What happens If you eat expired sauce?

In this article, we will answer the question “What happens If you eat expired sauce?”, and what is the shelf-life of the most commonly used condiments?

What happens If you eat expired sauce?

Eating expired sauce will not make you sick unless the sauce is spoiled, It has mold growing inside, or the bottle of the sauce is damaged. 

The shelf-life of the sauce varies with the type of ingredients of the sauce and the storage method. The following table shows an estimated Shelf-life of different condiments. 

Shelf-life of the most commonly used condiments

In the pantry In the fridge 
Barbeque sauce 12 months (unopened)1 month (opened)4 months (opened)
Ketchup, Cocktail, or Chili sauce12 months (unopened)1 month (opened)6 months (opened)
Chutney 12 months (unopened)1-2 months (opened)
Horseradish in jar12 months (unopened)3-4 months (opened)
Mayonnaise 2-3 months (unopened)2 months (opened)
Mustard 12 months (unopened)1 month (opened)12 months (opened)
Olives (Black and Green)12-18 months (unopened)2 weeks (opened)
Pickles 12 months (unopened)1-2 weeks (opened)
Salad dressings10-12 months (unopened)3 months (opened)
Salsa, Picante, and taco sauces12 months (unopened)1 month (opened)
Vinaigrette Dressings – Italian, Balsamic12-18 months (unopened)6-9 months (opened)
Relish 2 years (unopened)1 year (opened)
Tartar sauce 12 months (unopened)6 months (opened)
Hot sauce 5 years (unopened)5 years (opened)
Soy sauce Indefinite (unopened)2 years (opened)

What happens if you eat expired pasta sauce?

Eating expired pasta sauce won’t make you sick unless the sauce is spoiled. The bets-by date on the past sauce bottle or jar is not an indication of safety. It only gives you a rough estimate of how long the product will remain in its prime quality. Spaghetti sauce will stay fresh for 3-5 months past its expiry If the bottle is unopened.

How good is pasta sauce after opening? 

Pasta sauce, once opened, will last anywhere between 3-5 days in the fridge. 

In the fridge  (opened)In the freezer (opened)
After opening In freezer container
Newman’s Own Spaghetti Sauce lasts for3-7 days Recommended, but time not listed
Ragu Cheese Based Pasta Sauce lasts for3 days Not Recommended
Ragu Tomato Based Pasta Sauce lasts for3-5 days Not Recommended
Barilla Pasta Sauce lasts for3-5 days 3 months
Classico Tomato Based Pasta Sauce  lasts for3-5 days 2-3 months 

The shelf-life of the pasta sauce depends on its base ingredients. 

Types of pasta sauceIn the pantry(unopened)In the refrigerator(opened)
Tomato-based pasta sauce1 year5-10 days
Cream-based pasta sauce6-8 months7 days
Oil-based pasta sauce1 year2 weeks
Dry-package pasta sauce6-12 months7-10 days(If prepared)

Tomato-based pasta sauces will generally keep for longer due to the acidity of the tomatoes.  If the tomato-based sauce contains meats, consume it within 2-3 days of refrigeration as the meat will spoil quicker than the tomato sauce. 

Diary-based pasts sauces like Carbonara, alfredo, Cajun alfredo, pesto cream, white clam, and beer cheese sauces should be consumed within hours of preparation because they spoil rapidly.

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What happens if you eat expired oyster sauce?

Oyster sauce does not become unsafe for consumption past its expiry If it’s stored correctly. It loses its flavor and intensity past the expiration date and may or may not cause food poisoning.

The symptoms of food poisoning may vary from person to person and with the virulence of the mold or bacteria ingested. Common symptoms include headache, nausea, weakness, mild fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. 

These symptoms should go away in 1-2 days. If they don’t go away or become intense, consult a doctor. Severe symptoms might include bloody urine, extreme dehydration due to diarrhea, fever above 101.5℉, and diarrhea that persists for more than 3 days.

How long does the oyster sauce last?

In the pantry In the fridge 
Oyster sauce (unopened)Best-by + 3-6 months for best quality 
Oyster sauce (opened)3-6 months for best quality

What happens if you eat expired yum yum sauce?

Eating expired store-bought yum yum sauce may not necessarily make you sick. It is because commercially bottled yum yum sauce has preservatives added and comes with a best-by date. 

Before consuming expired yum yum sauce, make sure It passes all the quality parameters. In case of any strange texture, smell or appearance, discard the sauce. Homemade yum yum sauce lasts a week in the fridge If stored in an air-tight container. 

Homemade yum yum sauce does not have preservatives so It is not recommended to consume It past a week. 


In this article, we answered the question “What happens If you eat expired sauce?”, and what is the shelf-life of the most commonly used condiments?




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