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A Gentle Reminder to check your spices

Before you start your seasonal cooking and baking, check the expiration dates on all your spices. I wasn't happy with the way my dishes tasted, so I thought maybe they were too old and lost their oomph. Sure enough I had many which were very old..like 10 years. I threw out the old and long expired ones, and started a brand new collection. WHAT a difference! Things taste much better now.
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Re: A Gentle Reminder to check your spices

@AnyaK,

A good reminder! I bet a lot of us rarely think of looking at those. I used to think spices lasted for years.

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Re: A Gentle Reminder to check your spices

I went through my spices yesterday and threw out a lot of them. I'm finding that replacing them is very expensive! 

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Re: A Gentle Reminder to check your spices

I use my mom's original glass McCormick spice jars. I keep refilling them.

 

@AnyaK - You gave me a good reminder to keep track of my refills . I will write down the dates now. I just refilled my Cayenne jar last night (I wash the jars in between refills and make sure they're completely dry.) Thank you!   Smiley Happy

 

 

 

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Re: A Gentle Reminder to check your spices

I totally agree and check mine regularly. Fresh spices make all the difference along with the brand you buy. You get what you pay for.

 

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Re: A Gentle Reminder to check your spices

@AnyaK  Thanks! A timely reminder to check BEFORE we all start baking.  I check the baking powder and baking soda too.  HAPPY BAKING!

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Re: A Gentle Reminder to check your spices

I mentioned this once before on a previous thread but will share again. I really hate to throw away old spices. But, of course, it's best not to use old ones in baking or cooking. But I have a way to use up the old ones and not waste them.

 

During the holidays I like to keep one of those aromatic simmering pots (like below) on the stovetop to scent my kitchen/home. Along with the fresh items I use in the pot like oranges or lemons, I just put some of the old spices in there, too. They work pretty well and I don't end up totally wasting them. They might give the mixture a bit of a muddy look but I don't care. I've used ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, whole cloves, and old cinnamon sticks too....whatever I have that I think might smell good in the simmering pot. This way I don't feel so bad about letting my spices get too old for use in baking. I keep all my too old spices in a big Ziplock bag labeled for use in my simmer pot.

 

 

an orange simmer pot on the stove

 

 

  

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Re: A Gentle Reminder to check your spices

It is a good reminder but I do this routinely.   As a matter of fact I line mine up by expiration date, this way it's much easier to keep track.   You have to be careful with dried spices as some develop parasites after expiring.  It's disgusting!

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Re: A Gentle Reminder to check your spices

Other than the date on the bottle or container how can you tell if they are contaminated.  I have spices... lots of them.  Some really never used or opened. 

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Re: A Gentle Reminder to check your spices

Appreciate the reminders & good info @AnyaK  & everybody! Smiley Happy