Shelf Life of Spices

Monday , 27, January 2014 Leave a comment


Is your Spice cabinet like your Pantry…the land of the lost?

I opened my Spice cabinet and began pulling out jars that I had no idea I had…

When did I buy this? Is it still good? So off to Google I went and found some info…

  • Ground Spices     2 to 3 years
  • Whole Spices       3 to 4 years
  • Blends                   1 to 2 years
  • Extracts                4 years

Here are some excerpts from the article I found at Spices Inc. :

  • Spices do not spoil but they do lose their strength. Stored in airtight containers in cool dry places spices retain their potency.
  • Whole peppercorns, nutmegs and cinnamon sticks tend to hold on to their flavor for a long time.
  • Potent whole spices, such as cloves, cumin, and cardamom will also last for a long time.
  • Store them in tightly sealed containers in a cool dark place.
  • Never store them above your stove or near other heat sources as heat will degrade the quality.
  • Red spices like chili powder, cayenne pepper and paprika can be refrigerated to prevent loss of color and flavor.
  • Spices such as turmeric, curry powders, ground cloves and paprika should be stored in glass or metal containers as their flavors will lessen if left in original packaging.
  • The best temperature for herbs and spices is below 70º F.
  • To determine whether or not ground spices are still viable gently shake the container with the cap on. Remove the cap after a moment and smell the container to see if the rich smell of the spice is still present.

To read the complete article…follow the link below..

Shelf Life of Spices



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