How Long Should you Hang onto Your Favorite Spices?

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Believe it or not, our favorite spices don’t actually last forever. Digging through your cabinet you may find a dusty container of basil that looks good, but you can’t remember how long it has been in there. Unfortunately spices do have an expiration date but we are here to help you with that.

The good news is that our favorite spices do last a while, so go ahead and buy that larger container because if you frequently use a certain spice, you will most likely run out of it before it expires. Here is a list of some popular spices and their shelf life.

  • Basil dried or ground 2-3 years; Whole 3-4 years
  • Black pepper dried or ground 2-3 years; Whole 5-6 years
  • Cayenne pepper 2-3 years
  • Chili powder 2-3 years
  • Cinnamon ground or dried 2-3 years; Whole 4-5 years
  • Cumin ground 2-3 years
  • Garlic dried or ground 2-3 years
  • Nutmeg dried or ground 2-3 years; Whole 4-5 years
  • Onion dried or ground 2-3 years
  • Oregano dried or ground 2-3 years

These are just a few popular spices to keep in minds. Always look at the label for a “used by” date and remember to keep the spices properly stored. If a spice doesn’t look right to you, then it most likely shouldn’t be used in your food. Also remember that fresh spices has a much shorter shelf life then dried or ground.

We hope this little guide helped you in your spice endeavors!

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