Food Storage - How long can you keep...

PASTA AND CHEESE SAUCE, DRY MIX, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED — UNOPENED OR OPENED

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2 years (best quality)

Tips

  • How long does a package of pasta and cheese sauce mix last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of pasta and cheese sauce mix store in a cool, dry area.
  • How long does pasta and cheese sauce mix last at room temperature? Properly stored, a package of pasta and cheese sauce mix will generally stay at best quality for about 2 years at room temperature.
  • To maximize the shelf life of pasta and cheese sauce mix, keep the package tightly closed at all times.
  • Is pasta and cheese sauce mix safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged pasta and cheese sauce 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 pasta and cheese sauce mix will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the pasta and cheese sauce 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 pasta and cheese sauce mix is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the pasta and cheese sauce mix: if the pasta and cheese sauce mix develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.

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