Storage and Shelf-life
Rice cakes expire quickly. They harden quickly once they are opened, so it’s best to eat them as soon as possible. Rice cakes can last from one week to one month if carefully sealed in plastic wrap in individual serving sizes.
The shelf-life of hangwa varies from three to six months. One of its many amazing attributes is that it does not spoil quickly, even though it contains no artificial additives or preservatives. Hangwa stays freshest when stored in an airtight container in a cool place. Once opened, hangwa should be eaten as soon as possible.
Rice cakes are usually sold on the same day that they are made. For those who want to purchase a rice cake set, it’s best to look for sets made up of individually-wrapped rice cakes. If you’d like to purchase rice cakes made with a variety of ingredients (strawberry, pumpkin, carrot, etc.), you will need to place your order the day before.
Customers can watch the hangwa-making process in places like Leegakangjung in Insa-dong and purchase products right after they’re made.