How Long Does Barley Last?


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18-24 months (best quality)


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long does uncooked barley last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of barley store in a cool, dry area.
  • How long does barley last at room temperature? Properly stored, uncooked barley will generally stay at best quality for about 18 to 24 months at normal room temperature.
  • To maximize the shelf life of barley, keep the package tightly closed at all times.
  • To further maximize the shelf life of barley once the package is opened, transfer barley to a covered airtight container or place the barley package in a resealable plastic freezer bag.
  • Is barley safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged barley 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 barley will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the barley'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 barley is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the barley: if the barley develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold or insects appear, it should be discarded.

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