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Food Storage - How long can you keep...

POPPY SEED, DRIED, COMMERCIALLY BOTTLED OR PURCHASED IN BULK — UNOPENED OR OPENED

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3-4 years

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  • How long does poppy seed last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of poppy seed store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
  • How long does poppy seed last at room temperature? Properly stored, poppy seed will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 4 years.
  • To maximize the shelf life of poppy seed purchased in bulk, and to better retain flavor and potency, store in containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Is poppy seed safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged poppy seed 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 poppy seed will remain at peak quality.
  • Does poppy seed ever spoil? No, commercially packaged poppy seed 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 poppy seed is still good? To test whether poppy seed 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 poppy seed should be replaced.

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