When it comes to spices, almost every kitchen has a lot of them. A large number of people is lead by the rule “six months” – changing the complete spices every six months – but it seems that it is too early. Besides, spices are not exactly cheap.
How much and which spice can endure?
* Gound spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric): 2-3 years
* Grasses and herbs (oregano, parsley, basil): 1-3 years
* Seasonal mix of spices: 1-2 years
* Complete spices (peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, cloves): 4 years
* Seeds: 4 years (except in the case of sesame and poppy seeds should be replaced at the latest after two years)
* Extracts: 4 years (except vanilla extract which takes forever)
Some spices, such as poppy seeds, chili peppers, sesame seeds and red peppers can be kept refrigerated to remain fresh for a long time and be of intense colors. Do not make second thoughts whether to replace the spices or not – from the ones of poor quality you have nothing to gain.