How Long After a Sell-By Date Can You Use Sealed Brown Rice?

by Maxine Wallace
The layer makes brown rice chewy and nuttier-tasting than white rice.

The layer makes brown rice chewy and nuttier-tasting than white rice.

Dry brown rice is known to spoil more easily than white rice, as its brown outer layer is more vulnerable to deterioration because of its natural oils and higher moisture content. With proper storage conditions, however, you can keep your brown rice in good condition and ensure that it is usable for up to 12 months beyond its original sell-by date.

Storage Basics

Keep rice dry and at a constant temperature to best maintain its shelf life. When stored at room temperature, the shelf life of a sealed bag of brown rice will exceed its sell-by date by six to eight months; store it in the refrigerator for eight to 12 months of storage beyond its sell-by date. Store brown rice in an airtight container once opened to prevent oxidation, which hastens spoilage. Discard any rice that appears oily or has a foul smell.

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Based in Portland, Ore., Maxine Wallace is a writer with more than 12 years of experience. With a bachelor's degree in journalism and experience working on marketing campaigns for large media agencies, she is well-versed in multiple industries including the Internet, cooking, gardening, health, fitness, travel and holistic living.

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