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Does anybody know if ketchup goes bad?

My mom was cleaning out her pantry & found 2 bottles of closed ketchup that were dated expiration dates 2008 & 2009...She threw them out...Was it safe for her to us them being they were closed?


Asked by girliemom0406 at 10:28 AM on Jan. 10, 2011 in Food & Drink

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Answers (10)
  • Yes, it does go bad...

    Usually you can tell by the color.

    It also will taste nasty....

    I have been there.....

    Answer by KFree907 at 10:31 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • It turns to vinegar.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 10:29 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • It DOES NOT have to be refrigerated. There should be an expiration date printed somewhere on the bottle. It lasts a very long time.

    Answer by AdrianaS at 10:29 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • that's a LITTLE too old to be eating

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 10:29 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • I always go by the expiration date. Sometimes when mine reaches the date, it is kind yucky looking, it actually starts to separate.

    Answer by m-avi at 10:40 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Ketchup remains good for 15 months as long as you leave it unopened. The product's high acidity level makes it shelf stable, which means it has a long shelf life, the manufacturer said. You don't need to refrigerate Heinz Ketchup after opening it, but doing so will keep it from spoiling as a result of unfavorable storage conditions.


    Answer by Moms_Angels1960 at 10:54 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Technically it doesn't go bad if it's sealed. However, I personally would've done the same thing and thrown them out.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 11:13 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • It would not have been unsafe to eat, but the flavor would probably have been substandard.

    Answer by SweetLuci at 11:27 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • It doesn't go bad, per say, but the plastic bottle starts breaking down after a period of time - it's the same reason bottled water has an expiration date, the water obviously doesn't go bad but the plastic starts breaking down. So yeah, probably not a bad thing that she threw them out - I'd have done it too.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:45 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • I wouldnt have eaten it

    Answer by shivasgirl at 1:32 PM on Jan. 10, 2011