How Long Does Bulgur Last?


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18-24 months


Shelf Life Tips

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

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