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    Just a handy site if you have bought McCormick spices, and want to know when they were packaged, and how long they still retain their freshness.

    http://www.mccormick.com/freshflavor

    Even if you didn't get their spices, there is a suggested expiration date for various spices, and hints on how to tell of they will still work for you.

    I checked mine, and needless to say, it is good that I don't depend on spices for my food flavors. Although I think they still work all right.

    A hint: if they are in rectangular tins, they are at least 15 years old, and also if they listed Baltimore as the location.

    (One of my tins listed 29 cents as the purchase price! It was not McCormick, so I can't find out the age. I think I don't really want to know, but it also was not a spice.)
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    Well, in my cupbaord there is: celery salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and cinnamon. All were bought when I first moved in 8 years and one month ago. The celery salt and garlic powder are about half gone, the rest are hardly used. I don't use them much, LOL! I also have white pepper which is new, I use it in my potato soup. I never would have believed I would ever be able to eat ANYTHING with the word pepper in it, but somehow I ended up liking a bit of white pepper in my potato soup.

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    • #3
      I guess the ones I use are current. As for the others...
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      • #4
        Originally posted by calicokitty
        Just a handy site if you have bought McCormick spices, and want to know when they were packaged, and how long they still retain their freshness.

        http://www.mccormick.com/freshflavor

        Even if you didn't get their spices, there is a suggested expiration date for various spices, and hints on how to tell of they will still work for you.

        I checked mine, and needless to say, it is good that I don't depend on spices for my food flavors. Although I think they still work all right.

        A hint: if they are in rectangular tins, they are at least 15 years old, and also if they listed Baltimore as the location.

        (One of my tins listed 29 cents as the purchase price! It was not McCormick, so I can't find out the age. I think I don't really want to know, but it also was not a spice.)
        According to your article, I think that my spice rack qualifies for a paleobotany exhibit. I win in the 15 year plus category. Some of the spice bottles still have packing tape stuck to them from when I moved to Vancouver from Edmonton 17 years ago. Guess I will keep them as at least they look nice in my spice rack. Obviously don't use them much. Strangely, the Cayenne Pepper still seems pretty hot to me.

        mw & mw
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        • #5
          Originally posted by MW&MW
          According to your article, I think that my spice rack qualifies for a paleobotany exhibit. I win in the 15 year plus category. Some of the spice bottles still have packing tape stuck to them from when I moved to Vancouver from Edmonton 17 years ago. Guess I will keep them as at least they look nice in my spice rack. Obviously don't use them much. Strangely, the Cayenne Pepper still seems pretty hot to me.

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          That's all right. I think some of my Baltimore packaged spices were done while Maryland was still a colony! LOL
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          • #6
            Originally posted by calicokitty
            That's all right. I think some of my Baltimore packaged spices were done while Maryland was still a colony! LOL
            Hmm, I think I see some cash generating potential here. Spices from the 13 colonies. Ebay will be flooded with inquiries.

            mw & mw
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            • #7
              ROFL...am I the only one here who uses cooking herbs and spices a lot? After weeding out the ones I'm allergic to, I have (and use regularly, none in my cupboard are a year old since I go through them a lot):

              cinnamon
              cloves
              allspice
              poppyseed

              parsley
              basil
              thyme
              rosemary
              tarragon
              sage
              oregano
              marjoram
              dill weed
              mild paprika
              onion powder (not salt)
              lemon grass
              cilantro

              hazelnut extract
              peppermint extract
              maple flavoring

              I had to give up lemon pepper, black and red pepper, nutmeg and ginger, mace, lemon extract, and, as much as possible, vanilla.

              Sweeteners in the house: maple syrup, fruit concentrate sweetener, fructose, date sugar, maple sugar


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              • #8
                Originally posted by Yasmine
                ROFL...am I the only one here who uses cooking herbs and spices a lot? After weeding out the ones I'm allergic to, I have (and use regularly, none in my cupboard are a year old since I go through them a lot):

                cinnamon
                cloves
                allspice
                poppyseed

                parsley
                basil
                thyme
                rosemary
                tarragon
                sage
                oregano
                marjoram
                dill weed
                mild paprika
                onion powder (not salt)
                lemon grass
                cilantro

                hazelnut extract
                peppermint extract
                maple flavoring

                I had to give up lemon pepper, black and red pepper, nutmeg and ginger, mace, lemon extract, and, as much as possible, vanilla.

                Sweeteners in the house: maple syrup, fruit concentrate sweetener, fructose, date sugar, maple sugar


                Yazza <who used 7 herbs before breakfast in her gluten free, maple-flavored pumpkin cookies and the turkey stew that is in the crockpot).
                Actually, we grow many of those in our garden:

                parsley
                basil
                thyme
                rosemary
                tarragon
                sage
                oregano
                marjoram
                dill weed
                cilantro

                We also have chili peppers to dry and have had a bumper crop of tomatoes, eggplants, zuchini, carrots, peas.

