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WHOLE WHEAT BREAD, PACKAGED, PRE-SLICED - UNOPENED OR OPENED BAG

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5-7 days
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3 months

Tips

  • How long does packaged whole wheat bread last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep packaged whole wheat bread in a cool, dry area.
  • To maximize the shelf life of packaged whole wheat bread, keep tightly closed in original packaging and store at room temperature.
  • Properly stored, packaged whole wheat bread will last for about 5 to 7 days at normal room temperature.
  • How long does packaged whole wheat bread last in the fridge? Packaged whole wheat bread should ideally not be refrigerated, as the bread will dry out and become stale faster than at room temperature.
  • If you must refrigerate packaged whole wheat bread (eg, due to a lack of pantry storage space or very hot, humid room conditions), the bread will typically last for only about 3 to 4 days before getting stale.
  • Can you freeze packaged whole wheat bread? Yes, to freeze wrap tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place in a heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • Place packaged whole wheat bread in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
  • How long does a loaf of packaged whole wheat bread last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - packaged whole wheat bread that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if packaged whole wheat bread is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the bread: discard any bread that has an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the entire loaf.

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