How Long Does Nutella Last?

How long does Nutella last? Does Nutella go bad? The shelf life of Nutella, depends on a variety of factors including its sell by date and how the Nutella was stored. Nutella consists of a creamy blend of hazelnuts, skim milk, cocoa and sugar. Although cocoa and sugar enjoy long shelf lives, milk and hazelnuts are much more limited - contributing to the overall shelf life of Nutella. Because of the creamy texture, high protein value and rich chocolaty taste of Nutella, it's no wonder that its popularity is growing.

So, does Nutella go bad? Yes! Then how long does Nutella last? When properly stored, the shelf life of Nutella beyond its sell by date is approximately...

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Nutella Expiration Date

(Unopened) Pantry
Past Printed Date
Nutella lasts for 1-2 Months
(Opened) Pantry
Nutella lasts for 1 Month past the sell-by date, regardless of when it was opened

Of course, Nutella lasts for a shorter period of time it is not stored properly. Like most proteins, Nutella has a sell by date which is simply the last date a store should sell the Nutella. You may safely use Nutella after the sell-by date for the time periods in the above table.

How to tell if Nutella is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent foodborne illness.

Does Nutella go bad? If you've ever tasted an old jar, you know the answer is yes. The sweet taste is replaced with an undesirable one when a chocolate nut spread like Nutella has gone bad. A common trait of Nutella going bad is a slow change in texture from soft and creamy to hard and dry. If the spread begins to smell rancid, then your nutella has gone bad and you must toss it.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods before their shelf life has expired!

How to store Nutella to extend its shelf life?

You can help Nutella keep fresh longer by storing it in a cool dry place like your pantry, away from heat and light. Nutella should be stored with the lid tightly closed to keep out moisture and other contaminants. Keep it away from heat or the oils will separate. Nutella should NOT be refrigerated, refrigeration will make it hard and unusable. Always use a clean utensil to avoid cross contamination.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting facts about Nutella:

  • Nutella has been a breakfast spread in England for over 40 years and is now gaining popularity in the US and Canada.
  • A small jar (13oz) of Nutella contains over 50 hazelnuts [1].
  • How long is Nutella good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long does Nutella last? That depends. How long does bread last? Nutella lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the recipe.

    What are our shelf life resources?

    In determining how long Nutella lasts, our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Nutella.

    *An important note about expiration dates...

    Although the Nutella shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not a replacement for your health care professional. Please eat responsibly!

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