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Are there preservatives in pasta / rice noodles? Why doesn't it spoil in the package?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 20, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Are there preservatives in pasta and/or rice noodles which prevent the product from going bad?

Think about it: rice or wheat is harvested.

Sometimes dried in a very disgusting way:

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It then gets processed and extruded into cool shapes, packaged, shipped across the globe, stored in warehouses, shipped to stores, purchased, stored in pantries, and then eventually cooked.

How does this stuff not go bad if not preserved in some way?

Doesn't Pasta & Rice noodles contain protein and other stuff that would go bad? (It's not a twinkie after all)

How's this work?

Thanks,

Mike

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on June 20, 2012
at 08:38 PM

less water means less spoilage. Anytime you dry something, cure it, smoke it, hell even "cook" it, you're eliminating water content. Spoilable goods last longer, or spoil less quickly, when the water content goes down.

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on June 20, 2012
at 06:18 PM

@Dave S. Coffee about shot out of my nose. Still laughing...

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on June 20, 2012
at 06:09 PM

It's that toxic compound, dihydrogen monoxide, that does the damage. Ban DHMO!

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on June 20, 2012
at 03:15 PM

For the same reason that raisins and prunes last longer than grapes and plums.

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on June 20, 2012
at 02:59 PM

For the same reason that raisins and plums last longer than grapes and prunes.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on June 20, 2012
at 02:58 PM

For the same reason that raisins and prunes last longer than grapes and plums. Don't think too hard.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on June 20, 2012
at 02:50 PM

When the moisture is removed, it isn't a hospitable environment for the bacteria. Get them wet and they'll go bad.

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