Have you checked your spice cabinet lately? If any of your spices look the one above, they are from the 1940′s and could be in a museum. If your cabinet looks like mine did before my last move, you probably have spices in there in the back that are over 10 or 15 years old. Before you get sad about throwing out old spices, think about this: old spices won’t even spice up your food….why would you want to sprinkle your yummy recipe with dried up, unflavorful 10-year-old herbs and spices?
Spices only last about 1 to 4 years. McCormick guidelines for shelf life are:
Ground spices: 2-3 years
Whole spices: 3-4 years
Seasoning blends: 1-2 years
Herbs: 1-3 years
Extracts: 4 years
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