If you have pulled an old packet out of the pantry that is past its best before date, you may be wondering, does oatmeal go bad and how long does it last? As a general rule of thumb, standard, packaged oatmeal can last up to two years in the pantry when stored appropriately.
CAN expired oatmeal make you sick?
When stored properly, uncooked oatmeal isn’t considered a potentially hazardous food. This means it’s unlikely to spoil in such a way that’ll make you sick if you eat it once it’s past its prime.
Does Quaker oatmeal packets expire?
Most consumers get their oatmeal from Quaker Oats in the form of instant, quick (1 minute), or old fashioned (5 minute cook time).Oatmeal Expiration Date.
|Unopened or Opened (and re-sealed)||Pantry||Freezer|
|Instant Oatmeal lasts for||1-2 Years||—|
|Flavored/Cream Instant Oatmeal lasts for||6-9 Months||—|
How can you tell if oatmeal has gone bad?
How To Tell If Oats or Oatmeal Are Bad
- Mold. If you notice any, throw them out.
- Smell. If the oats smell moldy or off in any way, discard them.
- Discoloration or other changes in appearance. If there’s something off in the way they look, assume they’re gone.
- Pantry pests.