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Shelf life of Cereal!

RubberACRubberAC Sidney BC!Registered User regular
edited October 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
Ok so the Stores around here have started selling Apple Jacks
Which previously were not available in Canada
Now I am not willing to miss my chance here as they are listed as Limited Time only
so if i find out that they are being taken away again I am going to buy boxes upon boxes of Apple Jacks
If they are kept sealed and hidden away are they going to stay good or is the sealing of Cereal in Boxes an unexact science

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Pretty much sugar suspended in some grain, so animals and moisture are really the only problems. It won't 'go bad'.

    Keep them locked away from humidity and insects/rodents and it will be fine. Also eat a balanced breakfast.

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  • ToxTox I kill threads Pharezon's human garbage heapRegistered User regular
    A good conservative estimate, is as long as they're opened by the "use by" date they're good for about a month or so after they're opened. Any longer than a month they start to go a bit stale.

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  • FiggyFiggy Registered User regular
    Even then, you're not looking at any harmful effects by eating old cereal. It just won't taste as good.

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  • RubberACRubberAC Sidney BC!Registered User regular
    how easy is it for silverfish etc to infiltrate my apple jacks
    this is good advice thank you people

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  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Spending too much money eating out. That's about it. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    RubberAC wrote:
    how easy is it for silverfish etc to infiltrate my apple jacks
    this is good advice thank you people

    An unopened box? They're not going to infiltrate anything.

    "At first he thought it might be a natural occurrence - maybe a rabbit. But upon closer inspection, it was clear a knife had been used. And rabbits don't carry knives."

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  • JebusUDJebusUD Registered User regular
    You could always put the applejacks in a sealed plastic container.
    Esh wrote:
    RubberAC wrote:
    how easy is it for silverfish etc to infiltrate my apple jacks
    this is good advice thank you people

    An unopened box? They're not going to infiltrate anything.

    I dunno what a silverfish is exactly, because we don't get those here, but in MN I have found weevils in closed boxes of pasta before. It was about 2 years old though, definitely way past the expiration date.

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  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Spending too much money eating out. That's about it. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    JebusUD wrote:
    You could always put the applejacks in a sealed plastic container.
    Esh wrote:
    RubberAC wrote:
    how easy is it for silverfish etc to infiltrate my apple jacks
    this is good advice thank you people

    An unopened box? They're not going to infiltrate anything.

    I dunno what a silverfish is exactly, because we don't get those here, but in MN I have found weevils in closed boxes of pasta before. It was about 2 years old though, definitely way past the expiration date.

    Yeah, but the cereal will be encased in a plastic wrap as well as being stored in the box. Maybe they can chew through that too?

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  • Phoenix-DPhoenix-D Registered User regular
    Esh wrote:
    Yeah, but the cereal will be encased in a plastic wrap as well as being stored in the box. Maybe they can chew through that too?

    They can. I know an entomologist who has a habit of finding REALLY old bags of cereal, then dumping them out to see what interesting critters got into it.

  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Spending too much money eating out. That's about it. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    Phoenix-D wrote:
    Esh wrote:
    Yeah, but the cereal will be encased in a plastic wrap as well as being stored in the box. Maybe they can chew through that too?

    They can. I know an entomologist who has a habit of finding REALLY old bags of cereal, then dumping them out to see what interesting critters got into it.

    I guess the question is, how long is the OP planning on keeping these boxes around for and how is he storing them?

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  • SyrdonSyrdon Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    Phoenix-D wrote:
    Esh wrote:
    Yeah, but the cereal will be encased in a plastic wrap as well as being stored in the box. Maybe they can chew through that too?

    They can. I know an entomologist who has a habit of finding REALLY old bags of cereal, then dumping them out to see what interesting critters got into it.
    A plastic container of some sort should solve that though. They make some for storing rice that are decent sized, although not terribly practical if they're only getting the one use before you run out of need for them.

    edit: as far as finding the cheap option, if you're willing to just play a numbers game you can get a whole lot of Apple Jacks and just toss the ones that end up going bad. Takes up a bunch of space and money though.

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  • HewnHewn Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    Syrdon wrote:
    A plastic container of some sort should solve that though.

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    So use a plastic container. Your cereal will be the freshest.

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  • MelinoeMelinoe Registered User regular
    Hewn wrote:
    Syrdon wrote:
    A plastic container of some sort should solve that though.

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    So use a plastic container. Your cereal will be the freshest.

    This is the first thing I thought of when I saw the thread title.

    They'll stay fresh for a decent amount of time unopened, but ultimately some sort of big plastic container is probably your best bet. I bought Cupcake Pebbles when I found them in stores after lusting after them online for months, and they lasted long enough, but I only had three boxes or so.

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