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)