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Old 09-26-2007, 01:36 PM   #1
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Nutmeg Shelf Life

What's the shelf life of fresh nutmeg? I've been keeping mine in a dark, cool cupboard w/other spices but maybe it would last longer in the freezer??? I only use nutmeg, maybe, twice a month.

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Old 09-26-2007, 01:54 PM   #2
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Hi, Sassy. By fresh nutmeg, do you mean a whole seed, or ground nutmeg? A whole seed will last indefinitely and you can grate it as needed. I keep ground spices in a cool, dark cupboard and replace them once a year.
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You don't even need to replace them. Those nuts will keep indefinitely, and that is much longer than a year.

Once you've started grating it, I probably wouldn't keep that one longer than a year, but I use them up faster than that.

Try adding a couple of grates to your next cooked spinach to add a little pizzaz!
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If already ground then yes it will last longer in the freeze than anywhere else. I never buy pre-ground though. Buy the whole nut and grate it as needed.
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:27 PM   #5
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I've been wondering about how long the whole nuts lasted. I have some I've had for several years, stored in a large baby food jar in my spice cabinet. When I grate it, it's still quite fragrant and flavorful.
Is the same true of cinnamon sticks and whole cloves? I have a lot of those in airtight glass jars.
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:38 PM   #6
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You don't even need to replace them. Those nuts will keep indefinitely, and that is much longer than a year.
FINALLY someone says that the length of time I keep a spice is okay!

'Course, that's the length of time I keep ALL my hundred spices. Including the nutmegs I've started to grate.

I know, I know, I KNOW, okay?

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