Food Storage - How long can you keep...


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1 year (best quality)



  • How long does an opened can of shortening last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep opened shortening in a cool, dry area.
  • To maximize the shelf life of opened shortening, keep can tightly closed.
  • How long does opened shortening last at room temperature? Properly stored, an opened can of shortening will generally stay at best quality for about 1 year at room temperature.
  • Do you have to refrigerate shortening? No, it is not necessary to refrigerate shortening- in very hot, humid storage environments, shortening may be refrigerated if desired, but it should be returned back to room temperature before using to ensure best results.
  • Is opened shortening safe to use after the "expiration" date on the can? Yes, provided it is properly stored, the can is undamaged and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially packaged shortening will typically carry a " Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before", or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the shortening will remain at peak quality.
  • How can you tell if shortening is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the shortening: if shortening develops an off odor, flavor or appearance it should be discarded.

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