Find out how long you can expect Panko breadcrumbs to last before they go bad. Tips for how to store so they don't go bad fast.
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Have you ever gotten breadcrumbs for a recipe but ended up with more than you needed? They end up hanging out in your pantry, until you suddenly need them again. But are they still good? How long can you expect them to last to begin with? What if you never even opened then up yet?
We are going to answer all your questions and more in today's blog post.
📅 How Long Do They Last
When you buy them in the store you will typically find a "best by" date on the package. This doesn't mean when the Panko goes bad, it's just a date that the company puts on to say when they are best by. But if unopened they will be fine long after that date.
In most stores you will probably find the best buy date will be around 9-12 months from right now.
👐 After Opening
Once you have opened up a container of Panko, the amount of time you have to use it really depends on you. You need to store it correctly. Keep dry they will last and last. If moisture gets to them they could do stale or worse. You also want to keep any bugs out of them.
Since Panko is fat free you don't have to worry about it going rancid on you.
🏆 Best Way to Store
An airtight container is what you want to store them in. I remove them from the package I bought them in and right into a plastic container with a tight fitting lid. I do this mainly for organization. But also it's helpful to be able to glance into the pantry and see what I am running out of.
I love the Rubbermaid containers that stack nicely and fit in the cabinet perfectly. They have a red lid which is my favorite color. You can put chalk board stickers on them and then write on them with a chalkboard marker.
You can also store them in a Mason jar.
🥶 Storing in the Fridge or Freezer
Yes, you can store them in the fridge or freezer. But it's really not necessary or recommended. Usually space in the fridge and freezer is limited, so last thing you want to do is add something that isn't necessary. Also if you get any condensation inside your container, your breadcrumbs are going to be ruined.
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