Eating Expired Tartar Sauce: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat expired tartar sauce, you may experience food poisoning symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. This is because it contains mayonnaise, which can harbor bacteria that can make you sick.

Tartar sauce is a condiment typically made from mayonnaise, diced pickles or capers, and various other seasonings.

Its shelf life depends on its ingredients and how it is stored, but typically it is safe to eat for 3-4 weeks after the expiration date.

If you accidentally eat expired tartar sauce, you may experience nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

You may also experience headaches, dizziness, or fatigue. In severe cases, you may experience seizures or coma.

This is because it contains mayonnaise, which is a mixture of egg yolks, vinegar, and oil.

Egg yolks are a breeding ground for bacteria, so it’s important to be careful when handling and eating them.

Once the mayonnaise is mixed, it’s safe to eat for a few weeks.

However, the vinegar and oil start to break down after that, and the sauce can become unsafe.

Mayonnaise can cause food poisoning if it is contaminated with harmful bacteria, such as E. coli or Salmonella.

These bacteria can cause symptoms such as abdominal cramps, fever, and bloody stools.

They can also lead to serious complications, such as dehydration, kidney failure, or death.

It is quite uncommon to eat expired tartar sauce due to its sour smell and taste.

Most people would notice that the sauce has gone bad and discard it.

However, some people may not pay attention to the expiration date or the quality of the sauce and consume it anyway.

You can prevent or treat food poisoning from expired tartar sauce by following these steps:

  • Check the expiration date and the appearance of the sauce before eating it. If it is past the date or looks or smells off, throw it away.
  • Store the sauce in the refrigerator and use it within two weeks of opening it. Keep it in a sealed container and avoid cross-contamination with other foods.
  • If you experience any symptoms of food poisoning, drink plenty of fluids and rest. You may also take over-the-counter medications to relieve nausea or diarrhea. If the symptoms are severe or last more than 24 hours, seek medical attention immediately.
  • To avoid accidental eating of expired tartar sauce, label the jar or bottle with the date of opening and the date of expiration. Keep it in a visible and separate place in the fridge and check it regularly. Do not use it for cooking or as a dip for other foods.

Finally, remember, tartar sauce is a delicious and versatile sauce that can enhance the flavor of many dishes, especially seafood.

However, it can also pose a health risk if it is not stored or consumed properly.

Always check the quality of the sauce and use it within a reasonable time frame.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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