When baking, it's important to use only the freshest quality ingredients. Perishable items, such as eggs, milk and butter, are always marked with an expiration date and kept refrigerated. Pantry items, however, rely on different storage methods to preserve their shelf-life, keeping them fresh for gourmet baking.

Here are some common baking ingredients and their proper storage methods:

All-Purpose Flour

  • Expiration: 6 to 12 months.
  • Storage - Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. For storage in high-humidity areas - store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to prevent moisture (let flour come to room temperature before using). 

Baking Soda

  • Expiration: 12 to 18 months.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in a dry place. (Baking soda that is kept in the refrigerator to capture odors should not be used for baking.)

Baking Powder

  • Expiration: 12 to 18 months. 
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in a dry place.

 Sugar

White Granulated Sugar

  • Expiration: best used within 2 years.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Brown Sugar

  • Expiration: best used within 6 to 8 months.
  • Storage: Store brown sugar in an airtight container to retain its moisture.

Confectioner’s/Powdered Sugar 

  • Expiration: best used within 12 to 18 months.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place (do not refrigerate).

Extracts

  • Expiration: best used within 12 months
  • Storage: Best kept stored in a cool, dark place away from any heat source. Do not store in the refrigerator.

At Sweet Day Gourmet, we use only the freshest high quality ingredients in each gourmet recipe mix. Contact us today and taste the gourmet difference.