Ramen Expiration Dates

Jo asks: How long can you keep Ramen noodles in storage before they are no good to eat.

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question. On one hand, ramen noodles are fried (most of the time). On the other hand, ramen is packed with preservatives. Regardless of the presevatives, ramen will tend to stale over time, and although it will generally still be edible, it may not taste as good.

Personally, I would keep ramen (in plastic packets) for up to six months. Use some of the recipes here and eat it up!

Anyone have any anecdotes of keeping ramen for long periods of time (years even) and how it tasted? Was it stale? Did you get sick?