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OATS, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK (INCLUDING STEEL-CUT, ROLLED, INSTANT TYPES) — COOKED

Refrigerator
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4-6 days
Freezer
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6 months (best quality)

Tips

  • How long do cooked rolled oats last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - refrigerate rolled oats within two hours of cooking.
  • To maximize the shelf life of cooked rolled oats, refrigerate in covered airtight containers or resealable plastic bags.
  • Properly stored, cooked rolled oats will last for 4 to 6 days in the refrigerator.
  • How long can cooked rolled oats be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; rolled oats should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To further extend the shelf life of cooked rolled oats, freeze them; freeze cooked rolled oats in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do cooked rolled oats last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for 6 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - cooked rolled oats that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if cooked rolled oats are bad? The best way is to smell and look at the rolled oats; discard any rolled oats with an off smell or appearance, do not taste the cooked rolled oats first.

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