Tip of the Day: Shelf-life of Herbs and Spices

Bottled herbs and spices lose their potency over time. When buying them, label bottles with the purchase date to keep track of their freshness. Herbs lose their potency after about 6 months, while spices tend to stay fresh a bit longer. Whole spices, such as cloves and peppercorns can last up to 2 years while ground spices last about 1 year. To test for strength, crumble a bit in your hand and smell – if the scent is faint, use more than called for in the recipe to use up rest of bottle more quickly, then start fresh – and don’t forget to label the bottle!
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Image from Camille Soulayrol

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One response to “Tip of the Day: Shelf-life of Herbs and Spices

  1. Oh, and did not know about it. Thanks for the information …

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