Hello and welcome back to another Living Big on Less Money series! I am so excited you are here.
Today I want to talk about something that is very important to all of us. We all spend a lot of money on herbs and spices and we want to make sure that when we are busy cooking, we don’t have to worry if our spices and herbs are still good. With this thought in mind, I went on a search to see just how long these flavorful items will last.
As a general rule, whole spices will stay fresh for about 4 years, ground spices for about 3 to 4 years and dried leafy herbs for 1 to 3 years. Ground spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric): 2 to 3 year
You can print this chart and attach it to your cabinet.
It may seem more frugal to purchase the large amount of spices from stores like Costco or Sams, but you must think to yourself, “Will I use one pound of cloves in a year or two?” If the answer is no, then purchase a small container.
Consider stopping by your local Latin market for certain herbs. How about the Oriental Market down the street? I always buy my 5 Spice Powder from there.
Make sure you don’t store your herbs and spices close to your stove. I know it is tempting to keep them in the cabinet that is next to or over your stove, but that is a mistake. Keep them in a cool, dark place. How about the pantry? Take them out as you need them.