Spice Purge 2018

Today we decided to extensively clean the kitchen and bathrooms. That meant bleaching everything and gathering up items for give away. I am astonished at how much stuff we collected over the years that we just don’t use. But we tend to hold onto because of memories or the chance we “may” need it in the future. Both of which are not good reasons to keep stuff. The big question of the day:

Do spices expire?

I found spices and food additives from my childhood back in the early 80’s that have been packed from house to house for no better reason than the fact we always did. Wow! 33¢ for a shaker of tarragon!? What do you use tarragon for??? We also found some unlabeled jars and tried to guess at when it was from or what it was. We have gone through each item and started to dump them.

No idea if spices last forever or not. But our spice cupboard is finally more manageable than ever before. I think we will pick up some more uniform shakers to make the kitchen feel less cluttered. We also found some old gelatin and flavor packets from the 1980’s. Off they went… sorry for the desserts that never were.

We did something similar to our Spice Purge 2018 when we went though our tea cupboard last year. Does tea expire? 🤔

Do you have any idea if spices expire? What spices have you bought to use once and now it sits in your cupboard?

2 comments

  1. fernish · September 17

    Both tea and spices don’t exactly expire, they just lose potency as time goes on. So the older they are, the more you would have to use to get the same effect. Over 5 years old they’re probably best to toss, unless they’re something expensive like saffron. A pinch (not too much) of tarragon is good in beef stroganoff!

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    • Josef Havelka · September 18

      The spices we tossed are ones I “inherited” since the 80’s and 90’s. The jars that just get packed up and travel from home to home.
      Thanks for the tip about the tarragon! I will definitely try that.

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