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Old 02-02-2019, 08:49 PM   #11
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I wasn't commenting on your choice to buy it - just my surprise at how much the price has gone up. I'm sure the recipients will appreciate it.
We are cool GG. I never thought that you were commenting on my choice to buy it. You are 100-percent right about the current price of Madagascar vanilla -- it is way more than it used to be. I wish I could get it for the old prices. My post was basically saying, "Yeah, it sucks, but I did it anyway."

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Old 02-02-2019, 11:42 PM   #12
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Reading this thread just reminded me to check all my spices exp. dates. I haven't used some in a long time.

I bet some last years after their exp. date.
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Old 02-03-2019, 12:12 AM   #13
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Reading this thread just reminded me to check all my spices exp. dates. I haven't used some in a long time.

I bet some last years after their exp. date.
My experience is that many spices do last a long time, but how long you want to go with any particular spice depends on how essential that spice is to the flavor of a particular food.

What does that mean? Ummm, well... to me, if a particular spice is just one of many spices in a dish where you probably won't taste it anyway, I am willing to go with older spices. But, if the spice in question is the primary flavor in a particular dish, I want to use the freshest possible.

And yes, I have found that some spices age better than others. Of course, I haven't written down any of those observations.

You just brought up a possible new thread. What spices last longer than others?

I can't afford to keep nothing but the freshest spices in my pantry. I'm assuming others here can't either. Maybe we can share what lasts longest, and shortest.

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I keep some spices that I haven't used in 3 years after the expiration date. I threw away a couple of them today.
One of them had almost solidified, I couldn't shake the bottle to loosen up the contents.
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I keep some spices that I haven't used in 3 years after the expiration date. I threw away a couple of them today.
One of them had almost solidified, I couldn't shake the bottle to loosen up the contents.
Yeah, I have to admit that I have thrown away a few jars of rock solid spices. I don't know how anyone can keep nothing but the freshest spices unless you own a restaurant, where you use them by the bottle, or you work on Wall Street.

I do the best I can to keep my pantry fresh, but at some point, by budget says, "NO."

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Old 02-03-2019, 03:30 AM   #16
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Spices last longer than herbs. Although some say your should toss you herbs every six months, others point out that since they are generally harvested once a year, that should be good for storage, too. I've used herbs that are as old as three (or, maybe, older). I give them a sniff test, then sniff some crushed. They usually release an aroma when you crush them. If not, then I replace.

Spices? I probably have some I bought when we first moved here. Nah, probably not that old! But closed up tight in glass or tin, stored in a dark place, they're still aromatic.
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If a spice or herb is no longer aromatic, the flavor is gone also in my experience. Heating some spices and herbs can also bring back some flavor to the dish. For example, when making a Mexican dish, I always add my cumin and Mexican oregano just before sauteing the onions in oil.
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