When was the last time you looked at your spices? Do they still have a bright color, or a strong fragrance? Are they expired?
The USDA defines spices and other foods that can be stored at room temperature as a “Shelf Stable” product that will truly never expire, however, over time the flavor and potency of the spices will diminish. Flavoring extracts can evaporate overtime. Most of the shelf life is between 6 months to 1 year, with the exception of pure vanilla extract. Pure vanilla extract can improve with age if stored in a dark cool place.
Try these tips to keep your spice rack on track!
-Keep spices in the original bottles or store in air tight containers.
-Add the date you purchased spice on the bottle for a quick reference.
-Read the manufactures label, most of the time there is an expiration date.
-Store in a dark cool place.
Take a look at some of the popular spices and a suggested shelf life.