How long does Rice Paper last? (Know Expiry and Storage Tips)

How long do Rice Paper Rolls last

Bought more than five rice paper packages with hundreds of them inside, and you’re not sure if it will last for months? 

Or maybe you decided to make some prawn or summer rolls and bought 5-10 packs of dry rice paper rolls, and you have to store all of it? 

Sounds familiar? 

If it does, this article will let you know how long does rice paper last? How to store it? Does it go bad? 

Rice papers are one of the most versatile items you can add to your dish. To use them, you must soak them in water for at least 10 seconds, instantly softening the texture. 

Rice paper can be kept long and lasts indefinitely if stored properly. You can safely put it in your fridge or freezer, which may last for more than a year or indefinitely.

Don’t have time, here’s a quick answer.

CounterFridge Freezer
Rice Paper Unopened 2 yearsIndefinitelyIndefinitely
Rice Paper Opened Up to a yearUp to a year6 months to a year
Wet Rice Paper 3-4 hours3-4 daysNot recommended

Does Rice Paper Go Bad?

What if I tell you rice paper doesn’t expire or go bad, which is true? Rice paper wrappers last for a long time, at least for up to 2 years, when stored properly. 

Store your opened pack of rice papers in a cool and dry place because, with time, it will surely turn dry and frail. And if the rice papers retain moisture from bad storage techniques, it may also end up being weak and tacky.

I’m sure you know rice papers are soaked in water for about 10 seconds before using them instantly, and they may go bad on the same day you’ve made it. Soaked rice papers become weak afterward and often break. 

In the case of unopened Rice Paper packages, they’ll last indefinitely, even after the expiration date. 

However, the unopened pack of rice paper may also go dry and brittle with time, so it is better to use them within the first 1-2 years.

How long does Rice Paper last in the Fridge? 

If you store it properly, the rice papers will last 6 months to at least a year

You can store the rice papers in the refrigerator if the pack is already opened or just extend their shelf life by storing them in the fridge.

If the rice papers are already made into rolls, they can last up to 3-4 days in the fridge with proper storage.

Rice papers are made in a way that doesn’t necessarily need to be refrigerated. They are mostly okay, even at room temperature. 

However, you must know that rice papers are naturally dry, and storing them in the fridge for longer will make them drier and brittle. So make sure you use them before they become dry. 

How long does Rice Paper last in the Freezer?

You should not freeze the dry rice papers, but you sure can freeze the rice rolls you couldn’t finish in one go.

And if you store the leftover rice rolls in the freezer, they can definitely last up to 2-3 months if stored in a sealed freezer bag. 

Make sure you thaw and eat them within the first 3 months because after that your mouth-watery rice rolls will lose their best taste and texture. In the worst case, they may even be affected by freezer burn. 

How long does Wet Rice Paper last?

Wet rice papers are extremely delicate, and at room temperature, they can last only for 3-4 hours.

If you store them in your fridge in a container (separately from each other), they will last for at least 2-3 days.

The soaked rice papers must be used immediately to get the best out of them. They are very soft in texture and may easily break as well. 

Rice Paper wrapped on Prawns Roll
Rice Paper wrapped on Prawns Roll

Tip to Remember – Prepare only the required amount of wet rice papers and use them after a few minutes of soaking them.  

How to Store Rice Paper?

Put the opened package of rice papers in your fridge in an airtight container or a plastic wrap. Make sure they don’t come in contact with moisture or humidity.

For your unopened packs of rice paper, you can keep them safely in their original packaging at room temperature. They will be there in your pantry for the next year and beyond.

If your rice wrappers are beautifully made into rolls, individually wrap them with a damp towel. Put them safely in a container to store them in your fridge.

To freeze your rice paper rolls/dumplings, wrap each roll tightly with a plastic wrap and put them in an airtight container. To get the best quality taste, eat them within the next 2 to 3 months.

Does Rice Paper Expire? How to Know It?

No, rice paper doesn’t really expire. If you store it properly, it remains well past the mentioned expiration date on the package. 

Rice papers are traditionally made using rice flour, water, and salt (with few more modern ingredients) and are not perishable in a dry state.

The expiration date you see on the package is the date you should consider simply as a “use before’’ date. 

However, sometimes your rice papers may even go bad. And to identify the signs of spoilage, you can check for any off smell, discoloration, or mold growing on them.

Although spoilage is uncommon, even if the rice papers aren’t spoiled, they’ll definitely dry over time.

So, use them before it’s too late.

Final Thoughts 

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and learned about the Dos and Don’ts of how to store rice papers.

However, things aren’t as complicated, and you’ll be good if you follow the above-mentioned tips.

Till then, enjoy your favorite rice rolls, sushi, and dumplings.

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