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How long do Chinese dried lily buds keep?

BobtheBigPig Jun 30, 2008 09:02 PM

They're in a cellophane package with no expiration date ("Roxy" brand), but I think they may be past their prime. Anybody know?

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  1. Sarah RE: BobtheBigPig Jun 30, 2008 09:10 PM

    Hmmmm - I've had some (opened and clipped closed) for 2-3 years and wonder too...

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      ricepad RE: BobtheBigPig Jun 30, 2008 09:41 PM

      They'll keep forever, unless they get buggy and the bugs eat 'em all up. Store them in your fallout shelter so you'll have something to go with the Spam and MREs!

      1. ipsedixit RE: BobtheBigPig Jun 30, 2008 09:44 PM

        Not more than a year.

        They won't spoil, but after a year or so their texture becomes chewy and tough, and their flavor takes on a bitter tone.

        One way to rectify this, but only if you have to and just don't have access to a new bag, is to re-hydrate in green tea (as opposed to water).

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          BobtheBigPig RE: BobtheBigPig Jun 30, 2008 09:58 PM

          OK, green tea it is: lily flowers, Spam and MREs—a meal fit for a king! Thx all-

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