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Go through your spice rack and throw away old spices that no longer have a strong smell or color.

How to do it
Open up your spice drawer or pull all the spices down from your spice rack, and figure out what needs to go. Most whole spices keep for three years, and ground spices last about two years. When in doubt, use your eyes and ears: the spice should have a bright color and a strong smell. If it's pale, smells weak, or the texture is off, out it goes.

Why it matters
Bottles of spices are so small that they tend to get packed and moved a lot, or shoved to the back of a drawer again and again. We also may buy a spice for a one-time recipe, never to use it again. Either way, pale paprika and sad sage don't do anyone any good. By culling your spices, you'll free up valuable space and keep dishes spicy, which can help cut down on your use of salt.

Fun Fact
Much of the world's best paprika is produced in Hungary.

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