Refrigerator shelf life of a homemade salad dressing?
We are thinking of making homemade salad dressing for Christmas gifts. It will contain the following ingredients which we plan on sourcing as fresh as possible. fresh minced onion, peanut oil, rice vinegar, minced fresh garlic, salt, pepper, soy sauce, ketchup, fresh minced celery, fresh minced ginger, sugar and lemon juice. What would be a safe recommended refrigerator shelf life? We plan to gift them in 6 oz glass jars. We are not planning on canning the dressing. Your help is appreciated, we would prefer not to poison friends and family.
Lincoln County Oregon
I understand not wanting to gift your loved ones a foodborne illness. Thanks for asking our advice. The "shelf life" of homemade salad dressings varies somewhat. Generally, simple vinaigrettes can be kept refrigerated for up to 2 weeks, while dressings such as yours, made with fresh ingredients, like onions and herbs, will keep up to 1 week.Your dressing sounds like it may not last even that long. I suggest you attach a note telling them to enjoy it within a week, since most people will push past use by dates.