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Old 09-11-2006, 06:58 PM   #1
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How Long Do Dried Herbs & Spices Keep?

How long can you keep dried herbs and spices?

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Old 09-11-2006, 07:00 PM   #2
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I heard you should replace them after 8 months but I don't know if anyone really does that or not lol
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:17 PM   #3
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I've heard six months for herbs and ground spices. You get a longer shelf life (maybe as long as two years) with spices like cumin, corriander, and nutmeg if you buy the whole seeds and grind them yourself.
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:23 PM   #4
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Smell them. When they do not have a strong smell anymore then they will not have a stong taste either.
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:47 PM   #5
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I have had some that were still very strong after 5 years. Some will weaken over time and some will get stronger. GB is right about the smell; taste them if you want, also to decide.
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:49 PM   #6
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My mother still has the same cream of tartar she got when she got married back in 1956. You couldn't pay me to eat anything she produces with meringue I think she still has the same ground mustard, too.

Dried herbs and spices have a definite shelf life. I usually change mine with the seasons. All sorts of variables can effect their taste and quality. Humidity, heat, cold...all these conditions have an effect. Unfortunately, herbs and spices are expensive and it's hard to toss something out.

Buy small and use it often. That way, you never have much to toss. You will notice a difference if your herbs and spices are always fresh.
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:55 PM   #7
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I would like to change them with the seasons but that would run me about $200 or so.
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:56 PM   #8
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My mother still has the same cream of tartar she got when she got married back in 1956...
Ah, the wisdom of the older generation. Cream of Tartar is a chemical salt and should last forever. So if mom offers you lemon meringue pie, forget the meringue and check the lemons.
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:57 PM   #9
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I would like to change them with the seasons but that would run me about $200 or so.
As I said, it does tend to get expensive. But, common sense will tell you if you only purchased something a month ago, it's still okay..
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It's important to store them properly. I keep mine in a drawer, away from the light. And make sure the lids are on tight.

As others have said, smell is your best indicator.
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