I bought a 35 pound bag od Whole Earth Farms a few weeks ago. It's been sitting in a cabinet waiting for me to buy a storage container to put it in, since it will last my small dog quite some time. Anyway, when I got the bag to pour it into the container today I noticed that it had a good sized tear in the top. Not sure if the cat was chewing on it or what. But anyway, do you think this will affect its shelf life? Also, I noticed that the portion towards the top of the bag was broken up a lot and there were a good amount of crumbs. I assume this came from the shipping process, but thought it was worth noting.
Anyway, given the fact that it was "opened" (torn) for the past few weeks and 25 pounds of it is stored away now in airtight containers, how long can I expect this to last? Retrospectively I should have bought a smaller container but I was compelled by the value at the time. If it seems like it won't last the good 4 months it will probably take us to finish it, do you think a shelter would take a donation of it, given that it is not in a sealed package?