This Is The Best Way To Store Salad Dressing

You'll have a tasty salad every time when stored right.

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Salads don't need much effort to be made. In fact, the most basic salad might not even require a knife. You can tear the lettuce leaves apart with your hands and this is exactly what many restaurants do with their lettuce to prevent the lettuce from browning quickly.   

If you don't have a store-bought salad dressing already prepared to use for it, making a salad dressing may be the most effort you will have to make. A simple vinaigrette can be made with just oil, vinegar, and a little salt and pepper for more flavor but dressings, just like many recipes, can be more complicated than that for a different flavor and texture. 

Where do you store salad dressings? 

A bottle of salad dressing is rarely consumed in one sitting and this can apply to any homemade version you make, too. Storing salad dressing can be as easy as placing this in the refrigerator. The best way to store salad dressing is the same as storing any leftover food: in a container with a lid with as much air removed as possible and stored in the refrigerator. Just like eggs, it's best if these are stored not on the refrigerator door, but on the shelf where it's colder.  

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How long will these last? 

The bottled dressings will have its expiry date, and once opened it's best to consume these within 1 to 2 months. Homemade dressings however are more prone to spoilage and can spoil faster, especially the creamy dressings. That's because these contain eggs, milk, cream, and other dairy products that will hasten the spoilage. Plus, these do not contain preservatives and were not sterilized before being transferred to a container. 

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As a general rule, oil and vinegar dressings or vinaigrettes will last the longest since these two ingredients are shelf-stable. These will nonetheless still need to be refrigerated once combined. It's the creamier ones that should be consumed the fastest.

For best results, keep this quick salad dressing storage guide in mind when storing salad dressings that you've already opened or made:

  • Bottled Salad Dressings, opened: 1-2 months
  • Vinaigrette, homemade: 1-2 months
  • Creamy dressings: 1 week
  • Fresh Caesar Dressing: 2-3 days 

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