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.