Spice expiration date: Signs of spice expiration date that you should know!
Spices are an indispensable staple in any kitchen, but like any other food, they have a specific shelf life. Depending on its quality and methods of processing and storage, it may have a shelf life of one to four years.
In this article, we'll reveal to you the shelf life of spices and how to spot expiration.
It is worth noting that dried herbs such as basil, thyme, rosemary and bay leaves usually have a shelf life of one to three years. As for seasoning powders such as dried ginger, garlic powder, cinnamon powder, chili powder, and turmeric powder, their shelf life ranges from 2 to 3 years.
Whole spices like ground pepper, coriander, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, cumin, whole nutmeg etc. usually have a longer shelf life, maybe up to 4 years unless something bad happens.
The only exception, which can be used indefinitely, is salt.
Signs of expired spices:
Spices spoil when they lose their flavor, strength and color to a large extent, but this usually does not cause health problems in humans. We can tell if spices at home or in the store work by examining smell and taste. It is also recommended to rub or grind a small amount in the palm of your hand. If the smell is strong on your hands, this means that the spices are still in the expiration date, but if the taste and smell are weak, then this means that they have expired.