How Long Do Dried Herbs and Spices Last?

How long can spices be kept?

Carol from AZ


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.


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.


Thank you and God bless your Company.,

Sincerely yours,

Lyn palmiery

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May 30, 2005

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?

Jean Herbs


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 :

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I found this at Look under "Tips".

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