It can be a real bummer to use the last bit of your SodaStream syrup for one previous fizzy drink only to discover that it expired yesterday.
Drat! Now you’re stuck wondering if the expiration date matters or if it’ll upset your stomach if you go ahead and make one last soda or great-tasting water with the dregs of your favorite syrup.
So can you use expired SodaStream syrup? You very much can, but there are a few tricks to learning for how long and how best to go about it.
For starters, the syrup’s expiration date is more of a general guideline than a hard-and-fast rule. It depends on how you store the syrup and how often you consume it.
Furthermore, your syrup’s lifespan for carbonated drinks or soft drinks can be pushed out so that its expiration date is so far in advance that you don’t ever cross it.
The secret is in a combination of good storage techniques and chilling the bottle once it crosses over the expiration date line.
Overall, feel free to use your expired syrup responsibly.
It’s a great way to save money on syrup if you don’t use it as fast as SodaStream expects.
Just check each plastic bottle with your nose before using it to see if it has expired, as this can let you know if the stuff inside has gone wrong.
If it smells off, then be sensible and throw it in the trash!
How Long Does Soda Syrup Last?
SodaStream bottle syrups are made with a combination of sucrose, a Common Additive, rather than high fructose corn syrup. Because of this, it’s a little less harmful to the body than many of your usual kinds of soda.
However, this affects its overall shelf life, as high fructose corn syrup is often used in part due to its long shelf life.
These water additive syrups have a typical shelf life of around 3-4 months, based on the time you receive them, like other Food Products.
They come in small glass bottles and are sealed when they arrive. This amount is based on how typical drinkers consume them in a similar period.
The shelf life can be extended to a 1-year warranty if you store the syrups correctly and in the right places.
For instance, storing the syrups in cold and dry places will extend their lifespan and allow them to be consumed over extended periods.
The cool temperature will make it less likely that bacteria will infest the liquid or that the various ingredients inside will ferment or change drastically.
This will also preserve the flavor of the syrup as close to the original formula as possible.
In addition, stopping yourself from opening the bottle will extend the shelf life.
Keeping it cold helps the syrup maintain its natural flavor and makes it harder for bacteria or other particulates to get inside and contaminate or change the syrup.
This isn’t the same as drinking syrup after it expires.
The syrups in the bottles taste the best when you consume them shortly after you receive them from the SodaStream shipping center or when you pick them up at the store (or your favorite online retailer, for that matter).
But the good news is that Soda Stream syrup of sparkling water maker can still be consumed after a specific expiration.
Can You Use SodaStream Syrup Beyond the Expiration Date?
Yes, you can.
SodaStream themselves have cleared their flavored syrups for consumption for several months after the syrup has technically expired.
This can even add up to many more months past the best-by date if the syrup was stored correctly or not opened beforehand.
In this way, it can seem that the syrup expiration date isn’t significant, but it’s still a suitable date to pay attention to.
You should pay close attention to how the beverage tastes when you drink soda flavored with expired syrup.
At this point, your tongue is the only objective metric for determining whether or not a syrup is suitable for mixing!
The first part of testing starts with the smell. ask yourself this
- Does the syrup still smell alright?
- Is it properly sweet and like whatever fresh fruit flavor it is supposed to be emulating?
- Or does it give off a musty or “old” scent in addition to the fruity notes?
If this is the case, it might be a good idea to get rid of that bottle and go for something that is no longer expired.
Overall, you can likely safely use your flavored syrups for up to six months past the expiration date, provided that you also stored it correctly.
However, anything past this point is starting to become risky.
In any case, you should always consider buying new syrup bottles soon after your current ones expire.
You can get them relatively cheap if you look online.
This can be a balance of cost vs. quality that only you can decide.
Do you want to craft your lower-quality soda using dated syrups or pick up a fresh batch of flavors?
What Does the Expiration Date Mean?
Contrary to what it might seem, the expiration date does mean something to you, the consumer.
SodaStream syrup bottles are made with a complex blend of sugars and a List Of ingredients thoroughly mixed.
If these elements are exposed to the air, they might eventually be exposed to bacteria, which will find the sugars contained within to be excellent fuel sources.
It takes a long time, but if left unchecked, the bacteria will consume the syrup and make it unable to be destroyed or even appropriately mixed with carbonated water.
But this process is slow and, in most cases, is outstripped by how quickly people consume soda syrup.
Does SodaStream Syrup Go Bad? (Bubly Drops..)
Yes, the SodaStream syrup goes bad after the expiration date due to bacteria.
The consistency will get bad and taste bitter without being blended in the water.
The odds of you drinking all your syrup before you even have to begin worrying about this is why SodaStream is so unconcerned with the actual expiration date.
The expiration date is a manufacturer estimate that calculates the likely probability of the syrup going bad before you drink it all.
Since this is a catchall estimate, it doesn’t consider storage options, your drinking speed, or where you store the syrup.
This is why there’s so much variation between soda maker users.
The expiration date is also partly calculated to have you purchase more syrup bottles, even if you still have a little left over from the last batch.
Well-meaning soda drinkers will often get rid of their old bottles if the syrup has gone even a few weeks over the expiration date.
The truth is that that syrup was probably excellent for drinking, and only the fear of possible contamination made them throw it out.
You can likely save money long-term by pushing your syrup use out as far as possible.
The reason that syrup has such a long shelf life than many other flavored products has to do with its consistency and its standard method of storage.
Maple syrup, for instance, can be stored for years and safely consumed after opening, but SodaStream syrups are not quite as hardy and durable as maple syrup.
(check out my Sodastream Models and SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker ultimate guide here).
How Should I Store SodaStream Syrup?
SodaStream syrup should be stored in a few different ways depending on your objectives.
Unopened, unused bottles can be stored in cool, dry places.
This will extend the lifespan of the syrup after removing the Shipping Labels and prevent the bottle from flexing as the temperature rises.
The storage area must be dry, too, to prevent mold from forming outside the bottle or from water leaking inside.
If you open the syrup bottle, you should try to store it in a cold area where it can be chilled. There are two advantages to this method.
For one, your syrup will last longer if it’s chilled. If bacteria get inside, they won’t develop due to the lower temperature.
Bacteria require a minimum temperature threshold to get anything done or reproduce.
Secondly, the chilled syrup will gel better with chilled carbonated water, not hot water.
When you mix the syrup with your sparkling water, the syrup won’t raise the beverage’s temperature.
This, in turn, allows the soda bottle to retain even more CO2 than otherwise.
You can keep more carbon dioxide in the same amount of cold water than in warm.
Therefore, chilled syrup leads to a freezing bottle of soda, which means that the bottle will have a sharper fizz to its taste and texture.
Expired soda should be stored in the fridge, even if it hasn’t been opened.
Not only does this push the actual expiration date out even further, but it further lowers the risk of it going “bad” due to contamination.
Overall, cool and dry places are the best, with the fridge being the best.
You can store unopened bottles of soda syrup in the fridge as well if you have the space, but this isn’t needed until the bottle has passed the manufacturer’s expiration date.
If the bottle somehow suffers damage or can no longer seal properly, you can always transfer it to a new Dishwasher Safe container and stick it in the fridge.
However, this counts as “opened” syrup, so you should never leave it unrefrigerated if you transfer it to a new container.
It’s also a good idea to stick a piece of tape with the expiration date on this new container so that you don’t forget the SodaStream syrup expiration date.