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LENTILS, DRIED, COMMERCIALLY BAGGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK — UNCOOKED

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2-3 years (best quality)

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  • How long do dried lentils last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of dried lentils store in a cool, dry area.
  • How long do dried lentils last at room temperature? Properly stored, dried lentils will generally stay at best quality for about 2 to 3 years at normal room temperature, although they will usually remain safe to use after that.
  • To maximize the shelf life of dried lentils, keep the package tightly closed at all times.
  • To further maximize the shelf life of dried lentils once the package is opened, transfer dried lentils to a covered airtight container or place the dried lentils package in a resealable plastic freezer bag.
  • Are dried lentils safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged dried lentils 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 dried lentils will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the dried lentils' 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 dried lentils are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the dried lentils: if the dried lentils develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold or insects appear, they should be discarded.

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