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How to Store Cereals

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Donivan Gillis began writing professionally in 2010, with his work appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM. He has been studying martial arts since 1996 and has been teaching since 2002. He studied business management at Polomar College in San Marcos, Calif.
How to Store Cereals
Cereal is best enjoyed while it is fresh and crisp. Photo Credit: Voyagerix/iStock/Getty Images

Breakfast cereals can become stale, develop odors, lose flavor and even develop mold if improperly stored. Storing your cereal in a proper manner can ensure crisp, fresh cereal for a longer period of time. The 'best by' dates are manufacturer estimates of how long the product will remain at peak quality. Most cereals will be safe to consume for a period of time longer than the recommended date. Any cereal that develops mold or a like substance should be discarded for health reasons.

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Step 1

Store previously unopened boxes of cereal in a pantry or a like location that is cool and dry. Factory sealed cereal can be stored this way for up to a year.

Step 2

Store opened cereal in a pantry or like location that is cool and dry after having folded the top of the open bag and clipped a chip clip over the top. Cereal can be stored this way for up to a week and maintain optimal freshness.

Step 3

Store larger boxes of opened cereal in a plastic cereal storage container with an air-tight seal. Look for containers with a pour spout for easy access and resealing. Cereal stored in these containers maintain freshness for up to a month. Label the storage date on a piece of tape placed on the container.

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