Ramen noodles are great for a quick meal or just to have in case of an emergency, but if you’re like me you probably buy them, throw them in the pantry, then forget about them for months (or years).
Ramen noodles have a best by date on the package. For the best taste and texture, you should eat them before that date, but they’re still good to eat for up to a year after the best by date.
Why does instant noodles go bad?
Do you know the reason why instant noodles go bad when they expire?
It is because of the oxidation of the oil in the instant noodles. Deep frying instant noodles is a part of the manufacturing process. In a factory, you put noodles in a metal frame and put them into high-temperature oil ranging between 140°C to 160°C (284°F to 320°F)… …And fry them for 1 to 2 minutes. The oil will start to oxidize after the expiration date, and noodles will start to produce a smell and the taste will turn bad.
How to check if your expired instant noodles are OK to eat
If you really want to eat expired instant noodles, do so at your own risk. There are a few things you must look for. Do my instant noodles… …smell bad? …have mold? …change colour? …have an expiry date over 3 month ago? …have a strange first bite? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you must not eat them.
How Can You Tell If Ramen Noodles Are Still Good
Before you start eating ramen noodles that have passed their best by date, you should do the following things:
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