Shelf Life Tips
- How long does crushed red pepper last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of crushed red pepper store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
How long does crushed red pepper last at room temperature? Properly stored, crushed red pepper will generally stay at best quality for about 2 to 3 years.
To maximize the shelf life of crushed red pepper purchased in bulk, and to better retain flavor and potency, store in containers with tight-fitting lids.
Is crushed red pepper safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged crushed red pepper 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 crushed red pepper will remain at peak quality.
Does dried crushed red pepper ever spoil? No, commercially packaged crushed red pepper 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 crushed red pepper is still good? To test whether crushed red pepper 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 crushed red pepper should be replaced.
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