Food Storage - How long can you keep...

COOKIES, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED - OPENED

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1 month
Freezer
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8-12 months

Tips

  • How long does a package of opened cookies last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions -to maximize the shelf life of opened cookies, store in a cool, dry area.
  • How long do opened cookies last at room temperature? Properly stored, a package of opened cookies will generally stay at best quality for about 1 month.
  • To maximize the shelf life of opened cookies, keep package tightly closed.
  • Are opened cookies safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided they are properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged cookies will typically carry a " Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before", or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the opened cookies will remain at peak quality.
  • Pantry storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the opened cookies' texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, they will still be safe to consume if they have been stored properly, the package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
  • Can you freeze packaged cookies? Yes, to freeze: place inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do packaged cookies last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 1 year, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only —cookies that have been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if cookies are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the opened cookies: discard any that have an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the cookies.

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