Have you ever found a package or chocolate chips pushed to the back of your pantry and wondered how long they’ve been there? Visited a relative’s home and reached for flour only to find that the label has a much older design than the one you have at home? Over on the Craftsy blog (it’s free!), I’m sharing a handy guide that will answer the question Are Your Baking Ingredients Still Good to Use? In the post, I cover a number of common pantry-staples and go over shelf life, storage options and more.
The good news is that most of your pantry items last quite a while, so you don’t need to restock frequently. It also means you’ll probably be able to use things up before they need to be replaced if you bake regularly. That being said, it’s helpful to keep track of when you purchased things and I suggest writing the date on packages (particularly those with a long shelf life or that you don’t use that often) so that you know how long you’ve had them. This way, one glance will tell you whether it is due to be replaced or if it is still good-to-go.