Do Ramen Noodles Expire? What You Need To Know!

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Ramen Noodles shelf-life

by Kelly L

Ramen noodles come in different package sizes that can be consumed. The restaurant version of Ramen noodles are made on the spot and should be consumed immediately and not stored. The popularity of the instant Ramen noodles could be derived from the fact that restaurants readily make similar delicious versions of the Ramen noodles for a high price.

Instant Ramen noodles at American grocery stores come in different types of packages. Packages include plastic sealed and wrapped square blocks of noodles. These square packages can be purchased at about $0.20-$0.30 per block and provide about 200 calories worth of nutrition.

Instant Ramen noodles also come in sealed Styrofoam cups and sealed bowl packages. It is believed that these Styrofoam cups and sealed bowls help make it convenient for consumers to consume the Ramen noodles by just adding water.

These Styrofoam cups and bowls go for around $0.20-$0.30 per package and include more calories. The calories in these packages come close to 300 calories worth of nutrition.

Do Ramen Noodles Expire?

The packaging of the instant Ramen noodles encourages consumers to believe that the food is similar to survival food storage. Survival food storage is packaged in a way so that the food can last up to a decade or even more. Survival food that lasts more than a decade is usually wrapped in air-tight sealed plastic similar to instant Ramen noodles. The same packaging does have different expiration dates. Instant Ramen noodles do not have an expiration date that extends out to more than a decade. It is quite less.

The Shelf Life of Instant Ramen Noodles.

The production of instant Ramen noodles begins at the noodle company. In America, food companies are required to post an expiration date for consumable goods somewhere on their package. Like canned goods, the packaging might communicate that the products can be stored forever, but they can have an expiration date.

Instant Ramen noodles have an expiration date that is printed on the package. This date could be anywhere from two months to two years from the time you have looked at or purchased the noodles from the store. Stores actively review the expiration date of items that are not selling fast. They do this so that they can keep new things on their store shelves. Stores will take instant Ramen noodles off of their shelves if they are expired.

People can consume instant Ramen noodles even though the package says that the item expired. Expired instant Ramen noodles do not mean that the Ramen noodles are contaminated. However, the expiration does indicate that the overall freshness of the Ramen noodles has deteriorated. Consuming Ramen noodles before the expiration date is recommended so that one can enjoy the vibrancy in the taste and quality of the meal. Expired Ramen noodles are likely to taste stale.

The shelf life of instant Ramen noodles is around two years from the time the manufacturer produces the noodles. When shopping for instant Ramen noodles, the first thing a consumer should look for is the expiration date. The expiration date should be long enough from the date of purchase so that one can enjoy the inexpensive nutritional meal.

Why Ramen Noodles Have a Long Shelf Life

When produced, Ramen noodles go through a dehydration process where all moisture is removed. This dehydration process ensures that bacterial growth and microorganisms cannot grow inside of the product. Food dehydration is intended to elongate the shelf life of the product.

Ramen noodles have a long shelf life because there are a lot of preservatives added to them. Preservatives are chemicals used in food to make them last a long time.

Comparatively speaking, instant Ramen noodles can last years longer than other forms of noodles due to dehydration and preservatives. Highly processed pasta like wheat noodles can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. Wheat instant noodles do not go through the same dehydration preservative process as instant noodles. Fresh Ramen noodles are unprocessed noodles that should be stored in the fridge to keep its freshness. Fresh Ramen noodles have a shelf life of anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks.

What Causes the Instant Noodle Package to Spoil?

Understanding how instant noodle packages spoil will help us answer the question, “how do Ramen noodles expire?” The main factor that causes the instant noodle package to ruin is the ingredients. Some instant noodle packages have hydrated meats or vegetables. These packages have issues with absorbing moisture. Containers that absorb moisture tend to be a good breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

In the manufacturing phase of the Ramen instant noodle packages, the noodles are cooked then pre-fried. They are done in order to remove any water. Removing water from the noodles is necessary to keep the container and its contents from spoiling.

The noodles are pre-fried by the manufacturer, and pre-fried goods lose their quality around the predicted expiration date. For example, fried and stored chicken does not taste as good as when the chicken was first fried. Pre-fried noodles will spoil eventually over a long period of time.

Do Ramen Noodles Expire Faster Than the Expiration Date?

Instant Ramen noodles come in cheap packaging to save money for the manufacturer and the consumer. The cheaply made packaging poses a possibility of product spoilage before the expiration date. Many times consumers have come across instant noodle products that have holes and rips in their packaging. When looking at an instant Ramen noodle package, the buyer should always ignore packages that have been opened, have holes in them, or have ripped.

