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RYE BREAD, PACKAGED, PRE-SLICED - UNOPENED OR OPENED BAG

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5-7 days
Freezer
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3 months

Tips

  • How long does packaged rye bread last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep packaged rye bread in a cool, dry area.
  • To maximize the shelf life of packaged rye bread, keep tightly closed in original packaging and store at room temperature.
  • Properly stored, packaged rye bread will last for about 5 to 7 days at normal room temperature.
  • How long does packaged rye bread last in the fridge? Packaged rye bread should ideally not be refrigerated, as the bread will dry out and become stale faster than at room temperature.
  • If you must refrigerate packaged rye bread (eg, due to a lack of pantry storage space or very hot, humid room conditions), the bread will typically last for only about 3 to 4 days before getting stale.
  • Can you freeze packaged rye bread? Yes, to freeze wrap tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place in a heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • Place packaged rye bread in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
  • How long does a loaf of packaged rye bread last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - packaged rye bread that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if packaged rye bread is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the bread: discard any bread that has an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the entire loaf.

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