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How Long Is Spinach Dip Good For In The Fridge

How Long Is Spinach Dip Good For In The Fridge? (2022)

Last Updated on September 14, 2022 by Shari Mason

Spinach dip goes well with various snacks like tortilla chips, potato chips, pita bread, french fries, and more. Whether store-bought or homemade spinach dip, you would surely want to stock up so you can have it whenever you crave it. 

But how long is spinach dip good for in the fridge? It depends on some factors. And that’s what we’re going to find out through this article.

How Long Will Spinach Dip Last in the Fridge?

Spinach Dip

If you’re referring to store-bought spinach dip, it will likely last 3 to 4 days.

Whether you store it in a sealed container or covered in foil or plastic wrap, it will last in your fridge for 3 to 4 days.

If you make your own spinach dip, it will last in the fridge for 1 to 2 days. 

However, a few factors can influence how long it lasts.

For example, if the dip contains dairy products such as sour cream or cheese, it will spoil faster than one that does not contain dairy.

Furthermore, dips made with fresh ingredients such as spinach and herbs will spoil faster than those made with processed ingredients.

As a general rule, consume dip as soon as possible. If you need to keep it for a day or two, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge at a temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

How Long Will It Stay Good? 

Homemade Spinach Dip

Homemade spinach can stay good in the fridge for 1 to 2 days. This is because homemade spinach dip contains no preservatives [1] and will spoil faster than a store-bought dip.

Store Bought Spinach Dip

Opened

Opened store-brought spinach dip can last for one week. Know that foods can have limited shelf life once they’ve been opened. And this is especially true for high-fat foods like spinach dip, as it’s prone to bacteria growth. 

The most reasonable way to prevent this is to throw out the spinach dip after a week, even if the expiration date on the package says it’s still good. 

Unopened

The shelf life of store-bought spinach dip is determined by the expiration date on the package. If you buy the dip fresh and store it properly in the fridge, it should last at least as long as the expiration date.

However, if it is not properly stored, it may not last as long.

Store it in an airtight receptacle before putting it inside your fridge. It can last for one to weeks.

But, we suggest consuming it within one week as it may start to go bad once you open it. 

Can You Freeze Spinach Dip in the Fridge? 

cheesy spinach dip

You can freeze spinach dip in the fridge. But with the caveat that you should assess the following:

  • To begin with, the dip’s flavor may be diminished after being frozen, making it less desirable than when it was first prepared. 
  • Second, the dip may become a little more icy or hard if it is frozen. 
  • Last but not least, spinach dip can be frozen and stored for a minimum of three to four months.

However, it is not recommended to freeze spinach in the fridge. 

Why? 

Sour cream and cream cheese are both sensitive to freezing temperatures and will lose their textures once thawed. Any vegetables in your spinach dip recipe lose their crispness during the freezing/defrosting process.

How Long Can You Leave It? 

When left at room temperature, spinach dip will still be delicious for two hours. After that time, it will begin to go bad and be unsafe to eat. Spinach dip should be served cold, so keep it in the fridge until just before using it. 

If refrigerated, you can leave it for 3 to 5 days without any problems (as mentioned above). However, it can still vary depending on the condition of your spinach dip: store-bought or homemade and opened or unopened.  

How To Tell If Spinach Dip Has Gone Bad

Appearance

Check the appearance of the spinach dip. You can tell if it has gone bad if you notice molds and grains on the dip.

Also, you shouldn’t consume it if the dip starts to turn green. Throw it right away unless you want the bacteria from it to spread across inside your refrigerator. 

Off Odor

Another way to tell if the dip is spoiled is by smelling it. If it has an off smell, that’s not edible.  

FAQs

How to maintain the freshness of spinach dip in the fridge?

To maintain the spinach dip’s freshness, ensure it is stored in a sealed container before storing it in your fridge. If you opt for freezing the dip, put it in an airtight and freezer-safe container to keep it fresh. 

Is spinach dip good after a week?

Spinach dip can still be good after a week if you store it properly in cold storage. If not properly stored, it will spoil faster.

Store-brought spinach dip can be good for a week, but it’s a bit unlikely for homemade dips as they don’t have preservatives. Check for indications of spoilage [2] before consuming it. 

Let’s Sum It Up 

How long spinach dip is good in the fridge depends on a few factors: how it’s made, storage technique, and if it’s opened or not.

Generally, spinach dip is good for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. Within that period, the dip is fresh and undoubtedly safe to eat. 

While you can freeze spinach dip, we don’t recommend doing so. But if you want to store it for as long as possible, you can freeze it. Just make sure it is stored in a sealed container.  

If left at room temperature, it can be good for no more than two hours. After that time frame, it will start to go bad, leaving you no choice but to discard it.

The key to making spinach dip last longer is properly cover and seal it before storing it in your refrigerator.

References:

  1. https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/preservatives-keeping-our-foods-safe-fresh 
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/food-spoilage 
Shari Mason

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