How long can spices be kept?
Carol from AZ
My Mom had a bottle of ground cloves which she used for her Pumpkin Pie. She passed away in 1989 and I still use those cloves in her recipe.
If it's McCormick and made in Baltimore it is more than 15 years old. Throw it out!
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 to check if it is made in Baltimore, i know my dried spices like Rosemary, pesto and the like was already 15 years old now, I do not know if i can use it in my cooking. Can you please help me know.
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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?
Hi Jean, I found this info off of the McCormick website. The shelf life really varies by product. Here's the site : www.mccormick.com/
I found this at StillTasty.com. Look under "Tips". www.stilltasty.com/
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