of temperature fluctuation at the door of the fridge and that can harm the quality of coconut milk.
  1. coconut milk should be stored on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator as it is the coldest part of the refrigerator and has a temperature between 38 °F to 40 °F.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long can coconut milk sit out” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of coconut milk at room temperature. Moreover, we discussed different ways to spot bad coconut milk.

Citations

https://www.usdairy.com/news-articles/how-long-can-milk-sit-out

https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/does-coconut-milk-go-bad

https://askinglot.com/how-long-does-coconut-milk-last-out-of-the-can

https://www.doesitgobad.com/does-coconut-milk-go-bad/

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.