Does Ghee Go Bad? The Shelf-Life Story of Ghee

by | Jun 11, 2020 | Ghee News | 0 comments

Everything You Need to Know When Asking, “Does Ghee Go Bad?”

With how delicious ghee is as an ingredient and the astounding versatility it brings to your kitchen, you might be wondering just how much you could buy at one time without worrying about it going bad before you can use it. So, if you find yourself wondering, “Does ghee go bad?” keep reading!

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Knowing the answer to the question, “Does ghee go bad?” is essential, whether you are new to working with ghee or if you love ghee so much that you want to buy in bulk. It’s good to know whether or not it goes bad and how best to store it to make sure you get the most out of that jar of ghee-goodness!

So, Does Ghee Go Bad? Storage and Shelf-Life

If you are making full use of your ghee and using it with as many dishes as you can be, you should have no problem using it all before it goes bad, because the great news about ghee is that it has a pretty extensive shelf-life— much longer than butter once the milk solids are removed.

An unopened jar of ghee could be stored in a dark place, away from sunlight at room-temperature (think kitchen cabinet) for up to nine months without concern. After the jar is opened, it can stay in its room-temperature cabinet for up to six months or it can be stored in a refrigerator for up to a year. If you are storing your ghee outside of the refrigerator, be sure the location doesn’t get too humid. If it gets humid or hotter than other locations in the room, it could impact the life of your ghee. 

Can I Freeze My Ghee?

Did you know that you can buy Full Moon Ghee in bulk? It’s true, and it saves you money! If you love ghee, buying in bulk could be the way to go. However, a gallon of ghee could be a bit too much for the average ghee connoisseur to consume before it goes bad. Not to worry, though, because, yes, it is possible to freeze ghee.

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If you have a large quantity of ghee that you’d like to preserve for later use, it’s really quite easy to do. Begin by separating the ghee into smaller freezer-safe containers (freezer bags will do, but if you plan to keep the ghee frozen for months, you may want to double wrap it to prevent freezer burn). Then label the containers and place them in the freezer. Voila! Frozen ghee.

When you are ready to thaw the ghee, just move the container into the refrigerator and allow it to thaw overnight.

Did My Ghee Go Bad?

If you have kept ghee past its recommended shelf-life, instead of wondering, “Does ghee go bad?” you may be wondering, “Did my ghee go bad?” Ghee doesn’t go bad the same way that butter does. Instead, after ghee has passed its prime, it may go rancid like oils do. You’ll know that your ghee has gone rancid if it has lost its nutty, sweetness, and now tastes or smells sour.

Well that’s about all there is to say about that 😉 Now all that’s left to do is get out there and enjoy that delicious ghee!

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