- How long does an unopened package of pretzels last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions -to maximize the shelf life of pretzels, store in a cool, dry area.
Properly stored, an unopened package of pretzels will generally stay at best quality for about 6 to 9 months.
Are unopened pretzels safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided they are properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged pretzels 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 pretzels will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the pretzels' 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 pretzels are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the pretzels: if pretzels develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.
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