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MACARONI, DRY, UNCOOKED, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED, SOLD UNREFRIGERATED — UNOPENED OR OPENED

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

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