[Sca-cooks] How long do whole spices last??
ranvaig at columbus.rr.com
Tue Aug 8 05:39:50 PDT 2006
>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.
Good to see you here again.
I have some whole nutmegs that I bought in '80 or so, kept in a small
glass bottle with a tight stopper. When I use it, I grate off a bit
to a fresh surface, then grate what I need. It's lost some strength,
but still better than ground nutmeg from the store, even when that is
Whole seeds like fennel or coriander, I usually discard any older
than 3 years old. They still have some flavor but not enough to
suit me. I bought the big bottle of black pepper from Sams and it
was gone before I felt the need to discard it, maybe 3 years.
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