Does Nutella Go Bad?

If you’re a Nutella fan, you probably didn’t ever think about the question “does Nutella go bad?”. If you’d like to know the answer to this question, this is the article for you. As a matter of fact, Nutella goes bad (rancid), but this process takes some time. In fact, most people will never experience spoiled Nutella simply because they’ll eat it way ahead of the time when it might start to go rancid. Let’s dive into some important pieces of information about storage, shelf life and going bad of Nutella.

How to Store Nutella

Nutella jars should be stored in a cool, dark place when not in use. The pantry seems to be the best place, but if you’ll use the whole jar within a week or two, storing it in room temperature (e.g. in a cupboard in the kitchen) is fine as well. Don’t store Nutella in the fridge.

Nutella Art
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Please remember that, once the jar is opened for the first time, it should be always tightly closed when not in use. Another thing worth mentioning, although I’m almost sure you already know that, is that you should always use a clean spoon when scooping Nutella (and don’t use your fingers!). This way any contaminants won’t be able to get into this delicious creamy spread and therefore it won’t go bad due to contamination.

Shelf Life of Nutella

There’s usually a sell-by date on a jar of Nutella. It’s recommended that this sandwich spread should be consumed within about two months from that date (provided the jar is unopened) or within about a month once the jar is opened for the first time. As you probably know, these are just pretty rough estimates and recommendations for best quality and Nutella can be fine for quite a longer period of times (a few months, or even more). If the jar of Nutella is opened for less than half a year, chances are this sandwich spread will still be fine. You just need to make sure it’s not rancid.

How to Tell if Nutella is Bad

Even though Nutella has a pretty long shelf life, it can go bad, especially if it’s not stored properly (e.g. in warm conditions or in direct light) or it’s contaminated. After some time (depending on storage conditions) the taste and texture of Nutella start to alter. This does not necessarily means it’s bad or rancid right away. In fact, it’s your call whether you’ll decide to use it or discard it. If you’ll eat it, nothing bad will happen, but you might not be satisfied with its taste. If Nutella’s odor is changed, it became hard and dry (instead of creamy) or it just doesn’t taste right, throw it away.

Summary
As you should know by now, Nutella can go bad. If you’ll store it properly and use only clean utensils, this sandwich spread will be fine for at least a couple of months. It you’re worried that it will go bad anyway (meaning you won’t be able to use the whole jar within a couple of months), I suggest you choose a smaller jar.