Every instant Ramen noodle package should be completely sealed for optimal freshness. Ramen noodle purchasers should carefully transport their instant Ramen noodles to their homes. This is because open instant Ramen noodle packages only last anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. If opened by accident, the instant Ramen noodle package should be re-sealed using air-tight plastic sealing technology.

To avoid potential store package seal issues and transportation issues of the instant Ramen noodles, the purchasers should consider buying higher-end noodle packages such as the Nissin noodles. This noodle package is a bowl package that has a tight seal on the top of the bowl. This package is convenient too. To prepare the Ramen noodle meal, the purchaser only has to add boiling water. The package is designed to prevent the possibility of rips and tears. Due to the package design, the expiration date should be longer on average.

Storage : Do Ramen Noodles Expire Quicker When Stored in Wet Areas?

The instant Ramen noodles that are purchased at the store are intended to be stored in similar conditions. Instant Ramen noodles should be stored in a dry place at room temperature. They should be stored in this dry place already sealed in its manufactured container. If the Ramen noodles have been opened, the Ramen noodles should be re-sealed in an air-tight container and placed back in a dry place at room temperature.

Exposing instant Ramen noodles outside of its packaging in wet areas is likely to shorten the expiration period. Instant Ramen noodles placed in wet areas that are exposed to the air are likely to be infected with bacteria and mold.

Instant Ramen noodles should be placed away from sunlight and heat sources. This is to prevent the packaging from wearing down and ripping. Packages that wear down due to excessive heat could have small holes in them. The small holes could have been made due to the extreme heat.

How to Know if Your Ramen Noodles Have Gone Bad

Instant dried noodles have packages that keep moisture out of the noodles. Moisture is a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. As long as the package is still intact, moisture should be outside of the package making the noodles consumable.

However, to be safe, the Ramen noodles should be checked to ensure that there are no mold, bugs, or any other unusual growth inside the package. After opening the Ramen noodle package, a close look should be given to all sides of the Ramen noodles. If the Ramen noodles are in a square brick, break the noodles apart and examine them. Look for any dark specks or signs of mold on the noodles.

After examining the noodles, check the expiration date and the conditions of where the noodles were stored at your home. Compare the noodles to pictures on the Internet if you question the quality of the noodles. This is the best way to know if your noodles are still good.

Summary : Do Ramen Noodles Expire?

Instant Ramen noodles are a cheap way to bring valuable nutrition to your daily diet. When taken in moderation, instant Ramen noodles can lower your overall grocery bill while satisfying hunger. These noodles are an easy and better way of preparing for workplace lunchtime than other methods. Fast food restaurants and other means of preparing food quickly do not match the use of instant Ramen noodles.

When people are introduced to instant Ramen noodles, they tend to fall in love with their properties. For one, the instant Ramen noodles are similar to the restaurant made noodles for less than 1/10 of the restaurant price. Consumers fall in love with this fact and believe that they can buy instant Ramen noodles in considerable quantities to serve all of their food needs.

The instant Ramen noodle packaging may give the buyer the idea that the noodle products can be stored similar to emergency food storage. The buyer of instant Ramen noodles should be aware that there is a manufactured expiration date that can be anywhere from 2 to 24 months from the time of purchase. Those who purchase these noodles should consume them before the expiration date.

Consuming the instant noodles before the expiration date will ensure that the quality and freshness of the product will be enjoyed. After the expiration date, instant noodles tend to become stale and loses their taste. After opening the expired product, the consumer should examine the contents for spoilage.

This should be done especially if the instant noodle packages were stored in wet areas and areas with excessive heat. Instant noodle packages should be stored in dry areas at room temperature. Remember that open packages should be re-sealed in air-tight containers. Any open packages at the grocery store should be ignored and not purchased.

M.D. Creekmore

Owner / Editor at MDCreekmore.com
Hello, I’m M.D. Creekmore. I’ve been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find at Amazon.com as well as Barnes and Noble. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.
M.D. Creekmore

Comments

  1. I guess it’s about how you store them. I have a case that is 4 years beyond the date and haven’t found any that have spoiled. After dropping the noodles in the boiling water with the flavor packet and letting physics run its course, they tasted like chicken & noodles.
    As I said, storing them right makes a difference. I’m not saying what I do is right but it works for me. I put mine in food saver bags and vacuum sealed the bags. At the time I did not have oxygen absorbers but the packages remained tight. All my stored food is in a pantry without sunlight.

    Anyway… I hope everyone has good luck with their noodles.

    1. I meant that to say chicken broth and noodles. I did not have any dehydrated meat in the package.

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