For well over a century, the adventurous flavor of TABASCO Hot Sauce has fired up generations of thrill seekers. Try it on eggs, salads, soups, chicken, burgers, pizza and any other favorite food for a burst of flavor that's sure to tantalize your taste buds. Hot sauce is also great for adding a little flavor to your least favorite MRE, some wild edible's or maybe some wild game that might not be your favorite. It's a great addition to your camping gear or emergency survival kit also.
Where should TABASCO® Sauce be stored?
TABASCO® Sauce should be stored in a cool place away from direct light, such as a cupboard, pantry or cabinet. It doesn’t have to be refrigerated after opening. Once a bottle of sauce is opened, the color may change, but the product won’t spoil. Refrigeration almost always helps to slow this process but isn’t required.
Why does a bottle of TABASCO® Original Red Sauce darken over time?
The red pigments in tabasco peppers are light sensitive and will darken over time. Because there are no color additives in our Original Red Sauce, excessive contact with artificial light or sunlight may cause the sauce to darken. Extreme cold or hot temperatures may also cause the sauce to darken. But don’t worry; this does not mean the sauce has gone bad. It has a shelf life of 5 years.
What is the shelf life of each TABASCO® Pepper Sauce flavor?
Our Original Red Sauce has a shelf life of 5 years when unopened and stored in a cool place, but due to the potential for color change based on light and temperature exposure, we say that it is “best by” the third year.
Our Buffalo Style Hot Sauce, Garlic Pepper Sauce and Habanero Sauce have a shelf life of 2 years.
Our Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce, Chipotle Sauce and SWEET & Spicy Sauce have a shelf life of 18 months.
Any TABASCO® brand product will be good throughout its respective shelf life, even after the bottle has been opened. Once a bottle of sauce is opened, the color may change, but the product won’t spoil. Refrigeration almost always helps to slow this process but isn’t required.
How do I read the date code on a bottle?
We use a six digit coding system for all of our products. The code date information is located on the carton and the shoulder of the bottle. The following is an example of how to read the date code. This particular example references a product that was produced on May 12, 2011.
05 – Production Month
12 – Production Day
11 – Production Year
In addition to the date code, there is also an expiration date printed on the bottle and/or label.