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CathyZ from Kauai

There is a general rule: anything over a year old should be tossed

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Posted to Thread #30401 at 4:14 pm on Jul 15, 2018

Smelling them won't really give you a guide- the pungency of spices and herbs deteriorates and how would you gauge what something USED to smell like?

Generally the herbs and spices you use get used up so you buy fresh ones and the ones you never or hardly ever use are the ones that get tossed. It isn't that old herbs and spices will hurt you but if you use old ones the pungency is not there so why bother.

I have a lot of herbs and spices but I do go through them and toss the old ones every year. Some are kept in the freezer and I do keep those longer as they seem to hold up better.

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