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Old 07-28-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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How long do shiritaki noodles last?

I bought them at an Asian market in the refrigerated section and they have been refrigerated the whole time. There is no expiration date on the package. I think I have had them for about a month. Still good or pitch them?
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I bought them at an Asian market in the refrigerated section and they have been refrigerated the whole time. There is no expiration date on the package. I think I have had them for about a month. Still good or pitch them?
Mine are the Miracle Noodle brand and they have an expiration date on the back. The ones I bought 6 months ago exp 09/07/12 and 08/31/12. They are not the refrigerated kind. Do you have the tofu ones?
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Oh, they last for ages.
I got some free ones when I worked at a health food store because they had expired...I ate the last pkg at least 6 months past the expiration and it was fine.

They're basically nothing but fiber (if they're pure konjac, no tofu) so there isn't much that would spoil. No protein, dairy, eggs, etc.
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No, they're not tofu, just the plain ones. The brand is JFC.
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Oh, they last for ages.
I got some free ones when I worked at a health food store because they had expired...I ate the last pkg at least 6 months past the expiration and it was fine.

They're basically nothing but fiber (if they're pure konjac, no tofu) so there isn't much that would spoil. No protein, dairy, eggs, etc.
Thanks! That's what I figured, but I knew I wouldn't be able to tell by the smell.
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Thanks! That's what I figured, but I knew I wouldn't be able to tell by the smell.
Isn't that the truth. To me they already smell "expired." But a little rinsing and pan drying and they are another story.

PJ - glad to know I don't have to worry about the packages I have left. Now that I realize they do have dates on them, I will eat the oldest first when I DO eat the noodles which isn't often anymore.
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Wow- that was the same question I was thinking about yesterday as I looked at my two packages in the refrigerator. Good to know!!
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LOL...I have a package in my fridge too...thanks for question and responses!
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I bought two packages, kept them in the fridge for a long time and finally tossed them. Don't smack me, but every time I looked at them they looked so unappetizing I couldn't bring myself to even try them. I didn't want to open the package either, because so many people have talked about the smell. I thought I might gag. I guess I need my food to be "pretty" huh?
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I bought two packages, kept them in the fridge for a long time and finally tossed them. Don't smack me, but every time I looked at them they looked so unappetizing I couldn't bring myself to even try them. I didn't want to open the package either, because so many people have talked about the smell. I thought I might gag. I guess I need my food to be "pretty" huh?
You are so funny Yam-Yam. That is exactly why mine have been sitting there. I am askeered of the stink!!
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Don't stick your nose in the bag when you open it. Pour the contents in a colander and rinse the heck out of them. I just leave the water running over the colander for a little bit.
After they're rinsed, I put them in a dry heated pan and cook the remaining water off. There is no smell whatsoever once you do that. They do not taste bad, actually they don't taste like anything at all. They pick up the flavors if whatever you cook them with.

Just do it!
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You are so funny Yam-Yam. That is exactly why mine have been sitting there. I am askeered of the stink!!


I almost always have a few bags of the noodles tossed in the back of the refrigerator somewhere, and I know some are pretty old by the time I finally get around to eating them. No worries about that, though.

Luckily the *stink* airs away quickly, what with the rinsing and frying them up in the skillet to dry them out a little bit.

I definitely rely on them on quite a few of my DDs.
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Forever. If you never open them, lol.

Seriously pretty much everlasting.
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I don't believe they have to be refrigerated!
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I don't believe they have to be refrigerated!
I don't think so either. That's where I store my supply of them, but I think they're fine just sitting in the pantry somewhere.
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I bought mine in the refrigerated section, so I kept them in the fridge. I probably wouldn't if they weren't already kept cold.
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I bought two packages, kept them in the fridge for a long time and finally tossed them. Don't smack me, but every time I looked at them they looked so unappetizing I couldn't bring myself to even try them. I didn't want to open the package either, because so many people have talked about the smell. I thought I might gag. I guess I need my food to be "pretty" huh?
As much as I hate to throw away food, I did the same thing last night. I'd gotten a couple packages after reading about them for so long and thought it might be smart to have a couple on hand 'just in case' I had a menacing DD. Cheap insurance, kwim?

So anyway, I decided to try some about three weeks ago. Rinsed them really, really well, tossed them into a skillet for 20 minutes or so to get them good and dry. Put some spaghetti sauce on top while still in the pan and kept stirring as I wanted them to really take on the flavor of the sauce.

The initial smell didn't come through because of the sauce, but I just could not come to grips with the texture. I'm not at all a picky eater, but it was like chewing on elastic thread, IMO.

And while some people advocate using them to help with constipation issues, the reverse was my experience; they were very constipating for me.

I knew my husband wouldn't be interested in them and they were taking up fridge space, so I tossed them. I am really glad they DO help lots of folks.

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Don't stick your nose in the bag when you open it. Pour the contents in a colander and rinse the heck out of them. I just leave the water running over the colander for a little bit.
After they're rinsed, I put them in a dry heated pan and cook the remaining water off. There is no smell whatsoever once you do that. They do not taste bad, actually they don't taste like anything at all. They pick up the flavors if whatever you cook them with.

Just do it!
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LOL, Sheridan! It took me a long, long, LONG time to be able to truly enjoy shirataki noodles. I always posted that I thought they were exactly like chewing on a mouthful of rubber bands. You just bounced your teeth on that mouthful for awhile, and then swallowed.

Now I snip through and through and through the mound of noodles with scissors before ever dumping them into the skillet to fry. The whole bagful of noodles is snipped into little pieces. And then I dry them up a bit in the skillet, and then the sauce/juice of whatever I'm adding in with them sort of re-hydrates them with that new taste. (But I can't eat them all dried out because they will re-hydrate down in my gut by drawing the moisture from the intestine, and that is what causes the constipation from them. LOL)
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I really like them in a nice, spicy, Asian type broth. Think Pho or similar. I think the texture really works, and the spices take it to another level. I don't really like them in traditional Italian type pasta dishes.
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Hahahaha!

I may die from Shiritaki. Meaning. The newspaper will read, "Woman dies from old shiritaki noodle poisoning."

I got some spring of last year. I've kept them in my pantry. I actually got 2 boxes. I've finished one and am working on the next one. I'm pretty sure they should be bad by now, but so far, no problemo! Mine are the ones from Konjac and are not refriged.
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Please see the Italian recipe I posted in DD recipes. It's one of the only good ones that's not Asian, and I really love it. I also have a chicken or ground turkey curry one I've been meaning to post that I think you guys will love. Will try to do so later today.

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I have only used them in stir-fry type dishes. I don't think I would like them as a pasta substitute.
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I found this:

"The shelf life of Konjac foods is one year at room temperature (avoid freezing). "

When I googled Cooking with Konjac.
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