How Long Can Coffee Creamer Sit Out?

In general, many types of creamers come in liquid creamer, powder creamer, whipped creamer, and dairy or non-dairy creamers.

Just a little bit amount of creamer in your coffee sounds good to start a day. One spoonful of any creamer you use helps to reduce the bitterness in your coffee.

You bought a new creamer, but now you wonder how long will the creamer sit out? Can you do anything to make it last longer?

Before responding to the question, you should ask yourself, do I really need a creamer in my coffee? if creamer is an ingredient you can’t get out of your coffee, then let’s find out more.

How Long Can Coffee Creamer Sit Out?

The longevity of creamers depends on what type of creamer you use. The liquid coffee creamers don’t matter if it is dairy or non-dairy, they can sit out between 2-4 hours max. If the coffee creamer is dairy-based, you better store it in the fridge.

On the other hand, if the coffee creamer is non-dairy, it will probably last a little bit longer than dairy.

The powdered coffee creamers are another case. The powdered form of coffee creamers can sit out between 18 and 24 months at room temperatures.

The U.S Department of Agriculture stated that after a long time, the liquid coffee creamer moves into a dangerous zone. Your coffee creamer in the danger zone happens at a temperature between 40°F and 140°F. It creates damaging bacteria and gathers moisture.

What Exactly Is a Coffee Creamer?

Coffee creamer is a delicious beverage that gives a bitter coffee your desired taste and flavor. Coffee creamers can come in liquid and powdered forms.

Coffee creamers are not always used in coffee, they can also be used by mixing with tea, hot chocolate, or cake.

Some coffee creamers are thick in texture, some can be sugar-free, dairy or non-dairy, and even spicy.

What Types of Coffee Creamers Do We Have?

There are 5 types of coffee creamers:

  • The Powdered Coffee Creamers.
  • Half & Half Coffee Creamers.
  • Dairy-Based Creamers.
  • Non-Dairy Based Creamers.
  • Liquid Coffee Creamers.

How To Store Coffee Creamers Based on the Type and How Long They Sit Out?

Powdered Coffee Creamers

Powdered types of creamers can be stored anywhere at room temperature. However, keep it airtight to protect the creamer from getting slightly wet and gathering moisture.

It would be better to store the powdered creamer in the cupboard, or a container if the package is unopened. It should be somewhere in the kitchen that doesn’t catch the sunlight. Powdered creamers will last for 18-to 24 months in the cupboard or shelf life.

If the creamer got wet, do not use the powdered creamer anymore, my friends, it is time to replace it with the new package.

Half & Half Coffee Creamers

Half & Half coffee creamers taste just like milk, the high amount of sugar and full flavor is going to give a super sweet taste in your mouth. If you store it on the shelf, or cupboard at room temperature, it can sit out for 6 months.

The half and half coffee creamer, also known as a single-serve creamer doesn’t need to be stored in the fridge. Just a cabinet or a bookshelf is ok. It is way more practical than other coffee creamers.

Dairy-Based Coffee Creamers

Unfortunately, dairy-based coffee creams do not last that long. It will last just a few hours if you store it in the fridge. Coffee creamers’ life goes down even more at room temperature (90°F).

Some dairy-based creamer can sit out very well at room temperature. This happens because some creamers have gone through UHT (Ultra High Temperature Pasteurization) and are durable to roomy temperature levels. However, be mindful that only sealed products can last longer at room temperature.

If the package is unopened you can store them in the cupboard, or shelf for about 6 to 9 months.

Non-dairy Based Coffee Creamers

Non-diary-based coffee creamer does not require to be kept in the fridge, but some products need refrigeration. Also, some of the coffee creamers can be stored at roomy temperatures.

Whether to put the non-dairy coffee creamer in the fridge, or to store it in the kitchen, highly depends on the brand you buy, and what’s written in the package. Make sure to read the instructions carefully, everything you need to know is inside.

Liquid Coffee Creamers

Liquid coffee creamers can sit just for 2 hours, sometimes 3 at room temperature. If you place it near the oven or stove where is boiling hot, it may not even last that long. As you can guess, it needs to be put in the fridge.

Have you noticed some coffee shops and restaurants keep liquid creamers on the table? That is why you always check what’s written in the package.

How To Tell If Your Coffee Creamer Has Gone Bad?

If you notice some changes in the texture and you can taste sourer in flavor than previously. This means the coffee creamer has gone bad, you cannot keep drinking anymore.

Another cause can be noticed based on how you feel. If none of the above mentioned facts, the texture of your coffee creamer didn’t change and the sour taste wasn’t visible, then see if you feel nauseous, have a slight fever, diarrhea, and check if some time to time you experience stomach cramping.

Ingredients in the Coffee Creamers according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?

The ingredients in the coffee creamers are; Water, Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean, Cottonseed Oil, a milk derivate called Sodium Caseinate, Phosphate and so many more.

USDA research service has counted the calorie number and all the ingredients inside the data. They said that brands should be responsible for the detailed description of the creamers. They explained gourmet coffee creamer, specifically caramel macchiato.

USDA calculates 100g or 100ml serving value. The values are calculated from %DV use for an average adult.

1 tbsp or 15 ml has 35 kcal. The other ingredients are 2% DV in 1.5 total lipids (fat), and 6g of carbohydrates. (Source)

Further Reading

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