Shelf Life Tips
- How long do rolled oats last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions -to maximize the shelf life of rolled oats store in a cool, dry area.
How long do rolled oats last at room temperature? Properly stored, a package of rolled oats will generally stay at best quality for about 18 to 24 months at room temperature.
To maximize the shelf life of rolled oats once the package is opened, transfer to a covered airtight container or place original rolled oats package in a resealable plastic freezer bag.
Are rolled oats safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided they are properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged rolled oats 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 rolled oats will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the rolled oats' 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 rolled oats are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the rolled oats: if rolled oats develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if insects appear, they should be discarded.
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