Friday, August 19, 2011

Butter Cream Shelf Life, Storage, and Leftovers

Wilton’s Class Decorating Butter Cream Shelf Life

Kitchen cabinet - up to two weeks, according to Wilton
Fridge - 4 plus weeks. 
Freezer – 3 to 6 months.

Even if you use milk or butter in this recipe it is considered shelf stable and does not have to be store any differently than the icing using water and Crisco.

I store it either in a bowl when leaving it on the cabinet or in the fridge or a ziplock bag when putting it in the freezer.  Your icing that has been left on the cabinet or in the fridge needs a good stirring before you use it, as it tends to separate some. 

In my kitchen, I have a set of plastic bowls that I use typically for icing only.  Why is this?  Because plastic bowls can retain smells for food that has been stored in them, especially if that food has strong flavors like garlic or onion.  Glass bowls do not hold smells like plastic bowls can, so they also work great for storing icing.

Do you ever have small amounts of random colors that you don’t want to throw away, but it doesn’t seem like you have enough to really save?  You can always mix them together to get a new color, such as mixing pink and yellow or orange and pink or blue and yellow or blue and green.  Their are many different combinations out there, just remember what colors will blend well together.

You can also plop many different colors in a decorating bag for fun multi colored swirls on cupcakes.

If you have any other butter cream icing questions, let me know!

Next Post:  Monday, August 22

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