How to Store Vegemite: Does Vegemite Expire and Does It Need to be Refrigerated?

Vegemite is a yeast extract spread that has been enjoyed by Australians for over 80 years. It is well known as an accompaniment to toast or crackers, and it can also be used in many recipes. You may have heard that vegemite does not need refrigeration, but this is incorrect! Does Vegemite Expire and Does It Need to be Refrigerated?

In the article below we will discuss how to store vegemite so you enjoy its delicious flavor without harming the quality of your food.

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Vegemite and butter. Credit: canva

What is Vegemite, and what does it taste like?

Vegemite is a thick, brown spread made from yeast extract. It has been sold in Australia since 1923 and is considered to be an Australian cultural icon. Vegemite tastes salty, smoky, and slightly sweet.” 

“What does it taste like?” you ask? Well, that depends on who you are asking! Vegemite can evoke vastly different reactions depending on where you grew up or what your background may be.

For some people, the smell of this beloved Aussie product reminds them of their childhood memories while others find the strong aroma intolerable!”

Does Vegemite expire?

In the past, Vegemite would expire after three months. Nowadays, they have an indefinite shelf life due to technological advancements in preservation methods. However, it is suggested that you use your Vegemite within six months for optimum flavor and quality.  

Many people think that Vegemite doesn’t expire. However, this is not the case and it will lose its flavor after 6 months of being in the fridge if you don’t use it. As long as you keep it sealed tightly, I believe that your Vegemite should last for a year or two before expiration.

Does Vegemite need to be refrigerated?

Vegemite is a type of Australian beer and yeast extract, which is typically used as a condiment. This article will discuss if Vegemite should be refrigerated or not. 

There are many different opinions on whether Vegemite needs to be refrigerated, but it really depends on how the person uses it.

If you use Vegemite as an ingredient in recipes that do not require cooking then the best place for it would be in your pantry where temperatures are usually more stable than they are in your refrigerator. On the other hand, if you plan to eat Vegemite by itself then I would recommend putting it into your fridge because cold environments make for better-tasting food!

How to store Vegemite?

Aussies love Vegemite, and for good reason. It is a rich source of B vitamins, folic acid, and iron. However many people are not sure how to store it properly in their fridge so that it lasts longer than the expiration date!

Here are some tips on how to do just that: 

  1. Store your jar upside down at room temperature (since we want the yeast to stay alive). 
  2. Put a thin layer of oil around the top edge of the lid or on an airtight sealer before screwing it back onto the jar. This will help keep bacteria from forming as well as keep out any other food particles that might have fallen into your jar during storage.
  3. Keep away from direct sunlight.

Ways to use up leftover Vegemite that has expired or gone bad?

Vegemite is a popular Australian spread that has been around since 1922. It’s not the most versatile condiment, but there are some ways to use up leftover Vegemite that has expired or gone bad. 

  1. Make a pizza with it: Spread leftovers on top of pizza dough and bake in an oven for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Add it to baked goods: 1/2 cup of water combined with 1/4 cup of sugar can be added to the mix as well if desired.
  3. Use it as a sandwich filling: Spread Vegemite between two slices of bread and add any other sandwich toppings you like!