If you recently incorporated golden syrup into your diet, you might have some questions or concerns before restocking your pantry. Also, if you are getting quality stuff, it will cost you. So naturally, you would want to be able to use it for quite some time.
Well, can you? Does golden syrup go off? What could make golden syrup go off? How do you store it, and what should you avoid? You should have enough information to carry with you on your next shopping trip by the end of this article. Let’s dive in.
The simple answer is NO. Golden syrup is made from a blend of sugars, so it does not expire. If unopened, it should last for about two years. Once opened, keep it sealed and refrigerated, and you’re good to go for at least a year. Unless you have mold growing on it, there is nothing else that could make your golden syrup go off.
If your golden syrup has a “best before date,” it would be best not to eat it. Other than that. You can enjoy it for as long as you would like until it starts to go bad.
However, remember that you need to check it regularly to ensure it’s not going bad. Check the smell, taste, and also how it looks. If you notice any foul odor or discoloration, it is time to throw it out.
If you keep checking the syrup and don’t notice anything about it, you can keep using it for as long as possible.
If you are yet to open it, it does not need to be refrigerated. However, if you have already opened it, you need to keep it refrigerated to keep mold from growing on it. Mold usually multiplies at room temperature, so you might find your golden syrup growing mold within days if you do not refrigerate.
When it is not yet opened, the golden syrup can last for as long as 2 years. It is made from mostly sugar, and sugar does not go bad. This is the same reason honey has a long shelf life. It is difficult for bacteria to grow in high sugar content and low moisture environments. Foods like this usually stick around for long.
After opening your golden syrup, you can expect it to last for about a year before it goes bad. That is if you keep it refrigerated. Leaving it at room temperature encourages mold growth and can end up ruining your syrup.
Once you’ve opened the syrup, you have to refrigerate it. When syrups are still sealed, they can be kept on the shelf for a long time. Otherwise, you have to place it in the fridge to ensure it does not start to grow mold or get bad.
Read also: Does Maple Syrup Need To Be Refrigerated?
Golden syrup is usually sweet, so a metallic taste could throw you off, understandably. When this happens, it is often a result of extended storage in inferior metal containers. If you want to keep your syrup longer than three months, then try as much as possible to avoid buying it in cans, as it tends to pick up a metallic taste over time.
You could try boiling the syrup to get rid of this taste, although this doesn’t always work. If boiling does not work, you may have to toss it out as it indicates that the tin coating has permanently dissolved in the syrup.
Golden syrup going black could happen for either or two reasons. The first reason is that the tin where it is solved could be oxidizing and dissolving into the maply syrup. In this case, a quick taste would likely reveal a metallic flavor. As mentioned earlier, you could try boiling it. But that does not always fix the problem.
The second possible cause is that the syrup has begun to grow mold. If your syrup has been open for years, it will likely start to grow mold, even if you refrigerate it. Some people skim off the mold and continue to use it as it does not make the syrup unusable, but we would advise against it. If it has already started growing mold, you might want to consider throwing it out.
Skimming works by boiling the syrup first to kill the bacteria and then allowing it cool for a bit, then scraping off the mold. Next, bring it to a boil again, and then you are good to go.
In either case, be sure to always read the label for the best before date. It is generally inadvisable to eat syrups (or any other food for that matter) after the written expiry date. Even golden syrup with a long shelf life should not be taken after the best before date. It is simply not worth the risk and would be better if you disposed of it.
In most cases, you can. Golden syrup has a shelf life of about two years, during which it is safe to eat. So even if the quality starts to reduce or develops some mold, it is still safe to use in your meals with some skimming. However, if your syrup has an expiry date, then it is not a good idea to keep eating it afterward.
If your golden syrup gets spoilt, you do not need to treat it like toxic waste. You can toss it in the trash or empty it into compost waste disposal. You could recycle the tin or jar for other necessary purposes if you would like. Golden syrup can be composted, so cross-check with your local recycling services. If it is not available in your area, you can throw it in the trash.
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