How Long Do Dried Herbs and Spices Last?

How long can spices be kept?

Carol from AZ

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September 2, 20081 found this helpful

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.

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Still have 1/4 bottle left. The aroma and color are fresh and spicy. Everyone raves about the pie!

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By anneK (Guest Post)
September 16, 20080 found this helpful

If it's McCormick and made in Baltimore it is more than 15 years old. Throw it out!

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August 9, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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January 18, 20180 found this helpful

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?

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By Tam (Guest Post)
July 17, 20050 found this helpful

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/.../content.cfm?id=10357

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September 3, 20120 found this helpful

I found this at StillTasty.com. Look under "Tips". www.stilltasty.com/.../18123

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