Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Before you start holiday baking...check the expiration date!


It's almost time for holidays pies, cookies and other baked goods! And before you start baking, you should do a pantry check of the expiration dates on the following things:

1. Baking soda and baking powder- these chemical leaveners can react with moisture in the air slowly over time and lose their power. You definitely don't want your cake to fail because the leavening was too old!

2. Yeast. Even the dry packages of yeast have a shelf life and you should take a peek before you use them!

3. Spices. When was the last time you checked your spices? While they may have a very long shelf life, you'll get the best flavor from spices that are fresh. I just discovered that our pumpkin pie spice was over two years old. Oops.

5 comments:

salsita said...

Hmmm, that pumpkin pie spice looks familiar...

Lauren said...

actually i bought new since you and I used it. I saw that it was past date!

salsita said...

Good eye! I am scared to look at my expiration dates. I did recently replace my "leavening agents" though!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lauren - depending on the intensity of the flavor, this could make a remarkable cheesecake, or filling for a pumpkin roll. Can't wait to see how you use it.

Linda said...

Anonymous comment should have been with Pumpkin cream cheese. System kept defaulting - sorry!