9 FOODS WITH A SURPRISINGLY SHORT SHELF LIFE

Breadcrumbs

No surprise here, but dried breadcrumbs last longer than regular bread.

Brown Rice

If you prefer brown rice over white rice, you may want to double-check when you last bought that bag of brown rice.

Cornmeal

Cornmeal adds a crunchy finish to some recipes and is a great gluten-free alternative.

Crackers

Crackers are a beloved crunchy pantry must-have, but once opened, they spoil rather quickly.

Dried Fruit

The National Center for Home Food Preservation confirms that most dried fruit lasts anywhere from four months to one year.

Nuts

Nuts are an easy-to-enjoy snack and are even better on the go. Unfortunately, the longevity of nuts is not very long.

Peanut Butter

This one may cause a pause, but there's a caveat here. Most commercial peanut butter lasts a while in the pantry if they're unopened like six to 24 months.

Spices

Ground spices lose their potency quicker than whole spices, as they are exposed to air and light.

Whole Wheat Flour

Similar to brown rice, whole wheat flour contains bran, endosperm, and germ. These parts are packed with fiber and other nutrients, which is what gives whole wheat flour a shorter shelf life.

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