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I just found an old jar of Beef Bouillon cubes and although there is no expiration date, I'm a bit skeptical about using them - do they go bad?

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Taste them. Bouillon cubes contain enough salt to preserve them from spoilage, but the flavor (which, after all, is why you're using them) may weaken, dull, and change over the years. If you still like their flavor, then go ahead and use them.

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  • the jar was tightly sealed and stored in a cool, dry area
  • the bouillon cubes don't smell spoiled in any way
  • the cubes aren't off-color
  • are most likely under 2 years old

then they should be safe. Bouillon can keep for up to 2 years according to So, if you think they've been hiding out in the cupboard for over 2 years, I'd toss them.

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JustRight: another great answer!! – AttilaNYC Aug 20 '10 at 2:45

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