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Food Storage - How long can you keep...

CHILI POWDER, DRIED, COMMERCIALLY BOTTLED OR PURCHASED IN BULK - UNOPENED OR OPENED

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3-4 years

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  • How long does chili powder last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of chili powder store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
  • How long does chili powder last at room temperature? Properly stored, chili powder will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 4 years.
  • To maximize the shelf life of chili powder purchased in bulk, and to better retain flavor and potency, store in containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Is chili powder safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged chili powder 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 chili powder will remain at peak quality.
  • Does chili powder ever spoil? No, commercially packaged chili powder does not spoil, but it will start to lose potency over time and not flavor food as intended - the storage time shown is for best quality only.
  • How can you tell if chili powder is still good? To test whether chili powder is still potent enough to be effective: Rub or crush a small amount in your hand, then taste and smell it - if the aroma is weak and the flavor is not obvious, the chili powder should be replaced.

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