Are Those Spices Still Good?

Have you ever opened your kitchen cupboard and realized that your spices or dried goods have been there for quite some time? How long should you keep these items? How long do your spices maintain their flavor?

Here are some guidelines to help you get the food in your kitchen up to date.

Vegetable oils last for approximately 6 months when stored in a cool dark place. Nut oils last 3 months but should be refrigerated.

Red wine, white wine and aged balsamic can last up to one year when stored in a cool, dark place.

Beans & Grains
Lentils, peas, and beans can be stored for up to one year. Cornmeal should be stored in the freezer for freshness.

Baking Ingredients
Extracts last several years and yeasts lose their potency after approximately one year.

Store in well sealed containers. Double wrap brown sugars to keep them moist or add a slice of brown bread to soften up hardened sugar.

Onions and garlic last approximately one month in the pantry. Dried mushrooms will last several months.

Store in airtight containers away from light and heat. Spices will lose their flavor naturally after approximately one year or faster if stored incorrectly.

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