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I next plan to learn how to make and package them for long-term storage in case of economic meltdown.

Maybe wrap in plastic, then put them in food-grade containers and vacuum-seal them,  then to the root cellar?

Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM PT: I posted this late for me - need to get some shut-eye.  Thanks for stopping by and see you in the am.

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  •  A friend has a 20 year-old package of Twinkies (3+ / 0-)
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    wader, dov12348, debedb

    at his workplace. hard as a rock, but looks the same.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 10:18:32 PM PST

  •  My mom used to buy them by the case from a (7+ / 0-)

    Hostess bakery outlet in Ft. Worth. Both cupcakes and twinkies at quite a price discount. She'd freeze them and thaw as needed. This was fifty years ago and I doubt they had perfected the preservatives that give them current shelf life. I believe one of their researchers went to Egypt and studied mummification formulas for today's products.  

    •  LOL (7+ / 0-)

      I just read the NYT story linked in the diary (recipes are clickable from the lefthand sidebar) and one of the big problems with shelf life for the homemade versions is that they use butter -- which in the U.S. has a huge amount of water in it.  (I did wonder whether European butter would work better).  So I'm guessing Twinkies use partially hydrogenated  vegetable oil -- old-fashioned Crisco, the worst thing in the world for your arteries -- in theirs.  Well, not to mention industrial-strength preservatives and like that.

      Personally, I think Twinkies et al. are part of the 20th century's "better living through chemistry" experiment.

      BTW, today's NYT had a fun opinion piece about growing up with Hostess products:  "Back When a Chocolate Puck Tasted, Guiltily, Like America" by Dan Barry.  I won't link to it b/c the NYT just told me I've already used up 5 of my 10 free reads for this month -- and I already read it in the dead tree edition.
      But you might want to look it up, if you're interested.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 11:06:24 PM PST

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      •  I wonder if you could make them (3+ / 0-)
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        with clarified butter. The clarification process should remove any water along with the milkfat solids, leaving only the clarified butter fat.

        I doubt we'll give this a try anytime soon, but it might be worth a shot in the lull between Turkey Day and New Years when calories are 50% off.

        The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains. – Paul Simon, "Train In The Distance."

        by Omir the Storyteller on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 01:24:08 AM PST

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        •  LOL to this (1+ / 0-)
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          but it might be worth a shot in the lull between Turkey Day and New Years when calories are 50% off.
          It's like shopping for candy the day after Halloween, or the day after Easter, but for a longer time.

          Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

          by riverlover on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 02:25:01 AM PST

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  •  I liked the cupcakes (1+ / 0-)
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    I was never a twinkie fan but i can't tell you how many times Ive dined on a carton of milk and a pack of Hostess cupcakes

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 04:15:41 AM PST

  •  Note in the linked NYT article on re-creating (2+ / 0-)
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    beloved snack foods, that the author's brief background paragraph on Hostess's demise gives management's side of the story:  "The privately held company maintains that its sales are as stable as the shelf life of a Twinkie, but according to its bankruptcy filing, Hostess has been bedeviled by pricing pressures and crushing pension and other labor costs."

    That's unfortunate and perhaps the article's author should be disabused of her incorrect notion.  If there's an online comments section to the article, folks should write in and post comments about the truth of the situation.

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 05:27:58 AM PST

  •  Here's the email I sent to Jennifer Steinhauer, (1+ / 0-)
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    the author of the NYT article that was linked.  You can click on her name at the article site and send an email to her:

    Hi, in your article on re-creating Hostess snack foods, you incorrectly give management's side of the story only in your brief paragraph discussing Hostess's demise.  You say nothing about how management gave themselves huge raises (the CEO who had been there less than one year gave himself a 300 percent raise) and borrowed against the employee pension fund to do so--- then turned around and went to bankruptcy court, where it was ruled that management didn't need to pay the pensions back, thus destroying employee pensions.  Management got to keep the raises from the money they'd taken from the pensions.  That's robbery.  Saying "labor costs and employee pensions were too big a burden" is entirely lopsided, putting blame on the employees and exonerating management for their bad decisions and bad faith negotiating.   It was a very nice article on recipes and on memories of Hostess foods, but the nostalgia should have been seasoned with a dose of reality about what really brought Hostess foods down.  

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 05:36:30 AM PST

  •  You cannot vacuum pack a Twinkie (1+ / 0-)
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    Experiments in a Bell jar indicate the air trapped in the luscious buttercream escapes, never to return.

    Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. Kurt Vonnegut

    by ToKnowWhy on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 06:04:43 AM PST

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