I get asked all the time how long should one keep spices in their cabinet – so I can up with the list below for you to enjoy. If you keep spices too long they lose their flavor – so make sure to throw out any that you have had too long.
Seasoning blends: 18 Months
Herbs: 2 Years
Ground spices: 2.5 Years
Whole spices (such as cinnamon sticks ): 3.5 years
Extracts: 4 years – vanilla has a much longer life of at least 5 years
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