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» How long can I keep Crisco® on my shelf?
» What exactly is a manufacturing code, and how do I read it?
» Do I need to refrigerate Crisco?
» Can you give me any helpful measuring hints for Crisco® Shortening?
» Can I use Golden Flavor Crisco shortening in place of regular Crisco shortening?
» I'm out of shortening! Can I use oil instead?
» What about shortening in place of oil?
» Can I substitute Crisco® Shortening for butter or margarine in my baking?
» I'm curious about Canola oil. Will you tell me more about it?




How long can I keep Crisco® on my shelf?
 
The shelf life of a shortening or oil product depends a great deal on how it has been stored and handled. For the best results, Crisco® products should be stored in a cool, dry place away from strong odors, direct sunlight, and sources of heat (stoves, dishwashers, and refrigerators).

CRISCO® SHELF LIFE & MANUFACTURING CODE LOCATIONS

  1 LB SHORTENING BLOCK SHORTENING STICK 1.36 KG SHORTENING CAN CRISCO® OIL
UNOPENED 2 years from
manufacture date
2 years from
manufacture date
2 years from
manufacture date
2 years from
manufacture date
OPENED about 1 year about 6 months about 1 year about 1 year
CODE LOCATION Back of carton (below ingredient listing) side of individual plastic tub bottom of can side of bottle back label

Freshness Tip: To help keep track of how long a container has been open, you might write the date on the package when you first break the seal. If you notice any change in colour or appearance, or if your Crisco® develops an off odor or taste, it's probably past its shelf life and shouldn't be used.

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What exactly is a manufacturing code, and how do I read it?
 
The manufacturing code is the date the product was made. It might look something like this: 7 122 420 0321

  • The first number represents the year it was made. For instance, the 7 in our example code means it was made in 2007. A number 6 would mean it was made in 2006, 5 in 2005, and so on.
  • The next three numbers represent the day of the year the product was made. In our example, the 122 (or one hundred and twenty second day) is May 2 (May 1 during a Leap Year).
  • The third set of numbers or letters are plant codes, which have nothing to do with the date.
  • Finally, the last four digits represent the time of manufacture displayed in military time.

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Do I need to refrigerate Crisco®?
 
We suggest storing Crisco® on the pantry shelf. If you live in a warm climate and prefer to refrigerate shortening and oil, keep in mind that refrigeration causes shortening to be more firm and oils to be thicker and look somewhat cloudy. Allowing the products to return to room temperature will bring their appearance back to normal and give you the best performance.

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Can you give me any helpful measuring hints for Crisco® Shortening?
 
Crisco® Shortening has a honeycomb structure with air and liquid oils suspended in the solids. This makes it lighter than butter or margarine - one pound of Crisco® actually equals 2-1/3 cups instead of 2. But you can still measure Crisco® in the same way, by tablespoon and cup portions, to get the right amount for your recipe.

  • Scoop shortening into a measuring cup with a rubber scraper or spatula. Press it into the cup and level it off with the same spatula.
  • The water displacement method is best for measuring amounts less than 1 cup. When 1/2 cup Crisco® is called for, fill a standard measuring cup with cold water to the 1/2 cup mark. Add Crisco® until the water reaches the 1 cup level. Pour off the water. The remaining 1/2 cup of Crisco® is ready for use!
  • For other measuring help, use the guide below:

3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon = 1/3 cup
8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
12 tablespoons = 3/4 cup
16 tablespoons = 1 cup
2 cups = 1 pint
4 cups = 1 quart
16 cups = 1 gallon

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Can I use Golden Crisco® in place of regular Crisco?
 
By all means! Golden Crisco® performs the same as regular Crisco®, but adds a rich buttery flavor to foods.

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I'm out of shortening! Can I use oil instead?
 
It's always best to use a shortening if your baking recipe calls for it. Shortening makes baked goods fluffier and flakier, while oils provide a denser and heavier texture. We don't recommend using oil to grease baking pans.

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What about shortening in place of oil?
 
Frying - Sure! Go ahead and use melted shortening for fried foods.

Salad dressing - Because shortening will resolidify when it cools, we don't recommend it as a salad topper.

Baking - Shortening can be melted and then measured according to the recipe. It should be allowed to cool slightly before adding to other ingredients.

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Can I substitute Crisco® Shortening for butter or margarine in my baking?
 
In general, you can substitute Crisco® Shortening for butter or margarine in equal amounts. Crisco® Shortening gives you higher, lighter-textured baked goods.

A few exceptions in which you can't substitute:

  • No-bake cookie recipes.
  • Recipes, such as candies and fudge, where butter or margarine is heated/melted and sugar is added/dissolved.
  • Crisco® Shortening doesn't contain water, so if you want to get the same results as you get with butter or margarine, adjust the water according to the chart below. (A Crisco® cookie with no extra water added is higher and lighter, while a butter cookie is flatter and crispier.)

1/4 cup butter or margarine 1/4 cup Crisco® shortening + 1-1/2 teaspoons water
1/3 cup butter or margarine 1/3 cup Crisco® shortening + 2 teaspoons water
1/2 cup butter or margarine 1/2 cup Crisco® shortening + 3 teaspoons water
2/3 cup butter or margarine 2/3 cup Crisco® shortening + 4 teaspoons water
3/4 cup butter or margarine 3/4 cup Crisco® shortening + 1 tablespoon + 1-1/2 teaspoons water
1 cup butter or margarine 1 cup Crisco® shortening + 2 tablespoons water

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I'm curious about Canola oil. Will you tell me more about it?
 
Canola oil is produced from the seeds of the canola plant. This plant grows best in cool, moist climates. In fact, it received its name because the canola plant is Canada's major oilseed crop. Of all vegetable oils, Canola oil is the one naturally lowest in saturated fat. Because it's 100% vegetable oil, Crisco® Canola oil contains no cholesterol. It also has no additives or preservatives, and can be used in any recipe that calls for vegetable or salad oil.

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