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How Long Is Homemade Eggnog Good For?

Last Updated on October 25, 2022 by Lauren Beck

If you make your own eggnog, how long will it last? And how can you tell if it’s gone bad?

Eggnog is a holiday favorite, but it doesn’t last forever. Here’s how long homemade eggnog will stay good in the fridge and how to tell if it’s gone bad.

How Long Can You Keep Eggnog in the Fridge?

Homemade eggnog will last in the fridge for about 3-5 days. After that, it starts to spoil and can develop bacteria that can make you sick.

How Long Does Eggnog Last in the Freezer?

You can extend the shelf life of eggnog by freezing it. Eggnog will keep in the freezer for 2-3 months. When you’re ready to drink it, thaw the eggnog in the fridge overnight and give it a good stir before serving.

Does Eggnog Go Bad?

Yes, eggnog does go bad.

How To Know Eggnog is Fresh?

Eggnog is fresh when it has a thick, creamy texture and a rich flavor.

How Can You Tell if Eggnog Has Gone Bad? 

Here are some signs that your eggnog has gone bad:

  • The eggnog has a watery consistency.
  • The eggnog has chunks or lumps in it.
  • The eggnog has separation (the liquid and solid parts have separated).
  • The eggnog has an off color (it may be darker or lighter than usual).
  • The eggnog has an off flavor (it may taste sour, rancid, or stale).

If you see any of these signs, it’s best to throw out the eggnog and make a new batch.

How Can You Prevent Eggnog from Spoilage?

glass of eggnog with cinnamon sticks and powder

The best way to prevent eggnog from spoiling is to keep it cold. Eggnog should be stored in the fridge and consumed within a few days. If you won’t be able to finish it all in that time, you can freeze eggnog to extend its shelf life.

Just remember, even if eggnog is stored properly, it will only last for a certain amount of time. So be sure to check for signs of spoilage before drinking it. And if in doubt, throw it out!

What Happens if You Drink Expired Eggnog?

Drinking expired eggnog is not advisable. Eggnog that has gone bad can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you’re unsure whether your eggnog is still good to drink, it’s best to err on the side of caution and throw it out.

How to Store Eggnog?

Eggnog should be stored in the fridge, in a covered container. If you won’t be able to finish it all within a few days, you can freeze eggnog to extend its shelf life. Be sure to label and date the eggnog so you know when it was made and how long it will last.

How To Freeze Eggnog?

Here’s how to freeze eggnog:

  1. Pour the eggnog into a freezer-safe container.
  2. Seal the container tightly and label it with the date.
  3. Eggnog will keep in the freezer for 2-3 months.
  4. When you’re ready to drink it, thaw the eggnog in the fridge overnight and give it a good stir before serving.

Does Eggnog Have Raw Egg in It?

Some recipes for eggnog do call for raw eggs. However, you can also find recipes that use cooked eggs or that don’t contain any eggs at all. If you’re concerned about raw eggs, you can either find a recipe that doesn’t use them or cook the eggnog before drinking it.

What Type Of Alcohol Should You Use?

There are many types of alcohol that can be used in eggnog, including rum, brandy, and whisky. You can use any type of alcohol that you like or leave it out altogether.

No matter what type of eggnog you make, be sure to store it properly and check for signs of spoilage before drinking it.

Can You Make Eggnog Without The Alcohol?

Yes, you can make eggnog without the alcohol. Just leave it out of the recipe or substitute it with something else, like cider or juice.

How to Make Homemade Eggnog?

There are many recipes for homemade eggnog, so you can find one that suits your taste [1].

Here’s a basic recipe for eggnog:

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart of milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 pint of whipping cream
  • 1 cup of rum, brandy, or whisky (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Combine the milk and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. Cook the mixture, stirring frequently, until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool slightly.
  5. Stir in the whipping cream and alcohol, if using.
  6. Refrigerate the eggnog until it’s chilled. Serve and enjoy!

Conclusion

Homemade eggnog is a tasty holiday treat. However, it only lasts for a few days in the fridge and should be frozen if you want to extend its shelf life. Be sure to check for signs of spoilage before drinking it, and if in doubt, throw it out! Thanks for reading!

Reference:

  1. https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/eggnog-recipe2-2013745
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