My stomach is full and my wallet is too.
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I am cleaning out my parents’ house and I have a spice issue. There are tons of spices in little packets, many of them past the expiry date. It doesn’t feel right to throw them all away, especially since a lot of my cooking is kind of experimental anyways.
What I am leaning towards is: keeping whole seeds even if they are out of date, keeping packs of spice that haven’t been open / no seal broken even if they are out of date, keeping seemingly rare and strange things even if they are out of date. I would hate to have to buy a spice just to try a new recipe.
Does this make sense? What do you recommend?
Hi Kathleen, The expirations dates are usually just suggestions for best quality. Usually the flavor and potency diminishes over time with ground spices. Whole seeds keep their flavor longer. I would say that if you open a ground spice packet or jar and can’t smell it, you might as well buy fresh because it won’t flavor your food. :)
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