How long does creamer last?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long does creamer last” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of different variants of coffee creamers. Moreover, we are going to discuss ways to spot bad creamers and the proper way to store creamer.

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

How long does creamer last?

Coffee creamers have different shelf lives depending on if it is dairy-based or non-dairy, whether it is opened or unopened and the way you are storing it.

Dairy creamer sold refrigerated

When it comes to the unopened pack of dairy creamer that is sold refrigerated then it lasts for about a week or two past the “use by” date if stored in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

On the other hand, once it gets opened, its shelf life also decreases. The opened dairy creamer lasts for about 1-2 weeks when kept in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the fridge in an air-tight container or bottle.

Non-dairy creamer sold unrefrigerated

Non-dairy creamer that is sold unrefrigerated and is still unopened lasts for about a month past the “best by” date if it is stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of your pantry away from direct sunlight and heat and provided that there is no leakage in it

Once opened, non-dairy creamer lasts for about 1-2 weeks if stored properly in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in an air-tight container or bottle.

Mini coffee creamer cups

Mini coffee creamer cups can stay good even a month past the “best by” date if they are stored properly in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

Powdered coffee creamer

Powdered coffee creamer lasts for about 3-6 months past the best by date if it is stored properly in an air-tight container in a cool, dry, and dark corner of your pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

It is worth mentioning that these figures are just the estimated shelf life of the creamer and it is the time during which you can enjoy its peak quality. Creamer can even last for longer than this, provided that it was stored properly.

You can read more about creamers here.

Is creamer safe to use after the best-before date?

The “best by” or “best before” date that is written on the package of creamer refers to the quality rather than safety so creamer doesn’t necessarily go bad immediately after the best before date. It is the time during which you can enjoy the peak quality and flavor of creamer but you can still use creamer that is past this date as long as it was stored properly.

How to properly store creamers?

  1. When it comes to dairy creamers, you should always store them at 40°F or below in the fridge. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40°F and 140°F, therefore it is always advised to store dairy creamers at a lower temperature to preserve their freshness and quality for a long time.
  2. In the case of the non-dairy creamers, you can store them in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat as long as they are unopened but once they get opened, it is recommended to store them in the fridge in an air-tight container.
  3. In the case of the powdered coffee container, the best way to store it is to keep it in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat in an air-tight container.
  4. You should not store the powder coffee creamer in a humid environment. Moreover, it is advised to tightly close the lid of the powdered coffee creamer as soon as you are done scooping out the creamer that you need to minimize its air and moisture exposure that can otherwise mess up its quality and can even form lumps in it.
  5. You should never use a wet spoon to scoop out powdered coffee creamer.

How to tell if the creamer has gone bad?

Certain indicators can be considered to make sure whether or not the creamer has gone bad.

Taste

In the case of liquid creamer (dairy or non-dairy), if you notice a sour or bitter taste after taking a little sip then it is the indication that the creamer has gone bad. 

In the case of the powdered coffee creamer, you can brew yourself a cup of coffee to check its taste profile. If you feel some off-flavors in it then it is better to discord such powdered coffee creamer.

Texture

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

Smell

If you smell something foul or acidic while taking a sniff test then it is an indication that your creamer has gone bad.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long does creamer last” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of different variants of coffee creamers. Moreover, we discussed ways to spot bad creamers and the proper way to store creamer.

Citations

https://www.doesitgobad.com/does-coffee-creamer-go-bad/

https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/16931

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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.

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