Shelf Life Tips
- How long does a package of granola bars last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions -to maximize the shelf life of granola bars, store in a cool, dry area.
Properly stored, a package of granola bars will generally stay at best quality for about 6 to 8 months.
After opening package of granola bars, leave individually wrapped bars sealed.
Are granola bars safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided they have been properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged granola bars 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 granola bars will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the granola bars' 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).
How can you tell if granola bars are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the granola bars: if granola bars develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, the package should be discarded.
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