How Long Does Chicken Broth Last?

The shelf life of chicken broth depends on a variety of factors, such as the best before date, preparation method and how the chicken broth was stored. Chicken broth or chicken stock is generally low in calories but high in sodium and thus flavor. Chicken broth can be purchased dry (either granular or in bullion cubes) in aseptic packaging, canned or even frozen. Not only does chicken broth make a great base for soups of many kind, but it is also often added to casseroles, rice dishes and sauces.

So, how long does chicken broth last past the best before date? When properly stored, the shelf life of pure chicken broth past its best before date is approximately ...

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Chicken Broth Expiration Date

(Unopened) Pantry
Past Printed Date
Chicken Broth lasts for 1 Year
Chicken bullion cubes last for 6-12 Months
(Opened) Refrigerator
Chicken Broth lasts for 4-5 Days
Homemade Chicken Broth lasts for 5-6 Days

However, in terms of the shelf life of chicken broth and how long chicken broth lasts, proper storage is key. But remember, like a lot of other poultry, it may have a best before date or a sell-by date but will not have a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use pure chicken broth to compliment your favorite foods after the best by date has lapsed according to the above table as long as it has been stored properly.

How to tell if Chicken Broth is bad, rotten or spoiled?

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

Although not a perfect test, your nose is usually the best way to tell if your chicken broth has gone bad. If liquid chicken broth has gone bad, the pleasant aroma will be replaced with a sour smell. You may also see some sediment in the bottom of the container and the chicken broth may appear cloudy.

If your chicken bullion granules or cubes are getting old, they will no longer be crumbly. They will appear darker in color and seem moist. Boiling water will still melt the cubes or granules with a little more stirring, but the flavor will eventually be effected.

If your chicken broth has gone bad and you need a quick substitute, check our chicken broth substitute page.

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 Chicken Broth to extend its shelf life?

Proper storage of chicken broth is a cool dark place (the pantry) away from heat, moisture and sunlight until it is opened at which point you need to refrigerate the chicken broth in a sealed container. For a longer term option, chicken broth may be frozen.

Chicken bullion cubes or granules are best kept in a pantry at a constant temperature.

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

Interesting facts about Chicken Broth:

  • Homemade chicken broth can last slightly longer than purchased broth if there is a high fat content in the broth. The fat forms a seal on the broth as it solidifies and forms a solid layer on top when refrigerated. Once this seal is broken and thrown away the broth will spoil quicker. Be sure to remove this layer before using the broth for a healthier diet.
  • See our FAQ for more information on the differences between stock, broth and bouillon.
  • How long is Chicken Broth good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long does chicken broth last? That depends. How long does cream last? Food ingredients will last as long as the shortest expiring ingredient in your recipe.

    What are our shelf life resources?

    In determining how long Chicken Broth 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 Chicken Broth.

    *An important note about expiration dates...

    Although the Chicken Broth 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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