November's here, and holiday cooking will soon be in full swing. Do you know how old your spices are?
Fresh, savory seasonings are a must during the holiday season--but in many kitchens, jars and tins of spices languish for years, losing flavor over time.
Check your spice rack for freshness today. Newer products often include a "use by" date as a guideline. Otherwise, open each jar, and use your eyes and nose! A spice that has caked, changed color or lost it's smell should be replaced.
No "use by" dates on your containers? Try these general rules:
- Ground spices: 2-3 years
- Whole spices: 3-4 years
- Blends: 1-2 years
- Herbs: 1-3 years
- Extracts: 4 years (excepting vanilla, which keeps indefinitely)