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kc72 Nov 12, 2007 02:52 PM

Does it go bad? What's its shelf-life?

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    kittyfood RE: kc72 Nov 12, 2007 02:58 PM

    It doesn't really go bad unless it gets buggy, but it does gradually lose potency. Sniff to see if it still smells good; you might have to add a little more than if it were fresh to get the right taste. I know that many experts advise throwing out all your spices once a year and replacing them with fresh ones, but that's not really necessary. On the other hand, those 38-year old herbs and spices we found when we emptied my mother's house after she died were discarded without compunction.

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      jlafler RE: kc72 Nov 12, 2007 03:08 PM

      Whole nutmeg should last for years. Just don't grate it until you're ready to use it.

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