How Long Do Spices Stay Fresh?

Are you a spice lover? Having a wide variety of these flavor-packed ingredients in your kitchen is a great way to ensure that your meals will never be boring.

It’s easy to have a cabinet full of spices, but are you paying attention to the freshness of these ingredients? A key to always ensuring that your dishes stay delicious is to do your best to maintain the maximum level of freshness in your spice kitchen.

Unfortunately, it’s far too easy to keep certain little-used spices in your cabinet without touching them for months, or even years. We recently found some white pepper in our spice cabinet that hadn’t been touched for over 5 years!

So, how long do spices stay fresh until you need to replace them with new ones?

As a general rule, there are three different guidelines to follow to know how long spices stay good.

If we are talking about whole spices, they will usually be good after being purchased for about 4 to 5 years. This includes things like cinnamon sticks and whole pepper kernels.

Ground spices don’t stay fresh for quite so long. In fact, they usually lose their aroma and flavor about 2 to 3 years after being sold.

Dried herbs aren’t technically spices, but they are often grouped in the same category and kept in the same place in your kitchen. However, they are the shortest-lived option, staying fresh for only about 1 to 2 years.

So, start paying attention to the freshness of your herbs and spices if you want to keep your dishes delicious!