Does Crisco 'Go Bad'?

Updated on February 19, 2012
R.D. asks from Richmond, VA
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I just used some Crisco and my pumpkin bread is already in the oven (my house smells sooooo good!), but I just realized the 'best if used by' date was in 2011... like.... March 2011... (oops)... is that bad?

Or will it be okay this one time? I've already tossed the rest... that stuff lasts forEVER!

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So What Happened?

@K, mine definitely did NOT look or smell like that, LOL, so I guess this is okay this one time ;)

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answers from Washington DC on

If it still looks and smells normal, it's probably fine. 'best if used by' isn't a hard and fast expiration date. Taste a slice. If it tastes normal, it's fine to eat. Rancid food won't fool you, it'll be nasty!

That being said, I don't use Crisco (or anything else that processed that it lasts for years unrefrigerated) so I don't have personal experience with old Crisco.

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answers from Medford on

I had crisco I didnt use for several years and it just sat in the back of the cabinet. When I did need some, I pulled it out and opened the can. It had turned clear, with yellow edges, and smelled like rancid oil. So YES it will go bad. But it might take longer than the expire date.

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answers from Washington DC on

Crisco CAN go bad. If it is not stored properly, it will smell rank and look more beige than white.

When you open it - you will SMELL that it's bad. SO if it didn't smell bad? you are good!!

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answers from Washington DC on

i'll bet it's fine. it does go bad eventually, but they tend to be (correctly) conservative about the date. if it didn't look or smell funky, you're golden. enjoy your pumpkin bread!
:) khairete

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answers from St. Louis on

It does not keep forever but you can tell when it goes bad. The smell is awful and it is no longer that pretty white color, it kind of looks like it is becoming clear.

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answers from Cumberland on

Yes-it does have a long shelf life-and an expiration date-lasts longer if kept in the fridge.

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answers from Syracuse on

YES it does!! I'm speaking from experience. I was in a rush to bake a dessert for a potluck lunch and made some brownies with an old can of Crisco. I failed to taste them before setting them out, when I later tried was so awful (rancid). I quickly snuck them out.

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answers from Kansas City on

I hope it lasts forever because i have some in my cabinet probably older than yours. Oops.


answers from Lakeland on

It does go bad, but if it didn't smell or look gross then you should be fine. The dates are "best by" not "they will be rancid on this date".

My hubby is such a pain when it comes to expiration dates. I can see with milk and stuff like that, but most items that are stored on the shelves last a lot longer than the dates provided (assuming they are stored properly).

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