||[Dec. 29th, 2010|04:31 pm]
We've been sorting out our kitchen. Most of our herbs and spices have gone in the bin. The oldest in the collection passed its use by date in 1996. |
I think my mother still has spices left over from the 60s . . . !
I wonder if she still uses them.
She doesn't really cook, so I doubt it. Next time I am at her house, I should just throw them out!
I'm convinced there is a time portal in our cupboard. How else could outdated foodstuffs end up in there? I actually once found a tin of something that had passed its use by date!
Perhaps we have one of those too.
Keep something like that long enough and it becomes a valuable antique.
I wonder how many pre-decimal tins of lobster bisque are still in existence.
2010-12-29 07:51 pm (UTC)
Guilty here too! When I moved house in 2004, I took everything from the spice cupboard - but I did chuck out the 1994 stuff whe I moved again in 2008
Unless you're making curries every night, spice jars tend to last a long, long time.
2010-12-29 10:09 pm (UTC)
Yes - and they keep much longer than the date suggests - I discarded those that either no longer smelled of their nature, or that I couldn't remember last using
I have some herbs that are much older than that.
Only for incense. I would not inject them at this point.
I did a spice clear-out not so long ago. I had some sage, I think it was, dated as expiring about 10 years ago. I don't think spices go off, though. They just lose flavour.
That's it. Out of date herbs and spices aren't going to do any damage, they're just no longer fit for purpose.