Can you still eat spices that have passed their expiration date?

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Can you still eat spices that have passed their expiration date?

so much food is already wasted in the world each year. But what about spices that have passed their best before date?

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First of all, it is important to know that we are talking about dried spices in this article. Some seasonings such as pepper and Italian herbs you can use very often, while ras el hanout can sit there and gather dust. Few things seem to go wrong with spices; after all, it’s not meat or dairy. But you can’t store them indefinitely either. For products with an expired date, over time they lose their flavor. It helps if you store the jars tightly closed in a dark, cool place. And beyond that, you can adhere to the following.

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  • Ground herbs, such as pepper, will keep for two to three years.
  • Whole herbs, such as peppercorns, will stay fresh for about four years.
  • Leafy spices, often green spices, which you can use for one to three years.
  • Extracts, think vanilla extract, have no expiration date.

When in doubt, put some of the herbs in your hand. Rub and smell it. Is the smell less? Better to throw them away.

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