Shelf Life Of Refrigerated Royal Icing

Baking By sewsugarqueen Updated 9 Feb 2013 , 5:12pm by gingerbreadtogo

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sewsugarqueen Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 1:56am
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Anyone know how long royal icing can be kept and used?  I keep mine in sealed containers in fridge and usually use the meringue powder.  Just curious?

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BakingIrene Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 4:43am
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Meringue powder royal is good kept in the fridge for a week, and the Wilton books say it can be re-beaten to restore texture. I have never kept it this long myself.


Egg white royal will keep in the fridge for 2 days--it does not work as well to re-beat it for flowers, but it is perfectly fine for lace and sticking things together.


I have stored both kinds with a damp paper towel over the icing in small airtight plastic tubs.

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modthyrth Posted 9 Feb 2013 , 6:29am
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Not sure how far you can push it, really.  I've certainly kept royal icing around a week (meringue powder version), and just whipped it back into shape when I needed it again.  


I can tell you that, when dried, it lasts decades and decades!  We have royal icing decorations (thousands of them, my cake-decorator grandma never let a drop of royal icing go to waste, and she was a piping goddess) that are easily from the 1960s, and still in perfect shape.

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Tmaree Posted 9 Feb 2013 , 9:26am
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AI've been wondering about this also......... I use meringue powder as well, but does kept good mean maintaining its function or not going rancid?? Is there a point where it will become rancid?

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gingerbreadtogo Posted 9 Feb 2013 , 5:12pm
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I've kept meringue powder royal icing sealed out of fridge for up to 3 weeks. It was fine, just needed to be remixed.

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