To answer the question ‘does jello go bad’ we obviously need to talk about both dry jello (a dry mix to prepare jello) and prepared jello (in its gelled form). If you’re looking for a short answer, here it is: dry jello, if stored properly will basically stay fine for long years, but when it’s prepared, it will only last a couple of days in the fridge before it will start go lose its quality and eventually go bad. If you would like to learn a little more about jello, read on!
Jello powder has a ‘best by’ date on the label, which is an estimate of how long the product should be of best quality. It will stay safe to use for a lot longer (years) when stored properly. Just make sure the product is stored in a cool and dry area (e.g. in the pantry) and it will be fine. After the package is opened, make sure you keep it sealed when not in use. The most important thing to remember is that if water (in any form) won’t be able to reach the powder, jello powder will be fine for a long time. If water gets to the powder, it becomes unusable and will go bad within a couple of days.
When it comes to recommendations, it’s said that while the package with dry jello is unopened, it should be fine for at least two (if it’s unflavored, then three) years and once the package is opened, dry jello should stay fine for a few months. Of course those are the recommendations and if you’ll store jello properly, it will stay fine for a lot longer. If you’ll find any signs of water in the package, throw the dry jello away.
Once jello is in its gelled form, it should be stored in the fridge (put it there once it’s cool). It should be fine for about a week, maybe a couple of days longer, but it’s recommended to consume it within a few days for best quality. After that week or two jello will lose its quality and might go bad shortly thereafter. The thing is, it will become runny or rubbery and lose its tastE (become bitter) before actually spoiling, so in most cases you’ll discard prepared jello because of its quality, not spoilage. And what might be the signs of spoilage, you ask? Bright bacteria marks or small signs of mold are sure-signs of that. IF you’ll notice one of the, discard the jello immediately.
That’s about all you need to know about both dry and prepared jello. We’ve gone through storage, shelf life and going bad of those products, so you’re equipped with all the essential knowledge about jello you really need.