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

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

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