Can you get sick from eating expired ketchup?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “Can you get sick from eating expired ketchup?”   with an in-depth analysis of signs of bad ketchup. Moreover, we are going to discuss the storage and the homemade recipe of the ketchup.

Can you get sick from eating expired ketchup?

No, eating expired ketchup won’t make you sick.

Ketchup comes with best by or use by date, that date indicates that you can enjoy the best quality and taste of the ketchup till best by or use by date.

But even eating ketchup after that date will not make you sick.

However, it can cause mild food poisoning in some people, that’s why you should avoid using expired ketchup for your ty.

What are the signs of bad ketchup?

If you want to know whether your ketchup has gone bad or not, you can do so easily by noticing some signs as explained below;

  • The presence of mold is a clear indication of bad ketchup. Usually, molds don’t grow on the ketchup due to the presence of ketchup.
  • Check the surface area and cap of the ketchup to observe if there is any mold or not.
  • If you have kept the bottle for a long time, the cap may seem bloated. You may also hear a popping sound while removing the cap.
  • The popping sound results due to the accumulation of gas produced by harmful microbes.
  • If ketchup has a bitter taste instead of its original sour and sweet taste, it has gone bad.
  • A bad and strong sour smell is also a clear sign of ketchup.
  • If the ketchup has been stored for too long, you may also notice a darker color which indicates that it has gone bad.
  • If the separation made between vinegar and tomato paste due to sitting for a long time doesn’t meet while shaking, it means this has gone bad and is not useful.
  • If the taste and smell of the ketchup don’t feel good, just throw it away.

How to store ketchup?

Keep the mind the following tips while storing ketchup;

  • Store the unopened bottles of the ketchup in a cool,  dry place. Avoid making direct contact with the sunlight.
  • You can keep the unopened bottles of the ketchup in the pantry or cabin.
  • After you open it, keep the ketchup bottle in the refrigerator. You can consume it in this way for 6 months.
  • But if you have kept the opened bottle of ketchup at room temperature, it will only stay good to eat for a month.
  • Always clean and dry the cap of the bottle before putting it again on the bottle to avoid contamination of the ketchup.

What is the shelf life of the ketchup?

  • Ketchup stays good for usage for 6_12 months once you open it if you have kept it in the refrigerator.
  • An opened bottle of Heinz ketchup also lasts for 1 year in the refrigerator.
  • However, unopened bottles of prepared ketchup can last for 1_2 years even if its expiry date has been passed in the pantry.
  • Heinz ketchup lasts for 2 years if it’s kept unopened in the pantry. 
  • But if you have kept ketchup for a long time, always make sure to check it before usage. If it has gone bad,  discard it.

How long is ketchup good for when prepared in a dish?

Ketchup can be the longest lasting ingredient in your dish or it can also be the fastest expiring ingredient in your dish.

So it depends on the dish.

How to prepare ketchup?

You can buy ketchup easily from the grocery store or supermarket.

But if you want to make ketchup at home, you can follow the recipe given below;

Required Time:

To make 3 cups of ketchup the required time is;

  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Cooking Time12 hrs
  • Total time:12 hrs 10 mins

Required ingredients:

  • 2 (28 ounces) cans peeled ground tomatoes
  • ½ cup water, divided
  • ⅔ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon celery salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1 whole clove


  • Put tomato paste into the cooker.
  • Add water, sugar, vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, celery salt, mustard powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and whole clove.
  • Whip all the ingredients to mix well.
  • Cook for 10_12 hours while stirring it every hour.
  • Strain the ketchup and then let it cool before tasting salt, black pepper, etc.

What is the nutritional value of ketchup?

The nutrition value according to the USDA for one tablespoon (15g) of tomato ketchup is as follows;

  • Calories: 15
  • Fat: 0.02g
  • Sodium: 136mg
  • Carbohydrates: 4.1g
  • Fiber: 0.05g
  • Sugars: 3.2g
  • Protein: 0.16g

Here are the health benefits and also the adverse effects of using ketchup.


In this brief guide, we answered the question “Can you get sick from eating expired ketchup?”   with an in-depth analysis of signs of bad ketchup. Moreover, we discussed the storage and the homemade recipe of the ketchup.


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