How To Store Molasses
Molasses sealed pack jars should be placed in a chill, dry, shaded place and can be stored for one year or more. The biggest danger for molasses is heat and humidity, and they can cause fungus to grow. Store it in an air-tight jar, and make sure to dry clean the jar and tighten the jar lid after every use. Store in a safe place just like your cupboards. These storage tips apply to every type of molasses, whether it is light-colored, dark extracted, or black strip. The sulfured and non-sulfured molasses are more to be preserved with care.
You can also keep molasses in your fridge, and it will keep the temperature maintained. It is a tip for molasses in some regions. When molasses are kept in the fridge, they can get thicken and more difficult to get out of the jar. If you want to use it, you are supposed to keep it out for a while to adjust the room temperature for normal use. You can also pour warm water on the jar to save time, or you can put the jar in a bowl of warm water. It cannot be done microwaved; otherwise, the thickness and consistency of the liquid will get affected.
Does Molasses Go Bad?
There are many types of things that can be restored when a spot of fungus appears, and molasses is not one of them. It cannot be used once in any part, and any spot fungus is to be seen. Although fungi on molasses are rarely visible, if seen, even the tiniest visible spot, you are supposed to throw the whole jar.
Molasses can be expired in some evident ways. If it shows to split up or have a terrible smell, that is the time to get another jar. Sometimes molasses can crystals separated, this shows that it has expired. You have to taste a bit of molasses every time you use it. Sometimes storing it for a long time can change tastes. Still, if it tastes good, it's fine.
The taste of molasses reduces with time, and whether it is a new or half jar, you must notify the "best before" date mentioned on the jar label. It is the time given for the freshness of the product. It may be wonderfully secure for use but, after some time, it won't feel the same recipe as it was. The taste and odor will fade away.
How Long Does Molasses Last
There are many thoughts about the storage life of this product. Every company of molasses has a different product of their recipe. Everyone’s recipe gives the reason for taste and process to say how long does molasses will be preserved.
Many jars come with a best before date, but that given date is only an estimated guess of how long the product will remain in its best condition. Molasses is different from other sweet syrups.
Briefly, molasses stay preserved with the best quality for months earlier than the date given on it. If there is no date mentioned anywhere on the jar, you can easily assure yourself that it will be preserved at its best for 2 years, estimated from the day bought.
In some of the cases, you will choose to dispose of it for quality purposes, it’s not spoiled, but the quality will not remain the same after some time, and the taste and odor will fade away with time. Molasses lasts much longer than that given time if stored properly.
How To Tell If Molasses Is Bad
Molasses don’t last forever, just like honey. It will expire at last. The indications of molasses getting bad are very normal to guess. It involves patches of fungus, disgusting odor, or faded taste. Particularly, spots of fungus can be tiny and difficult to notice.
Some people are not sure about how molasses taste and smell. The quickest way to check is to open a new jar, and smell it and taste a bit. This is the easiest way to know.
If it looks good just like it is ought to be and smells good, go ahead to taste a bit. It’s probably totally safe to taste and generally, some cases in which it doesn’t taste fine or disgusting.
If the liquid tastes good, feel safe to add it to your next recipe. Or else, it’s recommended to discard it for health safety reasons.
In the end, if you still assume that something is wrong with the molasses, then remove it even if you can’t figure out what is wrong. Humans are good at gut feeling about if anything is wrong.
So, if some feeling indicates you that there’s something that is not good with the product, immediately dispose of the product.