Did you know that spices have an expiration date because I had no idea! Just like all other food items, spices expire. Although, it’s not what you’re thinking… you won’t get sick from them however, you will notice that their color and smell aren’t as vibrant or potent.
Over time, spices tend to lose their essence and flavor, which I have started to notice with my spices that I have had for a few years. I have come to learn that usually whole spices will stay fresh for roughly 4 years whereas ground spices are good for about 3 to 4 years. From my personal experience, chili powder, cinnamon, and even basil can lose their potency only after a few months!
Now you may be thinking what I thought which was you now have to throw away all of your spices and buy new ones. I am big on cooking and I use a variety of spices all of the time, so when I found out that I should probably throw my old spices away and get new ones, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on restocking my spice cabinet.
I decided to go to the one place I can always count on when I’m in a pinch… Dollar Tree, of course! They carry a wide variety of $1 spices to help you restock. They have everything from your basic spices like salt, pepper, basil, garlic, and chili powder to your more exotic and seasonal spices such as pink Himalayan salt, rosemary, and even pumpkin spice. Plus, if they go unused after a few years, you won’t feel as bad about throwing them away!
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