- Store in cool, dry area and keep package tightly closed.
- Storage time shown is for best quality only — after that, the shortening's texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly.
- If shortening develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded for quality purposes.
- “Best By,” “Best if Used By,” and “Use By” dates on commercially packaged foods sold in the United States represent the manufacturer's estimate of how long the product will remain at peak quality — in most cases, the shortening will still be safe to consume after that date, as long as it has been stored properly and the package is not damaged.
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