                Many of the herbs survive through the winter so we don't have to resort to bottled spices. The delicate ones like basil, we freeze or dry ourselves so we rarely need to use the bottled spice.

                mw & mw
                Theo and the Bee and me, Maggie Forever! (January 1988- June 19, 2010), Irving Always! (March 1987 - October 25, 1999) Vancouver, BC

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by calicokitty
                  Just a handy site if you have bought McCormick spices, and want to know when they were packaged, and how long they still retain their freshness.

                  http://www.mccormick.com/freshflavor

                  Even if you didn't get their spices, there is a suggested expiration date for various spices, and hints on how to tell of they will still work for you.

                  I checked mine, and needless to say, it is good that I don't depend on spices for my food flavors. Although I think they still work all right.

                  A hint: if they are in rectangular tins, they are at least 15 years old, and also if they listed Baltimore as the location.

                  (One of my tins listed 29 cents as the purchase price! It was not McCormick, so I can't find out the age. I think I don't really want to know, but it also was not a spice.)
                  You ought to take some of those spices and get an appraisal at the Antiques Roadshow <GGG>!

                  Since we just moved 5 years ago, none of my spices are older than that -- though some we probably purchased the week we moved in here. We go through spices fairly quickly, and I date them when I put them on the shelf, so none of them hangs around TOO long! Heck, 5 years is practically new!
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                  • #10
                    I think the oldest can in my cabinet is cream of tarter, so it is not a spice. I have used it a few times when I have been beating egg whites. As everyone knows, just a dash of the yoke getting into the mix, and you have a battle on your hands to get a good whip. But, add a pinch of cream of tarter, and they beat up nicely. Except for vanilla, I don't think any of my spices are less than twenty years old. But I don't have too many.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MW&MW
                      Actually, we grow many of those in our garden:

                      parsley
                      basil
                      thyme
                      rosemary
                      tarragon
                      sage
                      oregano
                      marjoram
                      dill weed
                      cilantro

                      We also have chili peppers to dry and have had a bumper crop of tomatoes, eggplants, zuchini, carrots, peas.

                      Many of the herbs survive through the winter so we don't have to resort to bottled spices. The delicate ones like basil, we freeze or dry ourselves so we rarely need to use the bottled spice.

                      mw & mw
                      I'd love to have an herb garden and I know my landlord would let me, but let's face it, I hate the thought of starting something I may have to leave in a couple of years if we can buy our own house. And I've got a few baskets on the deck of flowers, but I use far more herbs than I can grow in a basket. *grins* The tomatoes, man, if I could get away, I'd come raid your garden.

                      Yazza
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                      I love the smell of espresso in the morning.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by calicokitty
                        Just a handy site if you have bought McCormick spices, and want to know when they were packaged, and how long they still retain their freshness.

                        http://www.mccormick.com/freshflavor

                        Even if you didn't get their spices, there is a suggested expiration date for various spices, and hints on how to tell of they will still work for you.

                        I checked mine, and needless to say, it is good that I don't depend on spices for my food flavors. Although I think they still work all right.

                        A hint: if they are in rectangular tins, they are at least 15 years old, and also if they listed Baltimore as the location.

                        (One of my tins listed 29 cents as the purchase price! It was not McCormick, so I can't find out the age. I think I don't really want to know, but it also was not a spice.)
                        I don't buy a lot of spices for that reason. Right now none of mine are over 2 years old. I've never looked for an expiration date, so I'll have to check.
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                        • #13
                          I found that website very interesting...I always just went by the look and smell and taste, regardless of actual age.

                          I grew herbs this spring/summer and ended up with 37 kinds. All my gardening was in containers, which might be something for you to consider since they are certainly mobile should you move. I had about 9 of these clay pots with an assortment of herbs, along with tomatoes in hanging baskets. And 7 balcony boxes, with 10 lettuces and marigolds.

                          I closed up my garden a few weeks ago because we're hitting 25-30 Fovernights now (-3 to 0 C). I dried a great many (see pic), but I probably won't use them cooking. I transferred them from the big balcony pots to little 4" pots for indoors over the winter - and have about 20 of the original 150 that I had in the spring. I bought a Grow-Lite and will attempt to carry them through the winter months. I have a cinnamon basil and French Tarragon I particularly don't want to lose.

                          #1 most used herb for me is Dill. I couldn't grow enough for my own use, so had to buy several during the summer - and still didn't have enough.

                          So, I know everything is fresh.

                          But I do have a container of cinnamon which is questionable...but it does me just fine.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Yasmine
                            I'd love to have an herb garden and I know my landlord would let me, but let's face it, I hate the thought of starting something I may have to leave in a couple of years if we can buy our own house. And I've got a few baskets on the deck of flowers, but I use far more herbs than I can grow in a basket. *grins* The tomatoes, man, if I could get away, I'd come raid your garden.

                            Yazza
                            Yeah, I know what you mean. We never really got serious about gardening until we had our own place although, you can do a lot with pots. The rosemary tree (yes tree) we have started out as a sprig at the place we rented and moved with us as did a number of roses and a bunch of oregano and sage.

                            mw & mw

                            We have tomatoes to die for this year and far more than we can eat. We just spent the weekend making tomato basil sauce to freeze and sun drying some tomatos as well. Raid may garden please we still have tons of lemon boys and golden girls (weird names huh?)

                            mw & mw
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                            • #15
                              That little rosemary is how our bush / tree started out. It moved with us and now is huge. I planted it the garden and it has no problem surviving the winter although it would in your neck of the woods.

                              mw & mw
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