When was the last time you considered doing a spice cabinet cleanout? Ever?
My cabinet is no stranger to a spice campout of 10+ years. We are forgetful about dry pantry basics without visible expiration dates so often our hoard of spices live in our kitchens forever, traveling from apartment to apartment, 4 rows deep.
When it comes to spices, our inner chef cringes at the thought of tossing a full container of basil into the trash but your practical side has to let them go. It is kind of like your closet cleanout: if you aren’t wearing something, it is time to get rid of it and refresh it with new clothing. No one should be eating spices that are a decade old and expired spices should be replaced.
The key with your spice cabinet is freshness. All spices should have a scent. Although they don’t spoil the way a piece of chicken would, years down the road your spices will likely be lacking the flavor, aroma and health benefits that a fresh container of cinnamon would bring to your dishes.
So, what are reasonable guidelines for your spice life? Get the most from your ingredients with this pinnable chart:
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To make your life easier moving forward with your new spice cabinet, write the expiration date on new bottles that come into your home so you will always know when to ditch them.
Are you brave enough to clean your spice cabinet? Let’s chat below!