If you’re a keen baker like myself, you like to have a well-stocked pantry so you can bake almost anything at any time. When my cookie cravings hit, I want chocolate chips and vanilla extract at the ready for these giant chocolate chip cookies. And when I get asked to make a birthday cake for a last-minute party, I need to have plenty of confectioners’ sugar on hand.
Part of having a baker’s pantry, though, is making sure that all your ingredients are fresh and ready for action. The good news is that many baking staples have long shelf lives (much like these foods that never expire). When kept in sealed containers in a cool place, baking staples will last you a good, long while. Here’s how long the most common baking ingredients will last in the pantry.