Wait… the title of this post almost looks like Panty Check… doesn’t it? Awkward.
I’m going to ask you a question and I want you to be honest with me.
If you turned over your little container of baking powder and read the expiration date, might it say “Best If Used By January 2005″?
It’s ok. You can tell me. I have no judgements.
I ask because I found such a container in my pantry just yesterday. 2005!? Geeeez.
Aaahh… aged baking powder. As lovely as a fine wine… right? Wrong. Nope. Silly. No way.
Fresh baking powder and fresh baking soda is pretty essential to baking. All that magical lift needs to be fresh. It’s no joke. Expired leavening ingredients can ruin your baked goods and leaving you scratching your head in wonder.
Because I found such ancient baking powder in my pantry I thought now might be a good time to boss you around.
Wait… how does that work out?
Let’s go through our pantries and freshen things up! Mostly because I said so…. and it’s a good idea.
How long have you had that bag of all-purpose flour? Do you keep it in a well sealed container or sealed up in the fridge? Keep little critters out by double sealing the flour or keeping it critter proof in the fridge. In the fridge, all-purpose flour will last for about two years. In an airtight container at room temperature, your flour will keep for a solid year. Yay!
How is your brown sugar livin’? Crusty brown sugar is such a bummer. Keep it sealed in an airtight container to make sure it stays soft and moist . Some people throw a slice of bread in with their brown sugar. It’s supposed to become stale before the sugar does. Pro tip.
I love my cast iron skillet. It can handle everything from scrambled eggs to a tarte tatin. I bet it could also whack someone on the head in case of emergency.
Yea… I think about these things.
Do you have a cast iron skillet? Season that sucker!
What going on with your oil? Have you given it a good sniff lately? If you store you oils on or very near your stove, there is a chance that they’ve passed their prime. Rancid. Ick. Give them a big sniff and if you smell anything just the slightest bit off or stale, just replace it!
My nut oils… because I’m the kind of girl with nut oils… I keep in the fridge.
Your nuts. How old are those things? Keep your nuts in an airtight container, at room temperature, out of direct sunlight for up to three months.
I don’t have a problem with stale vanilla extract… it’s just that I can’t seem to keep enough of the stuff on hand. Good heavens. You’d think I drink it in the middle of the night or something.
Now I just make my own vanilla extract. You should too… but maybe that just me being bossy again.
Will you check your pantry?
If nothing else… just give that 13 year old baking powder a one way ticket to garbage town.