- How long does rye last? The answer is a matter of quality, not safety, assuming proper storage conditions - when properly stored, a bottle of rye has an indefinite shelf life, even after it has been opened.
To maximize the shelf life of rye for quality purposes, store in a cool dry area away from direct heat or sunlight; keep tightly closed when not in use.
Once a bottle of rye is opened, the contents may begin to evaporate slowly and some flavor may be lost over time, but the rye will remain safe to consume if it has been stored properly.
How to tell if rye has gone bad? The shelf life of rye is indefinite, but if rye develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded for quality purposes.
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