Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: My own private Idaho
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Uh... we'd been eating white jasmine rice that FIL had bought for to Y2K until last year when bugs managed to get into it, and keep sealed yogurt/sour cream/cream cheese for months past the magical date, so I may not be the best person to ask (because my answer would be a resounding 'eat it!'). Our brown rice we had was good for about 2-3 years just in a gamma seat bucket before it started smelling/seeming off.
So... if it looks good and smells good and there's no bugs, rock on.
And yes, wheat berries last for.ev.er. I have some hand-me-me down berries from my mom from our family farm. They're at least 20yo hard red wheat berries, to be used when I finally clean out my grinder again. Some of the nutrient value may have gone down (like 10-20%, maybe), but it's still edible and in the pantry (aka, paid for).
As for donating, they're even pickier about expiration dates. They'd just end up tossing things, especially if they were already opened.