How to know if jaggery is spoiled? (3 common ways)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how to know if jaggery is spoiled”, discuss the different methods of identifying spoiled jaggery and the potential harmful human health effects of jaggery.

How to know if jaggery is spoiled?

The salty taste is the best way to identify if jaggery is spoiled or not. The older the jaggery gets, the saltier its taste becomes. If you feel any bitterness in the taste of jaggery, it is mainly because it has gone through caramelization. If you can spot a mold on jaggery, it is also a sign that the jaggery has gone bad. 

But does jaggery have an expiry date?

Shelf life of jaggery:

Yes, the shelf life of jaggery is about 10-12 months. Jaggery should not be kept in moist conditions; otherwise, it will spoil quickly. Jaggery should be kept in average or cool temperatures with a dry atmosphere. Jaggery gets worst when the atmosphere has moisture in it. If jaggery absorbs any water content, then there is a chance that it will spoil quicker.

How to identify if jaggery is spoiled or not?

It is not rocket science to identify if jaggery is spoiled or not. We can identify through conventional methods also. They are very much simple and can be done at home easily. The easy ways to determine if jaggery is spoilt or not are written below:


If you taste jaggery and you experience a saltish taste, then it is because jaggery is spoiled. The older the jaggery gets saltier the taste gets. If you are tasting jaggery and having a sweet taste as it usually does, it is probably not spoilt. If the taste gets salty, then it means that jaggery is getting spoiled.


If you see some mold growth on jaggery, then not consuming it would be recommended. Molds can grow on jaggery when it has absorbed some moisture and got some water content in it.

Physical appearance:

It is a very common parameter in identifying if anything is spoiled or not. If you see any abnormal growth on jaggery, then don’t try to consume it. It can be some bacteria or fungus which can be harmful to your health also.

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Harmful effects of jaggery:

We have always been listening to the benefits of jaggery that appear on our human health. It would be shocking to know that there can be harmful effects on our human health if we improperly consume jaggery. Some harmful health effects are listed below:

  • May lead to weight gain: Jaggery contains 385 calories in 100 grams. It is sugary and rich in carbohydrates as well, which leads us to weight gain.
  •  Raise blood sugar level: Excessively consuming jaggery can lead to increased blood sugar levels. Still, jaggery is better than white sugar, but excessive intake of jaggery can also cause diabetes.
  • Risk of parasitic infections: If jaggery has been stored in unhygienic places or has some impurities. Jaggery becomes a favorite spot for bacteria, worms, and parasites to grow. If such jaggery is consumed, then it can raise the risk of infections in our bodies.
  • Diarrhea: Some people are intolerant to jaggery and are unable to digest jaggery at all. Hence when they eat jaggery, they have to suffer diarrhea also. 
  • Nose bleeding: We all know that jaggery is very energetic and should not be consumed in summers when the atmosphere is hot. It can cause nose bleeding if taken excessively in summers.


In this blog, we discussed that jaggery could get spoiled. The shelf life of jaggery is about 10-12 months and can be stored longer if stored in a dry and cool place. 

Then we discussed that if jaggery is spoiled, its taste gets salty. The older the jaggery gets, the saltier the taste gets. Pure and fresh jaggery tastes sweet, but its taste starts to turn salty if stored for a long time.

We can also identify if jaggery is spoiled or not by checking the physical appearance. If you spot any mold or fungus, or worm growing inside jaggery, it usually means that the jaggery is spoiled and shouldn’t be consumed. 

We also discussed the harmful health effects of jaggery such as weight gain, diabetes, risk of parasitic infection, diarrhea, nose bleeding.

I hope you find this blog helpful. If you have any queries or questions, then comment to us below.


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.