How long will unrefrigerated chicken broth be good?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How long will unrefrigerated chicken broth be good” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of a chicken broth in different conditions. 

Moreover, we are going to discuss the ways to spot bad chicken broth.

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

How long will unrefrigerated chicken broth be good?

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.

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

How long does chicken broth last in the fridge?

Chicken broth can last for up to 4-5 days if it is stored at approximately 40°F or below in the fridge. 

So whether you have homemade chicken broth or the one from the restaurant, it will last for 4-5 days in your refrigerator.

Chicken belongs to the meat food group and is a highly perishable commodity that is rich in protein. There is a great risk of bacterial contamination if the chicken broth is not handled and stored appropriately.

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.

 Moreover, 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.

In the case of the 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.

Moreover, 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.

You can read how to make chicken broth at home here.

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.

How long does chicken broth last after being frozen and thawed?

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

How to tell if the chicken broth has gone bad?

You can tell whether or not your chicken broth has gone bad by considering its appearance and smell.

If you spot a mold in your broth then you should immediately discard such chicken broth as it has gone bad.

Moreover, if you smell something rotten, putrid, or sour while taking a sniff test of your chicken broth then it is an indication of bad chicken broth.

In the case of canned chicken broth, if you spot some dent or leakage in the can or if the unopened can have a bulging lid or bulging body of the can, it is better to discard it.

Consuming a chicken that has gone bad can put you at the risk of many food-borne illnesses especially food poisoning. 

Consuming a chicken broth that has gone bad can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain and severe food poisoning can even lead to hospitalization and serious health issues.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “How long will unrefrigerated chicken broth be good” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of a chicken broth in different conditions. Moreover, we discussed the ways to spot bad 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.

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