How long can you safely keep an open jar of kimchi in the fridge?

  • Posted by: JulieS
  • November 10, 2015


Mik A. August 13, 2020
I had mine in the fridge for about 2 years and it was a crisp as the day I put it in the fridge, it also improved in flavour as it got older.
JulieS November 11, 2015
So interesting! I have Mama O's and Sunja's, both opened for well over a month, but no funky fizz or mold. Tastes just fine. Thanks for the helpful advice everyone!
Stephanie G. November 11, 2015
I thought kimchi lasted forever too. I usually buy Mother-in Law's Kimchi at the grocery store...their website says discard after it's been open one month... I was surprised.
Susan W. November 11, 2015
Actually, they say it continues to be good for up to a month (I'm paraphrasing). That doesn't mean to discard it if you enjoy heavily fermented foods. If it's moldy or fizzy..toss it. If you enjoy the extra fermentation, then enjoy the kim chi. I make my own and usually have had enough fermentation after 60 days. My Korean friend thinks I'm a baby.
Susan W. November 10, 2015
Is it raw or pasteurized? Either way, it lasts a long, long in it's often allowed to ferment 2-3 years even. If there is no mold, it's probably just fine. If it has a sort of fizz, it's probably over-fermented. Have you ever taken a sip of oj that has been around too long? That kind of fizz. If you purchased it, there should be a use by or best by date on it.
ktr November 10, 2015
It's fermented sop you should be able to keep it for several months. The exact number of months I'm not sure about. If it's growing mold or smells or tastes off, then I'd say toss it. I know I've had jars of kimchi in my fridge for a good 6 months and have still eaten it but I'm not sure if that would be kosher to a food safety expert.
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