Can you get sick from eating expired marshmallows?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “Can you get sick from eating expired marshmallows” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can get sick from eating expired marshmallows. Moreover, we are going to discuss the shelf life of marshmallows and the proper way to store marshmallows.

Can you get sick from eating expired marshmallows?

When it comes to marshmallows, you do not necessarily get sick from eating expired marshmallows as long as they were stored appropriately. 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 marshmallows, they won’t make you sick.

What is the shelf life of marshmallows?

When it comes to marshmallows an unopened pack of marshmallows lasts for about a month or even more (sometimes 4-8 months) when stored in a cool, dry, and dark place away from direct sunlight and heat. Thus you can store your unopened marshmallows in the pantry or kitchen cabinet.

On the other hand, the shelf life of the open marshmallows is 1-2 weeks when they are stored in an air-tight container or plastic zipper bag in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat. One thing that you should keep in mind is that you should never store your marshmallows in a humid environment because the moisture will find its way to your stored marshmallows, it will mess up their quality and can also result in giving that gooey consistency to marshmallows.

Moreover, you will see a “best before” or “best by” date written on the pack of marshmallows, it is more of an indication of quality rather than safety so if you consume marshmallows within this time, you will be able to enjoy the peak flavor and quality of the marshmallows and after this time the flavor and freshness of marshmallows begin to fade. Marshmallows also start to lose their softness and they can harden. But if you consume such marshmallows, no doubt there will be a change in flavor and texture but they won’t cause any health problems.

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How to store marshmallows?

You can store the unopened marshmallows in your pantry or kitchen cabinet easily as marshmallows are one of the shelf-stable foods.

Once you open the pack of marshmallows you should transfer the remaining marshmallows in an air-tight container or jar and store them in a cool, dry, and dark corner of your pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

As marshmallows are sweet, therefore they can attract a lot of insects, so it is recommended to store them in an air-tight container or jar. Moreover storing marshmallows in an air-tight container also ensures that they won’t pick up the aroma of different foods.

If you want to store your marshmallows in the fridge then it is recommended to store them in an air-tight container so that the moisture content of the fridge won’t mess up with the quality of the marshmallows. 

It is worth mentioning that you should sprinkle some cornstarch over your marshmallows that you stored in an air-tight container. The reason behind doing so is that corn starch will keep the marshmallows from sticking to each other.

You can also freeze marshmallows but care should be taken in this regard and you should store your marshmallows in a plastic freezer bag or heavy-duty freeze container. Freezing really prolongs the shelf life of marshmallows but care should be taken in this regard or else the high moisture content of the freezer can mess up the texture of marshmallows. When it comes to thawing or defrosting the frozen marshmallows, you can do so by letting them thaw in the fridge overnight.

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How to spot bad marshmallows?

If you notice some discoloration in your otherwise white marshmallows then it is the indication that they are past their prime age. Moreover, if you notice some off-flavor while taking a small bite of marshmallows then it can be an indication of bad marshmallows.

If your marshmallows are really chewy, then it is an indication of old marshmallows. Moreover, the marshmallows that have changed their consistency and have changed to more of a gooey mass, then it is the indication that the marshmallows were not stored properly but you won’t get sick by eating such marshmallows.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Can you get sick from eating expired marshmallows” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can get sick from eating expired marshmallows. Moreover, we discussed the shelf life of marshmallows and the proper way to store marshmallows.

Citations

https://www.doesitgobad.com/do-marshmallows-go-bad/

https://foodsguy.com/marshmallows-go-bad/

https://www.answers.com/Q/Do_marshmallows_get_moldy

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.