Hi Ratio Shortening....how Long Will It Keep

Decorating By sarahokie Updated 26 Jul 2011 , 2:38am by vicki3336

sarahokie Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 9:19pm
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I have found a place locally (OKC, OK) that sells Sweetex and am dying to try it. I am only a hobby baker and don't do that many cakes. Can I freeze the shortening to make it last longer? How long is it supposed to keep?

I can't order smaller quantities online because it is too hot right now and need it for a family wedding cake next month. Too bad I don't know anyone I could split it with...

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scoobydid Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 9:43pm
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With my unscientific 2 cents here, I can say I bought a box of Sweetex Dec 2010 and it looks and functions in the same way today as the day I eagerly opened the box. It lives on the floor in the pantry, faithfully awaiting its next assignment. I'm a hobby baker and in 7 months, have used about 1/3 of it. I sure hope it lasts forever (or at least until I use it up).

I'll give you a bump for an official answer.

I just took a look and the box has a 1 888 404 1004 phone # for questions/comments.

vicki3336 Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 9:55pm
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I, too, am a hobby baker and when I received my 50 pound package of Sweetex three years ago, I divided it up into smaller bags, vacuum sealed them and put them in the freezer. The last batch I thawed was just as fresh as the first. I ran out a couple of months ago and didn't think to order before it got so hot. BIG mistake!

sarahokie Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 10:15pm
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Thanks guys. Wow, Vicki, three years! That is impressive. And makes me feel better that maybe I won't be wasting $$ on shortening I can't use up.

cakegrandma Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 10:17pm
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I use hi-ratio shortening and I do not think I would let it sit for 3 years at room temp. I would think that it would be getting old and changing color, to an ivory instead of the normal white color. I would think it would be like Crisco when it goes bad, smells ugly and looks it too. I take and put it into large plastic container, like 5 pound size, and after putting the lid on I freeze it. This way it will last a loooong time, but like other things in the freezer I'm not sure 3 years would still be ideal. Perhaps someone out there has an opinion of the shelf life.
I have kept it frozen for a little over a year and had no problems.

vicki3336 Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 11:27pm
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I wouldn't leave it at room temperature that long either. But in the vacuum sealed bags and in my freezer, there was no color change or odor.

cakestyles Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 11:45pm
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Ask your supplier, they'll be able to advise you.

I purchased it one time from a baker's wholesaler nearby and they told me it is only safe for 6 months at room temperature and 1 year in the fridge.

They didn't advise me to freeze it because they said they couldn't guarantee it wouldn't change the structure of the shortening.

I haven't bought it again because I only use a small amt in my bc in the warm months and I ended up tossing more than half of it, so it was a waste of money for me.

vicki3336 Posted 26 Jul 2011 , 2:38am
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That's interesting cakestyles. I guess I just got lucky. I'll make sure I use the next order faster.

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