One of my spring cleaning tasks this month was to clean out my spice cabinet. It was a mess. And I was certain there were spices in there that I’ve had as long as I’ve been married (7 years). And then, I found this small, three-tier organizer at the Dollar Tree! I instantly thought of my disastrous spice cabinet in which I couldn’t find anything if it got pushed to the back.
So I came home with my little $1.00 shelf and proceeded to purge my cabinet. Now, when I started, ever square centimeter of this shelf in the cabinet was covered so you can see I did a good bit of purging and now I can see more of what I have, thanks to my $1.00 tiered shelf!
Here are some tips for cleaning out your spice cabinet. I have rarely found any spice containers with dates on them! So here are some tips for checking for freshness:
- Are the colors still vibrant or are they faded and washed out?
- Are they still aromatic?
- Do the feel crumbly and brittle?
Shelf life guidelines:
- Herbs last 1-3 years
- Ground spices 1-2 years
- Whole spices 2-3 years
- Extracts 4 years, except for vanilla which lasts forever
- Seasoning blends 1-2 years.
I got these tips from here.