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FIREWOMN Posts: 634
1/28/13 1:13 P

Yes, they lose flavor over time. Store them in airtight containers away from heat and they will last longer. Near the stove is not a good location for spices and herbs. I buy small amounts at the Bulk Barn and turf them out every New Years. That way I don't waste much, and I get good flavorful recipes all year.

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1/27/13 7:32 P

Interesting...I didn't realize spice companies had that on their websites. I'll have to check that out! Otherwise, I do the sniff test as others mentioned as well as I try to write on the jars the date I opened them.

I just got rid of quite a few that were expired...or else I just use more of a spice than what is called for to make up for the loss of potency.

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SLSALKIL Posts: 141
1/23/13 12:31 P

Good to know!!

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1/23/13 12:08 P

Newer spices generally have an expiration date. For those that don't, go to the company's website. Most have a place to enter the number on the bottom of the jar. Hit "send" and it gives the expiration date. The sites also have ideas for using the spices. I use it when a spice I bought for one recipe is about to expire.

MASHAMOO Posts: 1,667
1/23/13 12:49 A

Some places sell bulk spices, so you can buy just a little at a time. I mean, how often did you use that "apple pie spice" anyway?

SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
1/18/13 1:58 P

It's a yes-and-no thing. In general, yes they do. But it depends on how you store them and the expiration date is not a good measure.

[1] If your spices are based around essential oils, over time, especially in warm and lit environments they'll oxidize and go rancid ... and start tasting bad

[2] Some spices simply loose most of their flavor over time and go 'stale' ... ground pepper is one of these. Cumin another, and nutmeg, etc.

[3] Plenty of 'dried' spices that are not 'ground' will last a LONG time if you keep them (a) cool, (b) in the dark, and (c) well-sealed. See for example: whole cloves, peppercorns, nutmeg, allspice. You can also freeze whole dried spices that are seeds that need to be ground.

[4] I agree with the 'sniff test' already proposed.

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1/17/13 2:38 P

Yes, they do expire. Some take on a totally different taste.

SLSALKIL Posts: 141
1/14/13 11:56 A

Guess I am telling on myself, but I had a thing of baking powder that expired in 2002 and an onion soup mix from 2009. I threw a grabage bag FULL of stuff out, just like in my pantry. The organization and space is making me feel so empowered!

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1/14/13 11:36 A

I do what CAPECODELITE does... the sniff test. I've had a few spices for years that still smell great, and work fine for cooking. Other ones, not so much. I have noticed the ground spices tend to last longer than the dried leaf type ones. I also keep them in a cabinet versus in a rack on the counter, so maybe that helps too.

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1/14/13 9:05 A

I do not keep any spice for longer than 12 months. No matter how they look or smell. I go to stores that sell a lot of spices. The grocery store may have then on the shelf longer than you may think.

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SLSALKIL Posts: 141
1/13/13 6:09 P

Great idea!

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1/13/13 6:03 P

I just cleaned out my spice cabinet too! I did the "sniff" test. If when I opened the lid, they still had a pungent smell, I kept them.
When I replaced them with new one's, I made sure I bought the smallest bottle available. Spices are expensive; so I was lucky, when I saw they were on sale at the food store, that's when I did the clean out.



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SLSALKIL Posts: 141
1/13/13 5:43 P

I've been in an organizing mood. I cleaned out my pantry, closet and under my bathroom counter, and my next project is my spice cabinet. I'm throwing out anything with an expired date on it, but a lot of the spices don't have dates, so I have no clue if they are expired or still good. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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