When was the last time you took a peek – and we mean really looked at – the herbs and spices in your cabinet? Herbs and spices don’t spoil like fresh food. But they do lose their flavor and potency after a period of time. To ensure your herbs and spices are making a flavorful impact on your favorite dishes:
• Aroma should be strong
• Taste should be potent
• Color should be vibrant
If your spice or herb doesn't meet these freshness standards, check the "best by" date on the bottle. It may be time to toss and replace. You'll notice a powerful flavor difference in your dishes instantly!
To ensure all of your dishes delight friends and family year-round, take a few minutes to check the freshness of your herbs and spices once a year.
Check the freshness date on the bottom or side of the bottle to help keep track of when it's time to Toss Out Stale Spices.
Do you know the signs of aging? Except for black pepper, McCormick spices in rectangular tins are at least 25 years old!
Aroma = Flavor. Rub or crush the spice or herb in your hand. Is the aroma weak? Is the flavor apparent? If not, it's time to replace.
Storage = Flavor. Store herbs and spices in tightly capped containers and keep away from heat, moisture and direct sunlight. Replace bottle lids tightly, immediately after use.
Check the "best by" date. McCormick products are dated to ensure you get the most flavor in your dishes.
Color = Flavor. Is the color of your herbs and spices vibrant? If it has faded, chances are, so has the flavor.
Give your spice cupboard a spring cleaning. You'll freshen up favorite flavors...and make room to discover new ones!