What do you mean by shelf life?
Whether you’re looking to create a new salsa recipe for you and your family or scale it up to be a booming business enterprise, you need to know a bit about shelf life. When we talk about shelf life we basically mean how long your salsa will keep its freshness and remain tasty and edible either in the refrigerator or on your kitchen counter if set out to serve.
How long with my salsa last?
Depending on the method of preparation of your salsa recipe, you salsa could last anywhere from a few days to a few years. Most fresh salsas will only last about 7 days in your refrigerator when properly covered with no preservatives (natural or unnatural) added in. Read on about boiling your salsa to find out how to make it last longer.
What will boiling my salsa due to its shelf life?
Prior to the fresh salsa boom in the early 2000’s the majority of salsas available at your grocery stores were sold on the shelf at room temperature. This possible for two reasons: When they were manufactured they were brought up to a temperature to remove any potential bacteria/enzymes and then canned to allow for no oxygen to enter, thus increasing the life of the salsa. However, once you open the jar and begin eating, the oxygen affects the finished salsa and it is best to consume within 7-10 days for optimum taste.
If you truly want to extend the life of your salsa and are an avid canner, add all of your ingredients to a pot on your stove, warming to about 180 degrees F while consistently stirring, after your salsa is at a flavor you are pleased with, pour the finished salsa into your jars and tightly close. Take all of your filled jars and let them sit in a pot of boiling water, completely submerged, for about 15-20 minutes. Remove carefully and let sit, loosen the lids a bit to prevent rust forming and your salsa is now good for up to 1 year. Always check before eating though if a long time has passed.
What happens if I can’t finish my fresh salsa?
We understand that even the tastiest salsa recipes can go unfinished and who wants to waste something as tasty as salsa? If you find yourself in this bind, and don’t think you’ll be eating the remainder in the next few days, go ahead and pop it in your freezer in a plastic container. We’ve been asked this question quite often and rest assured we have done tests for up to 3 months and the salsa still tasted amazing when thawed out.
Will the flavors change the longer my salsa sits?
When we first started making salsa we obviously did not have the knowledge we had today, on top of that, the internet wasn’t a major resource for salsa fans quite yet so we had to learn many things by trial and error. One aspect we noticed was that salsa flavors have a tendency to change (usually for the better) the longer they are allowed to sit. Sometimes your salsa can become hotter or your may end up with a stronger garlic or onion taste after a few hours. I wouldn’t fret too much on this one, if your salsa is awesome at the beginning, 9 times out of 10 it will become even more awesome the longer it sits. Just make sure that when you are letting it sit, you place it in a covered container in your refrigerator.