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Old 10-15-2015, 11:44 PM
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Monumental task, ugh. But you are right, many of them need to go. I won't tell you how old some of them are LOL
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Old 10-17-2015, 04:55 PM
Location: Philaburbia
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Nah, what a waste. I just use more.
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Old 11-06-2015, 07:59 PM
Location: So. California
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I am guilty of keeping longer than I should. I love to try new recipes, but then I am stuck with some spices I may never use again. I wish I had someplace that sold bulk like some of you. It gets expensive to try new stuff! I wish they would come out with smaller containers for a lot of the spices too. That would help.
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Old 11-07-2015, 04:59 AM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Originally Posted by gentlearts View Post
I have been guilty of buying duplicate spices, because I can't find ones I already have. I have some in the corner round about, baking spices in a plastic container, and other spices in two more other plastic containers.

I just finished culling the ones that were old or duplicates, and it feels great. Now, I know what I have, and I know what I need.

It barely took 10 minutes.
I did it, I did it!!!!

Yesterday I went to the Amish spice store and stoked up. Then I came home, took everything out of the spice cabinet (I was amazed at how big the cabinet really is) I threw out old stuff with the exception of the cinnimen which does keep. I did put all the cinnimen (spelling) into on container. I washed out everything, all the shelves, etc. Then I reorganized. Wow, it only took about 15 or 20 minutes and it looks great. Now lets see how long I can keep it looking this way?
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Old 11-08-2015, 07:37 AM
Location: Amelia View
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Originally Posted by maggie2101 View Post
I'm pretty sure I have some spices that are at least 20 years old in my cupboard.
I might be able to beat that. When we cleaned out my great aunt's kitchen back in 1978 we found ancient spices and other foodstuffs. I was a non-cook at the time and figured I'd keep them never thinking that black pepper could ever go bad. Of course I've learned better.

But I've kept some of them for historical reasons, spices made by companies that still exist, like McCormick, but packaging was so different (logos and such). All were in the cute little cans with flip-top openings for choosing to shake or spoon - no little bottles. And what's fun is that the purchase price was stamped on them. Wouldn't it be awesome to be able to buy cinnamon today for 29 cents?

So, some of these spices are sitting next to the Royal's box of custard featuring Howdy Doody we also found in her cabinets (goes back to the 50s). At least I had the good sense to know not to open that box! But I liked the face of Howdy Doody on it.
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