Can you get sick from eating expired chips?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “can you get sick from eating expired chips” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can get sick from eating expired chips. Moreover, we are going to discuss tips to properly store chips and what you can do with stale chips.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

Can you get sick from eating expired chips?

When it comes to chips, you do not necessarily get sick from eating expired chips as long as they were stored appropriately. 

Packaged chips do not have enough moisture in them therefore they do not provide suitable media for microbes to grow. Moreover, their high salt content also plays an important role in prolonging their shelf life. But you will feel a change in its texture and flavor so as long as you are okay with it, you can eat the expired chips, it won’t make you sick.

You should consider the smell and taste of the chips to reach a final verdict whether or not you are going to eat them.

  1. If you notice a rancid or unpleasant smell while taking a sniff test of your chips, it means that your chips have expired and gone rancid.
  1. Moreover, you can notice a change in the taste of your chips once they have gone rancid.
  1. Last but not least the chips that are long past the “best before” date can have a significant change in texture and can become stale.

It is worth mentioning that instead of the “expiration date”, you will find a “best by” or “best before” date written on it. The “best by” or “best before” date that is written on the pack of chips refers to more of quality rather than safety so the chips don’t necessarily go bad immediately after the best before date. 

This date refers to the time during which you can enjoy the peak quality and flavor of the chips but you can still eat chips that are past this date as long as they were stored properly.

Unopened packaged potato chips last for about 2-3 weeks past the printed date if they are stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

Opened packaged potato chips last for about 5-7 days if it is stored in an air-tight container or plastic zipper bag in a cool, dry and dark corner of your pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

Unopened vegetable chips last for about 2-3 weeks past the printed date if they are stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat. On the other hand, unopened crackers last for about 3-4 weeks past the printed date if stored properly.

Last but not least homemade potato chips last for about 2-3 days if they are stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

It is worth mentioning that the figures mentioned above are the estimated shelf life of chips and chips can even last longer than this provided that it is stored properly.

You can read how to make crispy potato chips here.

Tips to properly store chips

  1. Chips should be stored in a cool, dry, and dark place away from direct sunlight and heat. Therefore you can safely store the chips in a cool and dry corner of your pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.
  1. Once you have opened the packet of chips, you should transfer the rest of the chips in an air-tight container or resealable plastic zipper bag. It is necessary to store the chips this way so that no air and moisture will find their way to the chips and degrade their quality.
  1. You should close the lid of the container as soon as you are done getting out the number of chips that you need.
  1. You should never store your chips in a humid environment. 

What to do with stale chips?

So if your chips are just stale but smell fine, what you can do is to take a baking tray and spread the chips on it. Afterward, put the tray with chips in the oven that is preheated at about 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bake the chips for about 10 minutes and you can just devour the chips afterward. It is worth mentioning that it is better to check the chips every 3-4 minutes after putting them in the oven and once they reach their ideal crunch, you can go ahead and eat them.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “can you get sick from eating expired chips” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can get sick from eating expired chips. Moreover, we discussed tips to properly store chips and what you can do with stale chips.

Citations

https://www.bustle.com/life/106555-10-foods-you-can-eat-past-the-expiration-date-so-dont-clean-out-the-fridge-just#:~:text=Chips,still%20perfectly%20safe%20to%20eat.

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-24305902

https://www.insider.com/what-happens-if-you-eat-food-that-went-bad-2019-2

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Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.

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