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Out dated Baking

January 18, 2011

Linda Burgett

I have a cousin , by marriage, that has an amazing career as a cook. She not only writes a blog , she writes cookbooks and does TV and radio shows about her cooking. You can check out her blog at

Her post today was very interesting to me. She listed how long ingredients for baking should stay in your cabinet…ooops….I have to admit I was shocked by some of these dates….No wonder my bread didn’t rise this winter.

So fuss up girls…other than the chocolate chips…because of course who would leave them un eaten for 18 months….is your baking stuff out dated?

Best if used by:

Flour: Opened; 6 to 8 months.  Unopened; 12 months.
Sugar: Doesn’t spoil, but may change flavor with age.
Brown sugar: Unopened; 4 months.
Confectioner’s sugar: Unopened; 18 months.
Baking Soda: Opened; 6 months.  Unopened; 18 months.
Baking powder: Opened; 3 months.  Unopened; 6 months.
Solid Shortening: Opened; 3 months.  Unopened; 8 months.
Cocoa: Opened; 1 year.
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: Best if used before 18 to 24 months after the date of purchase.

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 21, 2011 3:17 am

    Thanks for mentioning my blog! I have been so busy lately, that it has put me behind on reading my favorite blogs, and just now saw this post.

    Thanks again!

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