Shelf Life of
Crisco

How Long Does Crisco Last?

How Long Does Crisco Last?

Shortening Shelf Life

Does Crisco go bad? Does Shortening bad? The shelf life of Shortening depends on the best before date and how the shortening is stored. Crisco, a leading manufacturer of shortening, is the name most often used synonymously with shortening. Using shortening instead of oil generally makes your baked goods fluffier and flakier [1]. So, how long does shortening last? When properly stored, the shelf life of Crisco beyond its best by date is …

(Unopened) Pantry
Crisco shortening Cans last for 1-2 Years
Crisco Sticks last for 1-2 Years
(Opened) Pantry
Crisco shortening Cans last for 1 Year
Crisco Stickslast for 6 Months


But remember, shortnening, like a lot of other baking products, usually has a best before date or a manufacture date and not a use by date or an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use shortening for your baking needs after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if Crisco is bad, rotten or spoiled?

It is the color and texture of the shortening that will change, it will become darker and harder. The smell will also be slightly different, from no distinct smell to an off-putting one. Once these changes happen, the taste is also off and it is not recommended to use the product.
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. If your crisco has gone bad, check our substitution page.

How to store shortening to extend its shelf life?

The best way to store shortening is in its original air tight container in a cool dark place like the pantry, away from the stove or other appliances. If live in a really hot place, you can store Crisco in the refrigerator, but it will take on a firmer texture and should be brought back to room temperature before using.
Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.

Can you read the code to tell how long Crisco lasts?

There is an 11 digit code on the can of Crisco that represents the manufacture date.
Crisco has a shelf life of at least 2 years beyond the date that it was manufactured.
Many new shortening packages are using the best by date, but they still have a code on the bottom of the can (or the side of the tube that holds the sticks) that is the date of manufacture and it looks like this: 5 123 420 0220
This manufacture date, where the first digit is the year – so 5 stands for 2005,
the next 3 digits (123) are the Julian day – so the shortening was made on May 3rd, 2005
(FYI – the 420 is the plant # where the Crisco was made and the 0220 is the military time that the Crisco was made). So, to tell how long Crisco lasts, just add 2 years to this date to get the best by date.

How long is shortening good for when prepared in a dish?

That depends. How long do eggs last? In general, Crisco will be one of the last expiring ingredients in any dish, soaking into any other ingredient. To find out how long other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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What are our shelf life resources?

Our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Crisco.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the shortening shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion, and should not replace the advice of your health care provider. Please eat responsibly!