How Long Does Homemade Salsa Last? Know It Immediately

Enjoying different types of salsa at the restaurant is not always of your favorite, so you want to make your salsa by yourself with fresh ingredients from your garden. But you wonder “how long does homemade salsa last?” or "How how long does salsa last?" 

When I have completed my big favorite salsa batch that I made for my beloved ones, I was afraid of rotten salsa for the following days. And it was true; I had to throw out a half of salsa many times because it got mold easily after a while. However, thanks to some below shares, I can know the shelf life of a homemade salsa and also some tips to preserve it, and I just want to share with you now.


How Long Does Homemade Salsa Last?

how long is fresh salsa good for

In general, homemade salsa will last for one week and not more than that. However, it also depends on used ingredients such as tomatoes, eggs. Ingredients in a sauce that you buy from grocery also contribute to the shelf life of salsa.

egg is one of ingredient for homemade salsa
tomatoes in salsa

For example, if you buy a sauce whose expiry date is nearing, it may lower the shelf life of homemade salsa. Also, if you choose fresh scarlet tomatoes instead of soft crimson tomatoes, the salsa may last longer.

If you don’t know how to make salsa, watch this video:​

How To Tell If The Salsa Is Going Bad?

does homemade salsa go bad

Have you have ever ask yourself "does salsa go bad if not refrigerated"? and how to you know it is going bad. Knowing the shelf life of salsa is very important because salsa’s quality directly influences on your health.

  • First, if salsa begins to look a darker maroon color instead of bright red and also appears a thicker texture over time, it is time to discard it.
  • Second, if you feel a foul smell compared to its original state, it needs to be removed.
  • Last, if mold begins to appear at the surface of salsa, you need to throw away the entire salsa.

You should enjoy homemade salsa before the expiry date. In particular, in case the expiry date is exceeded, but you still feel the salsa taste good, just don’t eat it because many potential health risks may attach to it.

Some Tips To Keep Homemade Salsa Fresh

You already know how long your homemade salsa last, now you need to know some tips to keep it fresh. Here are two simple ways for you:

  • You can preserve the salsa in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
fresh salsa shelf life
  • You can freeze it in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. Freezing process needs to be kept constantly frozen at 0° F for the best quality.

The original flavor of salsa will last for 1 to 2 days. But regarding food safety, the salsa lasts much longer. You also can prepare the lacto-fermented salsa to lengthen the shelf life of salsa in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. A very simple way to do this, you just need to add to salsa a bit of whey or strain yogurt through the cheesecloth. After that, you just need to put the final product at the room temperature.

whey and yogurt help to keep

But you need to remember that, the salsa will be fresh unless all ingredients in it are fresh. So, you should not enjoy the salsa after one week in the refrigerator and no longer worried about how long is salsa good for.

You also should divide salsa into different parts; then you can pick it up anytime without affecting other parts. You can enjoy your homemade salsa in main meals or enjoy it with tortillas and so on. Carefully pay attention on Tortillas, you need to know how long does it last before saving the leftover

Some Cautions When Making Salsa

If you want to know exactly how long does homemade salsa last, first of all, you need to process carefully.

  • Wear plastic or rubber gloves and do not touch your face while handling or cutting hot peppers.
  • In case you do not wear gloves, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before making salsa.
using gloves before making salsa
copper cookware is good to cook homemade salsa with tomatoes
  • Using a serrated knife to slice fresh tomatoes is the best idea because it doesn’t cause a mushy mess in tomatoes’ slices.
serrated knife

How To Can Tomato Salsa?​

canned tomato sauce shelf life
  • Sterilize jars and lids in a water bath: Place new or clean jars on the rack and put it in the bottom of a large stock pot or canning pot. Then, fill water into the large pot to come to the top of the jars. Simmer for 10 minutes. Sterilize lids by a boiled water kettle before canning for some minutes.
  • Roast chile peppers or chili: Roast chile peppers or chili by a gas flame on the stovetop until blackened all sides. Then, let the chiles steam in a covered bag or bowl for some minutes. Discard all stems, seeds or any prominent veins. Chop chiles and use no more than ½ cup of chopped chiles. How about the leftover of chopped chili? Don't worry about it I will show you 3 easy and safe ways to freeze chili in here: How To Freeze Chili.
can salsa go bad
  • Prepare the tomatoes: Peel the tomatoes and grill them on high direct heat until blackened. Chop the tomatoes and save any juices that may come out of them. Place them in a bowl.
  • Simmer all ingredients in a large pot: Boil then simmer all ingredients in a large stainless steel pot and keep cooking uncovered for 10 minutes.
uncover tomatoes before making homemade salsa
  • Blend salsa: Use an immersion blender or juicer to pulse salsa for several times to make it smoother.
  • Adjust seasonings: Add more sugar if salsa is too much acidic and add more vinegar if it is too sweet. Besides, you can add cumin to create a distinctive flavor for your dish. If you do not really love Cumin's taste, Doesn't Matter! Let you select one of 7 alternatives for it here: All You Need To Know About Cumin Substitute
  • Ladle salsa into canning jars and seal: Leave ½ inch head space in canning jars. Clean the rims carefully by paper towel. Screw on the lid rings but don’t over-tighten it.
  • Boil in a water bath: Put the jars in the large stock-pot of hot water with 1-2 inches head space then boil it for 20-25 minutes.
  • Let jars cool: Put jars on the counter for several hours until it turns cool. Jars and lid need to be sealed. Don’t forget to label the date because sealed jars may last for one year and opened jars may last for two months.

No matter your salsa recipes are, now you can make the homemade salsa by yourself and keep it in the refrigerator for one week to enjoy it anytime. You are no longer worried about inviting some guests to enjoy your salsa when they come your home unexpectedly. Now, you know “how long does homemade salsa last?”. If you have any confusion or other ideas, let others know by commenting on the box below.

Update date: 15-October-2018

Kevin Richard

Hi all! I’m Kevin. I spend plenty of time in the kitchen every day because I love cooking healthy and delicious foods for my family and friends. Cooking gives me a chance to be creative and fun. It’s also one of the most meaningful ways to express my love and take care of my little family.

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Jeannie copeland - last year

How long is salsa/hot sauce stored in mason jars?

    Kevin Richard - last year

    Hi Jennie,

    You can stor it in the moon jar for 1 and half of week in fridge and 2 days original way.

Linda - last year

I know how to make salsa I want to make creamy jalapeño hot sauce and can it. Any more then one jar at a time. How long can it be stored in the cabinet? Not in the drug.

    Kevin Richard - last year

    Hi Linda,
    Creamy jalapeño hot sauce is popular and so many ways to store it. Could you tell me the current way which happy with your home now?

Rudy - 11 months ago

If I sterlize my jars and boil my salsa in the jars, how long will it last in the pantry?

    Kevin Richard - 11 months ago

    Hello Rudy,
    It is about 3 months 🙂

Ron - 9 months ago

Hey Kevin, my wife has a recipe for some awesome salsa she used to compete with. She made some and got about 14 jars and put them in boiling water to seal for about 30 mins. After they cooled I placed them in the fridge. How long will they last? I added about 1/2 tsp of all in one pickling vinegar base. How long should the salsa last?

Doug Johnson - last month

when i make a batch of salsa about half of the jars get moldy after about 3-4 days. what am i doing wrong

    Kevin Richard - last month

    Hi Doug,

    Could you tell me in detail step by step that you make it?



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