In a previous post, we talked about the history of furikake, a popular dry Japanese condiment. But can furikake go bad? Keep reading to discover the answer.
What Is Furikake?
Simply put, furikake is dry seasoning that the Japanese love to sprinkle over foods like rice, fish, or vegetables.
While the ingredients of furikake may vary according to the region, some of the most common components are nori (a type of seaweed), shiso herb, sake, dried wasabi, sesame seeds, bonito flakes, and cane sugar.
Not only does furikake add a nutty, briny flavor to any dish, but it also creates a more appealing texture thanks to its crunchy quality.
If you are interested in learning more about the history of furikake, you can’t miss our previous post about this delicious condiment.
Can Furikake Go Bad?
With all that being said, it’s time to answer our question: Can furikake go bad?
The answer is that, even though it contains many dried ingredients, furikake does go bad.
For store-bought furikake, the expiration date should be on the label. However, keep in mind that this date applies only until you open the package.
An unopened pack/bottle of furikake can sit for several months in your pantry. Once opened, you can keep the furikake in the fridge for up to a month.
Again, the shelf life may vary from product to product, so refer to the label on the package for more accurate information.
But what about homemade furikake?
First off, If you make your own furikake, props to you. We admire your dedication.
You should keep homemade furikake in the fridge and consume it within two or three days of preparation.
Alternatively, you can freeze homemade furikake and keep it in the freezer for up to three weeks.
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