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Dec 9, 2012 10:39 AM

Bailey's Irish Cream has solidified - can it be salvaged for baking?

I tried to pour some Bailey's Irish Cream but it had separated into chunks. All that was left in the bottle was solidified cream. The liquid part had probably been poured out earlier. The bottle is such a dark color you cannot even see what's in there. I managed to shake out all the chunks and have it stored in a jar in the fridge. I hate to throw it out; it smells too good to waste. Could it be used in a cake, cookie or bar recipe - perhaps replacing some of the butter? Is it really cream? If so, how much butterfat would it contain? Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. it does have real cream but honestly, I would toss it. The idea of "chunks" is grossing me out, LOL

    from their website:

    Dairy/ Lactose:
    Baileys contains about 50% cream and trace amounts (<0.5%) of Lactose, which is a constituent of milk. If the allergy is specifically to Lactose and not due to any other milk constituent then it may be possible for the consumer to consume Baileys. Please note that we are not qualified to give medical advice therefore you should consult with your medical adviser before consuming Baileys.

    Baileys shelf life
    Baileys is the only cream liqueur that guarantees its taste for 2 years from the day it was made, opened or unopened, stored in the fridge or not when stored away from direct sunlight at a temperature range of 0-25 degrees centigrade.

    One of the keys to achieving this 2 year shelf-life is in our patented process of blending of fresh Irish cream with the spirits and the whiskey without the use of preservatives. The alcohol acts as a natural preservative for the product.

    Under normal conditions of storage Baileys has a shelf-life of 30 months.

    If you are concerned about a bottle of Baileys please check the best consumed before date on the bottle - all bottles now carry a best before date. This number is located on the bottom left hand side of the back label. Example : Code 11 20XY would mean that we guarantee the product would taste perfect until November20XY (XY is the year 2 years from the date of manufacture).

    1. You should try experimenting yourself. It seems you got the knowledge.

      1. Unless you're an alcoholic & desparately need a hit or you'll go nuts, unfortunately, I have to give a vote for THROW IT OUT. Really - life is too short to worry about salvaging some liqueur that's gone "chunky". Bailey's really isn't all that expensive to replace.

        1. I recently threw out 5 bottles of cream liqueurs. A couple were open and some were not. All were old and had separated. The cream had gone sour. Looked like puke. Nasty!

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          1. re: scubadoo97

            Sour? Really? I gross out fairly easily but I would have no hesitation using it in baking as long as it wouldn't have any ill effects. Have two more unopened bottles in the liquour cabinet but cannot tell if they have separated as well. Guess they will have to go. :-( Will NOT be replacing.

            1. re: subrosa39

              Yeah it was sour, like spoiled milk. I tasted it :-((

          2. I have a good friend who insisted my Bailey's should be in the refrigerator. I thought he was nuts but perhaps he is right.

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            1. re: JTilCT

              YES. Regardless of the alcohol content, I ALWAYS keep Bailey's (or any alcohol/cream beverage) in the fridge after I've opened it. Same for commercial alcohol eggnogs. Very little difference between the two. What do I end up with, regardless of naysayers who claim it's not necessary? LONG shelf life, a nicely chilled beverage, & no worries. Works for me. :)

              1. re: Bacardi1

                It makes some sense once it has been opened but with all the alcohol you would think a sealed bottle would keep indefinitely.

                1. re: subrosa39

                  I can tell you after tossing 3 unopened bottles that it does go bad. Granted I'm in Fla and the average temp in my house is 78-80 in all months except a month or two of cold (below 60) weather where the house temp might be 70-73, burrrr