A: Growing up, I recall the spice cabinet which also doubled as the frosting and sprinkle storage area in my own home as, well, overwhelming. I'm pretty sure there were a couple bottles of something or other in there that were certified antiques, pre-dating the Carter administration. And that ground allspice? I think the sell-by date was 40 A.
The shelf life of spices vary, and you never really need to worry about them going "bad" like other foods do. For example, a bottle of curry powder that's been around a questionable amount of time probably won't make you sick … it will just be less potent. Many folks abide by a "six-month rule" when it comes to discarding most spices. Seems a bit short to me.
I certainly can't afford to replace all of mine twice a year. The folks at McCormick offer "to toss or not to toss" guidelines that are more generous:. Pretty straightforward, eh? Sure, but unless you keep some kind of "purchased on…" checklist inside of your cabinet it's probably hard to keep track of how long each and every spice has been kicking around.
Some spice companies like McCormick do include "best by" dates on the bottles while others don't. The many Fairway brand spices that I own aren't so transparent when it comes to their shelf life. In fact, I was just eying an almost-empty container of dried parsley that I'm pretty sure has been living on my spice shelf for four-plus years. To ensure that your spices are living up to their potent potential, in addition to a "best by" date, McCormick even has a "Fresh Taster" feature on its website where you can plug in a code found on the bottom of each McCormick spice bottle to verify its age and TOSS Toss Old Spices Seasonally accordingly.
And as McCormick notes, if a certain bottle of spice originates from Baltimore, it's at least 15 years old, and if you have Schilling brand spices, they're at least seven years old. If you don't buy McCormick brand spices, there are a couple of things you can do to see if a spice is still good. For starters, simply pour out a little and observe its color.
If the vibrant color has faded, then usually so has the flavor. Over this past summer, I encountered grayish-brown, not red, paprika at a friend's house and remember being wary.
Sure enough, it tasted like "paprika light" and was definitely not worth using. In addition to the color test, you can perform a sniff test as well. If a spice is no longer fragrant, it's probably best to replace it. If a spice has some fragrance left but is far less potent than it used to be, just double the amount called for in a recipe. Also, remember to keep spices, whether of the ground or whole variety, in a cool, dry place away from your stove with their lids securely fastened so that they keep as long as possible.
And don't feel guilty if you have to toss and replace a spice.I am in the middle of cleaning out my cupboards. When I moved out of home over 3 years ago my Mum gave me heaps of curry powder in a jar not the original label. However it probably has a best before date, as in the older it is the less flavour it would have but still be perfectly safe to eat!
Spices lose their pungency really quickly and end up tasting like dust but if it's been kept dry it won't harm you. Personally I'd chuck it and buy some new curry powder. I found some cinnamon in my dad's pantry with a use by date of !! LOL Guess he's not into baking. You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. Sign up for a new account in our community.
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You must store them properly. I suggest that if it is past it's expiration date to just get new ones because even if you use them and even if you don't get sick, they won't taste good. In my experience, curry powder doesnt really go bad in the sense that you cant use it.
can I still use an expired curry powder?
What does happen though is that a lot of the flavour of the spices is lost - think of coffee that has gone past its use by date. Eventually the old curry powder will be practically tasteless and or taste funny. Best and safest is still to throw it out - unless you really, really want a curry bad! Spices will not expire, however curry powders tastes alot better and nicer within months of manufacturing.
To preserve the aroma and taste, re-known manufacturers will normally remove their unsold perishable stocks from the dry stores and replace with new ones. Trending News. CDC adds new signs to list of virus symptoms. Naya Rivera's selfless last act: Saving her son's life. States extend unemployment while Congress debates. Photo of Ted Cruz on a plane with no mask goes viral.
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Answer Save. Favorite Answer. It is fine. It would still be safe to use 5 years from now. The only thing that happens is that it loses some of its taste and gets bland How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer. From what I've heard seasonings is good to use at any time no matter what. Not at all when others are available. Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.Skip to main content. Expired curry powder: will it kill me?
M mitpradikat Member. I found an unopened package of Malaysian curry powder in my pantry on the weekend. The best before date says The ingredients list consists only of dry spices, and I don't imagine any of them being particularly perishable. No evidence of mold as far as I can see through the plastic. Seems a shame to waste it. Any ideas? Original Post. S sleepyhaus Member. I doubt that it is spoiled, but probably the flavors will be muted.
So if you want a more mild curry flavor with something it might not be a bad idea. Personally I might mix in a little new spice, like cayenne, other curry powder, cinnamon.
D dunder Member. Only one way to find out.
How Long Do Spices Last?
W wisad Member. I agree with Sleepyhaus. It'll be fine but the flavours will be pretty muted. C cellarfiend Member. Spontaneous human combustion SHC is likely. T thereweresevenineight Member. This is a joke right? A package of "curry powder" or some other herb you forgot about and happily found again in your pantry? Go ahead and smoke it! Originally posted by MJAlbers: This is a joke right? Mix it into some ground meat for burgers.
R Rothko Member. If you have a pet in the house, feed it to him first and see if there are any adverse reactions. If you don't have a pet, use a neighbor's. Y yhn Member. Originally posted by Rothko: If you have a pet in the house, feed it to him first and see if there are any adverse reactions. Membership Required We're sorry. You must be signed in to continue.What is the average shelf life of curry? How long does curry last in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer? What is the best way to store curry to increase its shelf life?
