Do you worry about how long you can keep your broth safely in the frig? Concerned about leaving it out on counter? Want to know how to tell if your broth’s gone bad? Stop worrying. Here’s your answers.
On average, your broth will be good for five days in the frig. How long will depend on the temperature setting of your refrigerator and where you place your container of broth. Generally foods stay colder if placed near the back, where they are the least affected by the opening and closing of the refrigerator door. If you retain the layer of fat on the top, however, your broth may stay good for as a long as a couple weeks.
If your broth goes bad, you will most likely know it. If you are unsure, you have two options: throw it out or boil it before eating. Keep in mind that just heating it to serving temperature won’t destroy the active bacteria and some people might become sick. To kill active bacteria boil the broth for at least a minute at 150 degrees or above.
People who are food sensitive, prone to histamine reactions and recovering from illness, may do well to toss the broth. Paul Jaminet, author of The Perfect Health Diet, explains why: “Boiling it will kill bacteria and prevent it from giving you an infection. But you’ll still get the dead bacteria, which are immunogenic, and any toxins they produced, plus any amines/toxins they produced from the broth proteins.”
Many people also report that they often forget about their broth, leave it out on the counter and wonder if they need to throw it out. A related question is, how long we can allow broth to cool before being put away in the refrigerator. Again, that’s going to depend on factors like your climate, the season and the temperature of the kitchen. Some people, after all, keeps their kitchens quite cold, especially in the winter. Food safety experts caution that we should cool our food as rapidly as possible down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. To easily achieve this, take your big hot pot of broth and divvy it up into mason jars, pyrex food storage containers or other smaller containers.
Finally, if you are not sure you can use up all broth within a few days, freeze some of those containers. If freezing glass, take care to prevent breakage by leaving plenty of space at the top for when the liquid expands into solid ice.
Keep your questions coming in . . . and enjoy your broth!