Food - Drink
What To Consider Before Storing Mustard In The Pantry
Made from whole, cracked, or crushed mustard seeds mixed with a liquid like vinegar, water, or beer, mustard is a zesty condiment that is always great to have on hand. Even though mustard packs a punch of flavor, it still needs to be stored properly to preserve that flavor, and the pantry may not be your best bet.
Mustard boasts a high level of acidity that acts as a preservative, meaning it's totally safe to store it in the pantry away from direct sunlight. However, the quality and flavor of your mustard, especially varieties such as horseradish and Dijon, can quickly deteriorate when stored in the pantry versus the fridge.
Whether you store it in the pantry or the fridge, most mustards have a shelf life of up to one year after opening. However, you should still check your bottle or jar for signs of mold or a strange smell before every use, and remember that the fridge is your best option to keep your mustard higher-quality for longer.