[Sca-cooks] How long do whole spices last??
grizly at mindspring.com
Mon Aug 7 06:49:04 PDT 2006
On Aug 6, 2006, at 11:46 PM, Heleen Greenwald wrote:
> Hello from long-lost Phillipa Seton.
> Can someone tell me how long whole spices last? I have some that
> are at
> least 5 years old.
> Thanks a lot.
> Be well,
That will vary according to how they were stored, how old they were
when you got them, and a number of other factors.
Probably the simplest thing would be to grind a bit and see how it
tastes and smells.
Welcome back, BTW! Don't be a stranger!
Adamantius > > > > > > >
I pulled some whle cubeb out last week that had been sealed in a half pint
jelly jar in a carboard box on a shelf for at least 3 years. I ground some
in a mortar, and the volitiles were still quite bright and pungent. It
probably lost some punch over the years, but I would say that with proper
handling, 5 years is not out of the question. Freezing some spices can make
them last still longer . . . . my long pepper is going on 6 years, or longer
in the freeze, vaccuum sealed. Just like 'new'.
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