Shelf Life Tips
- How long does a package of flavored rice mix last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of flavored rice mix store in a cool, dry area.
How long does flavored rice mix last at room temperature? Properly stored, a package of flavored rice mix will generally stay at best quality for about 18-24 months at room temperature.
To maximize the shelf life of flavored rice mix, keep the package tightly closed at all times.
Is flavored rice mix safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged flavored rice mix 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 flavored rice mix will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the flavored rice mix'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 flavored rice mix is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the flavored rice mix: if the flavored rice mix develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
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