Applesauce is a fruit dessert made from apples, water or milk, sugar or honey, and cinnamon. It is a popular snack in the United States and Canada that can be eaten on its own or as part of a dessert.
Applesauce is made by cooking slices of apple in a saucepan with water for about 10 minutes. The mixture can then be simmered until it becomes thick like pudding. The final dish can be served warm or cold.
Whether you have bought applesauce from the store or made them yourself at home, you will wonder how long it will last.
How Long Does Applesauce Last?
Applesauce will last for many hours when refrigerated in its original state because the sugar in the apple reacts with the starch granules to form an acidic solution that slows down bacterial growth while preserving the apple’s flavor.
Applesauce will last for about a week when kept in the refrigerator. If you do not use it up within that time, take it out and make applesauce pancakes with the leftovers!
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Do Applesauce Go Bad?
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Applesauce can go bad when it develops mold or if it’s too acidic. Some people might not know that because applesauce is meant to be healthy, natural food that should never go bad.
However, it’s important to understand that most of the time, applesauce will only spoil for about a week. The reason for this is that apples are what we call “low acid” fruits and vegetables.
How To Tell When Applesauce Is Bad
Applesauce is a great thing when you want to bake a cake, but it can be a bad sign when you’re eating it. Here are some more signs that applesauce is spoiled.
The color of the applesauce can change from light brown to dark brown or even black.
It may smell differently too. If the applesauce has an off smell, or if it is discolored, then it might not be good for consumption anymore.
Finally, if there is mold visible on the applesauce, it’s a sure sign that it is bad and should be discarded. Consuming it can lead to food poisoning and make you very sick.
How To Store Applesauce
Applesauce is a popular side dish, but it has a tendency to spoil quickly. This happens because apples are watery and perishable.
The best way to store this side dish is in the refrigerator.
If it’s canned applesauce, there’s no need to refrigerate it. As long as the can has not been opened, it can be stored in the pantry.
On the other hand, once the can has been opened, it should be transferred to an airtight container and stored in the fridge right away.
Can You Freeze Applesauce?
You can freeze applesauce if you want to preserve it for later use. To prevent any freezer burn, let your applesauce cool completely before wrapping and freezing. If left in an opened container or bag, the moisture in the air will cause freezer burn within a few weeks.
While applesauce is stored in the freezer, there is only one downside. Once the applesauce is frozen, there will be some changes to the texture. After it is thawed, the sauce will become watery.
A quick way to fix the issue is to use a fine-mesh strainer and strain the excess water.
How To Keep Applesauce Fresh Longer
Applesauce can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days, but it will quickly turn brown and lose its flavor.
To keep it fresh longer, try these three key steps:
– Keep the applesauce in a sealed container or put it in a tightly sealed glass jar and store it in the fridge
– Leave the applesauce uncovered on your counter so that oxygen can have easy access to it
– If you choose to leave your applesauce uncovered on your counter, add an apple or carrot to keep flies away
Use applesauce that doesn’t have added sugar or preservatives because these additives can make applesauce go bad faster.
Is eating spoiled applesauce safe?
Yes, you can eat expired applesauce. Just as long as there is no mold growing on it. If there is mold, throw away the applesauce since it will make you sick.