Determining Whether Spices Are Still Good

Almost every cook gets a full rack of prefilled spice jars at some point, but few use them all up. Here are tips for making sure that the herbs and spices you cook with are not too old to properly season your food. This is a guide about determining whether spices are still good.


August 9, 2011 Flag
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Here are some general shelf-life guidelines for spices:

Leaving your spices in their original containers will help, because you will have their expiration dates. If you prefer to transfer them to different containers, try putting the expiration date onto a small sticker that you can put on the new bottle. If there isn't an expiration date for some reason, make note of when you purchased the spice.

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July 20, 20140 found this helpful

I have cloves and bay leaves that are more than 15 years old and they are almost as good as the day I bought them. Whole spices I keep untill they are gone.

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August 9, 2011 Flag
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If you find yourself debating on whether to use a spice that doesn't have an expiration date, try these methods to see if they are still good:

Here are a few tips to help keep your spices fresh and usable:

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