Comments: Spice Girl

I recently threw out some ginger that I'd had since moving out on my own in 1982. And I only did that because YsD moved her spices in and there was no room at the inn for ginger any more.
I'd never used it. ;)

Posted by pam at December 9, 2007 03:28 AM

I can't figure out where the hell the coriander came from. There's a full jar of it in the spice drawer. It's never even been opened. If I bought it, I can't remember why. Does anyone even know what coriander is used for?

Posted by Peggy U at December 9, 2007 03:49 AM

Great... first my baking soda and powder... now i have to look at spices???

Posted by vw bug at December 9, 2007 09:17 AM

Even though it smells "spicy", the flavor will be very weak. Just before Thanksgiving every year, I go through all my spices and make a list of things that are older than a couple of years, then buy new.

Fresh spices do make a difference.

Posted by Ted at December 9, 2007 09:46 AM

Pam- You win! 1982 is 10 years on the oldest spice I had!!!

Peggy- I looked it up and it said its cilantro? Blech! Or something like it? It said Indian food... I suspect if it is in the cilantro family, I would not like it. I will say, I have no coriander in my spice cabinet.

VW- Funny you should say that. YOU were one of the first people I thought of. I was remembering what you were saying about throwing all of the powder and soda out, which I did when I was cleaning it the first time.

Ted! You are not helping here! Gah! I am guessing I will probably replace the old stuff as I need to use it. No sense replacing something I'll never use only for it to go bad unopened.

Posted by Bou at December 9, 2007 10:40 AM

I love cilantro/coriander. For some people it tastes metallic or soapy, but not for me. I use the dried spice in my cajun mix, and fresh in salads, guacamole, thai food.

And I'm with you Bou, I'm sure some of my spices are way too old, but they are staying put!

Posted by Fleat at December 9, 2007 02:58 PM

I have spices that are older than my son times two.

Posted by Lukie at December 9, 2007 05:13 PM

This actually makes me feel a lot better. I have spices from 2001, some that have sat in storage units boxed up for a year. They still work, but I've wondered in the back of my mind if I need to get rid of them.

I think I'm fine...

Posted by Sissy at December 9, 2007 08:26 PM

I'm glad you can't see my "best if used by" date... but I'm hopeful as well, that if you could, I'd be safe, cause you're cheep God bless you... and no, I ain't clumpy... yet. Fine as frog hair am I.

But you didn't ask "What if you were one of my spices?" did you?

Posted by RedNeck at December 9, 2007 08:50 PM

Peggy? I use mine for chicken enchiladas.....

Posted by Tammi at December 10, 2007 05:41 AM

I'm with Ted. Spices lose all their flavor after a few years - some after just months - and there's no point in putting it in your food if it ain't gonna taste right.

Of course, so many of us grew up eating food cooked with outdated, worn-out spices and herbs that we don't even know what some foods are supposed to taste like.

What happens when spices get really old? This. Be warned.

Posted by Elisson at December 10, 2007 04:05 PM

Spices? What's this 'spices'? (I hate to cook, can't you tell?)

Posted by Mrs. Who at December 10, 2007 06:08 PM