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May 21, 2014 04:20 PM

Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce - 1 Year Past Expiration

I went to a local Asian market today and bought a Banh Mi sandwich and a small plastic jar of Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce. I brought my goods back to my office and put a bit of the chili sauce on my banh mi; it was fantastic.

Now I am sitting here inspecting the bottle and notice that it says BEST BEFORE MARCH 2013. I have no intention of throwing this bottle away but what would you do?

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    1. The salt, vinegar, potassium sorbate and sodium bisulfate levels are probably high enough to keep the ingredients safe to eat way past the “best by” date. The only degradation is possibly in the level of heat, and then probably very slight at that. If it tastes like normal, fresh stuff, I’d eat it without a problem.

      1. Only a year? I would certainly use it, unless it had been opened and was moldy.

        1. It's BEST by, not use by.

          Assuming it was sealed, and looks and tastes OK, I'd use it.

          1. Ignore the pull date and use it 'til it's gone.