Oatmeal that has fruit or dry cream lasts 6 months on average and instant oatmeal lasts about a year. Steel cut and rolled oats are the same as pasta and other dried food.
Can I eat expired instant oatmeal?
It’s possible to eat oatmeal after it’s expired. The ‘best by’ date is a manufacturer’s recommendation and not a food safety guideline. If oatmeal has been stored in a cool, dry and dark place, there is no risk of it getting spoiled.
How do you know if instant oatmeal is bad?
If you notice any dark spots, strange odors, or clumps, it’s best to throw them out or put them in the compost bin. It’s a good idea to check your oatmeal for mold, color, and texture to make sure it’s safe to eat.
Does Quaker oats have an expiration date?
Most food safety resources told me that oats are usually fine before you finish the container. If oats are kept in a cool, dry place for at least a year, they will remain fresh.
Can you get sick from old oatmeal?
Eating rancid oats won’t make you sick. It is possible to eat oats from time to time, but they are not ideal for regular consumption. You can get sick from the regular consumption of rancid oats.