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Old 01-29-2016, 02:49 PM
 
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I didn't know spices could go bad. I have some spices that I bought 10 years ago that are still fine to use.
I thought the same about cooking oil (vegetable oil).....


I had a large container that I hardly ever used, bought it back in 2004.


I used some of the oil in a vinegar/oil salad mixture and noticed a strange taste. Upon smelling the oil it definitely smelled "burnt" (odd) so I just threw it out.


The new oil I bought did not have any smell!
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Old 01-29-2016, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Chicago. Kind of.
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I thought the same about cooking oil (vegetable oil).....


I had a large container that I hardly ever used, bought it back in 2004.


I used some of the oil in a vinegar/oil salad mixture and noticed a strange taste. Upon smelling the oil it definitely smelled "burnt" (odd) so I just threw it out.


The new oil I bought did not have any smell!
Vegetable oil goes rancid - that's one thing I DO NOT let get old. That's why now that it's just the husband and I and we aren't deep frying anymore, I buy the smaller bottles. I found this on line - that may shed some light on how long various oils last.
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Old 01-29-2016, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Exactly, oil WILL go rancid - you can tell immediately by the smell.
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Old 01-29-2016, 04:21 PM
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Location: Northern Minnesota
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These posts are both gross and disturbing. So many people have so much old garbage in their kitchens? Really? Yuck! Wow!
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Old 01-29-2016, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Chicago. Kind of.
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I don't think I'd call spices that are a little old "garbage" - they're still perfectly fine to use. I have a jar of Herbs de Provence that is probably two years old - I should throw it out? What, exactly, are you referring to?
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Old 01-29-2016, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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Eh...I think Americans don't notice how much the potency of a spice has gone down because soooo many recipes only call for 1/4 tsp. of that and a 1/2 tsp. of this...and if you're REALLY crazy maybe a WHOLE tsp.!

But when you start cooking other ethnic foods like Indian, for example you use TABLESPOONS. Like 3 TBS of coriander and 2 TBS of fennel seeds and a TBS of cumin....and 3 TBS of curry powder. Now, if those are weak, you notice!

Of course, if you go to an Indian store you don't buy a little one or two ounce jar - you get 4 or 8 ounces, some even by the pound! And believe me, they are CHEAP compared to what you get in the typical grocery store. So buy cheap, and go ahead and get fresh after a couple years!
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Old 01-29-2016, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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These posts are both gross and disturbing. So many people have so much old garbage in their kitchens? Really? Yuck! Wow!
Old dried herbs and spices are hardly garbage. It's stupid and wasteful to throw them away.

Rancid vegetable oil, on the other hand ...
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Old 01-29-2016, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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I don't think I'd call spices that are a little old "garbage" - they're still perfectly fine to use. I have a jar of Herbs de Provence that is probably two years old - I should throw it out? What, exactly, are you referring to?
Exactly. Same with my 40-year-old nutmeg balls.
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Old 01-29-2016, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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Please let me be clear... your spices do not expire.

However, for your own peace of mind and my pocketbook, please continue to throw out your old stuff and buy new. I have a daughter to put through college.











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Old 01-29-2016, 07:33 PM
 
Location: la la land
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spices are dried herbs, they aren't going to spoil or rot as long as they are kept dry, the only thing that can happen to them is they might lose flavor over time. In my experience basil, oregano and rosemary seem to lose their flavor after 2-3 years, but dried chilis, nutmeg and cinnamon seem to last forever.
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