Herbs and spices sit on the shelf for a long time, but their flavor and texture can change. This page is about how long do dried herbs and spices last?
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How long can spices be kept?
Carol from AZ
By KS Granny08/09/2011
I don't think any dried spices "go bad"; they just lose their flavor. Or, of course, get infested. If it's clean, and still smells like it should, go ahead and use it.
Herbs, now, are a little different story. Dried vegetable flakes get tough and leathery; dried leaves (dill, parsley, etc) lose their color and flavor. Again, though, I'm not aware of any health issues.
I have store bought dried herbs and spices (in prepackaged jars) that no longer are fragrant (to my nose) AND since using them for that one 'specific' recipe - so very long ago - I'm not sure when or if I'll use them ever again. So, how long to those store bought dried herbs and spices maintain freshness?
I found this at StillTasty.com. Look under "Tips". http://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18123
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Can anyone tell me how long dried herbs & spices stay good for? Each of them are in a glass container with a tight fitted lid and kept in a dark closet. Thanks.
Self Life - ground spices - 2-3 years
whole spices - 3-4 yearsseasoning blends - 1-2 years
herbs - 1-3 years
extracts - 4 years, except pure vanilla, which lasts indefinitely(04/19/2007)
Rub or crush the spice or herb in your hand. If the aroma is weak and flavor is not apparent, it's time to replace it.Store herbs and spices in a tightly capped container, and keep away from heat, moisture, and direct sunlight. Replace bottle lids tightly immediately after use.
To minimize moisture and caking, use a dry measuring spoon and avoid sprinkling directly into a steaming pot.Check the freshness date on the bottom or right side of the bottle to help keep track of when it's time to T.O.S.S. (04/19/2007)