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How Long Are Dried Spices and Herbs Good For?

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

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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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