How Long Do Dry Pasta Shells Last?


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3 years


Shelf Life Tips

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

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