Learned a hard lesson today. Pantry rotation is key. I threw away 5 sealed bars of crisco butter flavored shortening tonight. I was going to make cookies tonight. My recipie calls for 1 cup or shortening or butter. After years of experimenting I have the best luck with a 50:50 blend when I make these cookies. So I reach into the cupboard to take down a bar of crisco....unseal and unwrap & give it a sniff (habit, I check the cooking oils for rancidness every time). I almost gagged! This went on for a total of 5 bars. I dont cook with solid shortening so I buy the 3 packs of sticks and usually keep them in the spare fridge to extent their shelf life. These must have not made it into the spare fridge. 2 bars had a use by date of 7/2015 so fair enough...the other 3 had a date of 9/2016. I must have bought them last Christmas.
Luckily I was able to punt and used coconut oil and butter. They turned out very good even if they spread a lot but I don't know that I will ever up more than the 3 stick pack.