Shelf Life of
Quinoa

How Long Does Quinoa Last?

Quinoa Shelf Life

Quinoa

How long does quinoa last? The shelf life of quinoa is influenced by a variety of factors, such as whether it is cooked or not and how it is stored. Quinoa is actually a seed, but since it cooks up nice and fluffy, yet slightly crunchy, many people consider it as a grain and are using it to replace wheat or oats in their diet. Quinoa is often referred to as the “supergrain of the future” because it has twice the amount of fiber and is such a complete protein that it contains all 9 amino acids and is gluten free! It also contains iron, lysine, magnesium, riboflavin and manganese.

The shelf life of quinoa is so long that many ask does quinoa goes bad?
When properly stored, the shelf life of quinoa is approximately…

(Raw) Pantry Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
White Quinoa lasts for 2-3 Years 2-3 Years
Red Quinoa lasts 2-3 Years 2-3 Years
Black Quinoa lasts for 2-3 Years 2-3 Years
(Cooked) Pantry Refrigerator Freezer
Quinoa lasts for 6-7 Days 8-12 Months




Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, like a lot of other seeds, it usually has a best by date and not an expiration date. Because of this, you can safely use it beyond the stamped best by date.

How to tell if quinoa is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Since quinoa has an long shelf life if kept dry, it is hard to tell if it has gone bad. It generally does not become rancid or smell.
Cooked quinoa that has gone bad will show a loss of texture as it hardens and then can grow mold. There are of course certain health risks associated with spoiled quinoa, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy it prior to its expiration.

How to store quinoa to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
The best way to store quinoa is in an airtight container in the pantry or another cool dark place with a constant temperature.

Once prepared, quinoa should be refrigerated in an airtight container to keep out moisture and other contaminants. Do not allow cooked quinoa to sit out at room temperature for longer than 2 hours, just like any other food.

For a long term option, you can freeze your dry quinoa while preserving its taste if you use an oxygen-free (oxygen is the source of freezer burn) freezer safe container.
Cooked quinoa also freezes well in an airtight freezer container.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting Facts

  • Quinoa was once referred to as “the gold of the Incas” because it’s protein increased the stamina of the Inca warriors.
  • It’s very versatile and can substitute for most any grain in most any recipe.

  • How long is quinoa good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long does quinoa last? That depends. How long does fish last? In general, food will only last as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the recipe. To find out how long other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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    What are our shelf life resourses?

    Our shelf life of quinoa content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scour the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of quinoa.

    *An important note about expiration dates…

    Although the quinoa shelf life information provided by Eat By Date is generally reliable, it is in no way intended to substitute for the advice of a qualified health care provider. Please eat responsibly!