How Long Does Quinoa Last?


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18-24 months (best quality)


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long does uncooked quinoa last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of quinoa store in a cool, dry area.
  • How long does quinoa last at room temperature? Properly stored, uncooked quinoa will generally stay at best quality for about 18 to 24 months at normal room temperature.
  • To maximize the shelf life of quinoa, keep the package tightly closed at all times.
  • To further maximize the shelf life of quinoa once the package is opened, transfer quinoa to a covered airtight container or place the quinoa package in a resealable plastic freezer bag.
  • Is quinoa safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged quinoa 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 quinoa will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the quinoa's texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly, the package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
  • How can you tell if quinoa is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the quinoa: if the quinoa develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold or insects appear, it should be discarded.

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