Does Liquid Smoke Need To Be Refrigerated? (Quick Answer)

Liquid smoke is a fascinating flavoring agent that adds a smoky twist to food and drinks. Smokers are all the rage lately, but smoking food takes time and not everyone has access to a smoker. Luckily, liquid smoke has been created with this in mind. You may wonder, what is liquid smoke? In this article, we will discuss what the product is and other factors that impact storage. Liquid smoke does not need to be refrigerated. But, why not? It has to do with how it’s made! It is non-perishable. 

We have the answers you need, so you don’t have to scour the internet yourself. This article will take you into the world of liquid smoke. 

What is liquid smoke? How should you store it? Should it be refrigerated? Let’s dive in!

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Does Liquid Smoke Need To Be Refrigerated?

Liquid smoke does not need to be refrigerated because it is non-perishable. This product is safe to store in your cupboard or pantry. We love that it is so easy to store!

Liquid smoke infuses the delicious, smoky flavor without the work. We love liquid smoke and the flavor it lends to both food and drinks. But where should you store it?

There are a few things you should consider to maintain the best quality of your liquid smoke. Liquid smoke is best kept:

  • Tightly sealed
  • Cool
  • Dark

When you finish with the bottle, be sure the lid is closed tightly. This prevents exposure to air, bacteria, fungus and aromas that may be present in your kitchen. Preserve the smoky flavor and avoid contamination by closing the bottle up.

If your bottle doesn’t seal properly, or if the lid cracks over time, you may want to add plastic wrap to the top of the bottle. Putting plastic wrap over the lid before closing will further prevent contamination.

Be aware of different heat and light sources in your kitchen and pantry. Keep your liquid smoke away from these direct sources to preserve the flavor and aroma. Heat sources you may not think about are:

  • Refrigerator exhaust
  • Stove and oven
  • Small cooking appliances
  • Windows
  • Lights
  • Heat vents

Consider these factors when determining where to store your liquid smoke. Often, the product is used sparingly and lasts a long time. If you are storing your liquid smoke for a long time, these considerations are extra important. 

What is Liquid Smoke, and How is it Made?

Sure, you’ve heard of liquid smoke, but you may not know what it is or how it’s made. 

Liquid smoke is a flavoring agent created by capturing the smoke infused water vapor. This vapor is a byproduct of fire. Although it sounds like it is created in a lab, the flavors actually come from real smoke. When I first learned this fact, it surprised me!

When this vapor comes into contact with cold air, it forms condensation. The smoke particles remain when the liquid forms. This dark coloured liquid can be collected and bottled for a portable version of that beloved smoky flavor.

People have been capturing liquid smoke for hundreds of years. You can find liquid smoke in many flavors. The flavors depend on what wood is burned to create the smoke. Your food will be infused with a hint of the unique flavor delivered by the specific wood. 

Some examples of liquid smoke flavors are:

  • Hickory
  • Cherrywood
  • Mesquite
  • Applewood

Some recipes will call for a specific type of liquid smoke. Others may generically state “liquid smoke”. We encourage you to get creative with it and find your favorite varieties!

How Can I Use Liquid Smoke?

One of our favorite uses for liquid smoke is adding it as an extra flavor in a Caesar. This Canadian cocktail combines Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and other condiments. A dash of liquid smoke gives the drink a fun, smoky twist. 

Another cocktail that could benefit from liquid smoke is a Bloody Mary! Similarly to the Caesar, this savory cocktail may be enjoyed with a dash of smoky flavor.

What other uses are there for liquid smoke? It can be a great addition to crockpot and slow cooker meals! Often, slow cookers are used to mimic the low and slow cooking style of a smoker. Liquid smoke helps you to infuse that authentic smoky flavor from the comfort of your own kitchen!

An obvious but incredible way to use liquid smoke – add it to your barbecue style dishes! Of course, this was the initial reason liquid smoke was captured. Not everyone has the space for a barbecue. Without a barbecue, how can you mimic the smoky char of the grill? Liquid smoke could be the answer. 

Add it to ribs, beans, chili, burger sauces and steak marinades. Use liquid smoke to quickly transform any dish into a barbecued delight.

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The Final Scoop

We love liquid smoke. This fun, naturally derived flavoring is the highlight of many dishes, drinks, and sauces. It is collected from real smoke, giving it a truly authentic flavor profile. 

With endless potential uses, liquid smoke can lend a unique twist to any dish you desire. Get creative with liquid smoke. Mimic the deliciousness of barbecue. Infuse your food with the taste of summer. Transport your dinner guests to your patio, even in the middle of winter!

Liquid smoke is so easy to store! Keep it in a cool, dry place (such as a pantry) for best results. Avoid direct heat and light. Protect your liquid smoke from contamination by covering the bottle and ensuring it is tightly closed. 

There is no need to reserve refrigerator space for this creative flavoring agent. Follow the guidelines we outlined in this article to keep your liquid smoke tasting its best!

We love cooking as much as you do, so we would love to hear your ideas! Have you tried liquid smoke? If so, let us know your favorite ways to use this tasty ingredient. We can’t wait to hear from you. 

Learn more: Condiments That Don’t Need To Be Refrigerated! (+ Storage Tips)

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