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FLOUR, WHOLE WHEAT - UNOPENED OR OPENED PACKAGE

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1-3 months
Refrigerator
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6-8 months
Freezer
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1 year

Tips

  • How long does a package of whole wheat flour last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of whole wheat flour store in a cool, dry area.
  • How long does whole wheat flour last at room temperature? Properly stored, a package of whole wheat flour will generally stay at best quality for about 1 to 3 months at room temperature.
  • To maximize the shelf life of whole wheat flour once the package is opened, transfer flour to a covered airtight container or place original flour bag in a resealable plastic freezer bag.
  • Is whole wheat flour safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged whole wheat flour 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 whole wheat flour will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the whole wheat flour's texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly, the package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
  • Can you keep whole wheat flour in the fridge or freezer? Yes, to further extend the shelf life of whole wheat flour, refrigerate or freeze it; place the whole wheat flour inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long does whole wheat flour last in the fridge? Whole wheat flour will maintain best quality for about 6 to 8 months in the refrigerator.
  • How long does whole wheat flour last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 1 year, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — whole wheat flour that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How can you tell if whole wheat flour is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the whole wheat flour: if the whole wheat flour develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if insects appear, it should be discarded.

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