Find out the answers to these questions and more below:. Curry is a combination of dried spices and fresh herbs put together to make a sauce. The sauce can act as a base or for adding extra flavor. Both in Indian cuisine and Thai cuisine, the word Curry is used to describe a dish of meat or vegetables usually with some sort of gravy present.
The gravy is the combination of spices, vegetables, and herbs with the whole dish referred to as a Curry. Cooked Curry can be kept in the fridge for up to a week. The long cooking process kills most if not all bacteria present, the water content of the dish can lead to the growth of fungus and bacteria. Curry powder uses a combination of ground spices usually catering to a specific dish.
Curry powder can be made at home but requires the purchasing of individual ingredients that have to be ground and mixed together.
How Long Can You Keep Dried Spices?
There is certain Curry paste like the one used in Thai cooking which uses shrimp as an ingredient. If you have any allergies, do go over the ingredients list to put your mind at ease.
Curry powder after being taken out of the packet should be stored in an airtight container. The container can be placed in the pantry, on the counter, or in the cabinet. Cooked Curry should be placed in the fridge and will last around a week.
Curry can be frozen too and can be defrosted in the microwave or at room temperature. After defrosting put the curry back on the stove, heat, and mix to restore a uniform taste. When storing Curry in a box go for a lid. The lid prevents air from reacting with the food and Curry can have a strong aroma which will be absorbed into the fridge. Curry powder can be measured and transferred using a spoon or measuring cup. As long as there is no water on the utensil, a simple wipe can make it clean.
Cooked curry usually contains a noticeable amount of oil. The oil left on a plate dries and hardens. When this happens, not only does it require more elbow grease to deal with it but can give off a foul odor.
There are different methods of working with curry paste, powder, and sauce.Any ground powdered spice loses flavor over time. If it has an expiration date, it probably means it is no longer considered fresh beyond that date.
Your answer depends on how far beyond the date it is. If a short time, I'd say go for it, but use a little bit more than usual to compensate for flavor loss, other wise you should toss it and buy fresh. Personally, I never use curry powder, I use the whole dried spices, or grind the spices and add seperately.
It does not exactly expire, but depending on how you store it you can see a lot of flavor loss. I have found this particularly to be the case with highly flavored spice mixtures like curry powder rather than individual spices like cinnamon.
You can prolong the life of any spice by storing it in an airtight container in the freezer - a handy trick for some of the more expensive things you might not use often like cardamom. And of course, buy things in small quantities that you will use up quickly. There are a number of companies online that provide bulk spices at very good prices.
Great places to look if you want something unusual. I buy many of my spices, though, in "bulk" at the local "health food" store because I can buy just a tablespoon of something if that is all I need. We just clean and refill spice jars. If it's kept in a dry cool place, it won't contaminate you because there's no moisture in spices. The answer is yes, you can use expired curry powder. Trending News. CDC adds new signs to list of virus symptoms. Naya Rivera's selfless last act: Saving her son's life.
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How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer. Hope Leslie Shy Lv 7. Yes, but spices slowly lose their flavor after the expiry date. Still have questions?How long do spices last?
Most spices are plants that have been dried. Drying is a process to extract water in order to preserve foods because no form of life can exist without waterthus thwarting the growth of bacteria. The shelf life of spices depends on the best before date and how the spices are stored. Spices alter the taste of foods and in different combinations recipes can be altered to brand new dishes. So, how long do spices last? When properly stored, the shelf life of spices past their sell by date is Spices last the longest time if they are kept whole and then shaved when needed.
Spices last for a longer period of time if they are stored in a dry environment. A cupboard near the stove is not a good idea since moisture from boiling water can find it's way into a container that is not completely air tight. Although Martha Stewart and probably most professional chefs recommend using ground spices within 6 months, most home cooks do not use enough of most spices to warrant purchasing new ones every 6 months.
If your spices are older but not expired you can use a little bit more to make up for the loss of potency. But remember, spices, like a lot of other baking productsusually have a best before date and not an expiration date.
Because of this distinction, you may safely use spices after the best before date has lapsed. A vibrant color generally means a vibrant taste, so if your spice has lost its vibrant color or changed colors then it has most likely also lost its flavor. If your spice started out green, chances are it will turn yellow or brown as the essential oils in the spice evaporate.
If it started out bright red, it will most likely turn to a dark maroon when it is losing its flavor.
All spices manufactured with a "Schilling" label are at least 7 years old. All Schilling spices purchased in a tin with the exception of black pepper are at least 15 years old. Some people collect these tins, but the spices inside are not worth keeping!
Likewise, if they were manufactured in Baltimore they are at least 15 years old.
The McCormick spice company started putting a best before date on their spices near the end of Prior to that they stamped a code on their product, such as the CY code found on my parsley bottle. Another factor effecting the shelf life of spices is if moisture has entered the container, the spice will become sticky or clump together and not be too good to use. For this reason, it is not good to shake your spice over your pot of steaming stew - instead shake it into a cup or use a dry spoon to retrieve your spice from the jar.
Another test to see if your spices have gone bad is to rub a bit of the spice into the palm of your hand. Take a sniff - nice spices have a nice aroma, so if you don't smell anything you won't get much flavor from using the spice. If you have run out of the spice you need in a recipe, check our substitution page.