Does Popcorn Expire?

Popcorn is a great snack that is 100% whole grain and full of fiber. Outside of the movie theater, popcorn can be a healthy snack incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. But does popcorn expire? Lets take a look and find out.

For the sake of this question we will assume that the popcorn is stored properly in a dry location indoors. The answer isn't as easy at it may seems because there are different types of popcorn. Popcorn that it un-popped actually lasts indefinitely. That means you can store it in a dry location like your pantry and it will basically last you years.

Microwave popcorn unopened and un-popped lasts about 6-8 months. The reason it goes bad is not because of the popcorn, but because of the  the oils that have been added to the bag to give it flavor.

Popped popcorn will last about 2-3 weeks provided it is stored in an airtight container or a plastic food bag.

So there you have it. Now you know the answer to the question does popcorn expire. Just make sure you follow food safety guidelines and a little common sense before eating old popcorn. You can tell that microwave popcorn has gone bad or is starting to go bad because the smell and taste will be slightly off. If that is the case, it is best to throw it away and buy more.


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