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    Old Spices

    My mom cooked and baked. There are tons of spices in the cabinet that have been there since she died in 2010. A lot have been opened and there are some extracts as well. I hate to throw them away but I figure if they're that old they can't be good...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertBerean View Post
    My mom cooked and baked. There are tons of spices in the cabinet that have been there since she died in 2010. A lot have been opened and there are some extracts as well. I hate to throw them away but I figure if they're that old they can't be good...?
    Spices generally do have a shelf life. Especially if they've been open. I don't know if they could make you sick but rather they've lost their taste and aroma.

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    Throw them out they can make you sick.

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    Since this is about Old Spice



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    Some of them are like whole hazelnuts. But yeah, I really am leaning towards just dumping them. It's just... they're my mom's stuff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertBerean View Post
    Some of them are like whole hazelnuts. But yeah, I really am leaning towards just dumping them. It's just... they're my mom's stuff...

    The nuts might be rancid unless they've been in the freezer. Spices likely won't hurt you if they're old, but their flavour will be greatly reduced. Give them a taste. Extracts, I've had some for more than 10 years and they don't seem to go bad.



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    The smell test will decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    The nuts might be rancid unless they've been in the freezer. Spices likely won't hurt you if they're old, but their flavour will be greatly reduced. Give them a taste. Extracts, I've had some for more than 10 years and they don't seem to go bad.

    I had some vanilla extract well over a decade old that was in a bottle and smelled just as strong as ever but I didn't take a chance and simply got some more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    I had some vanilla extract well over a decade old that was in a bottle and smelled just as strong as ever but I didn't take a chance and simply got some more.
    Don't extracts tend to have a high alcohol content? That would tend to preserve them, yes?
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    I have powdered spices where some are probably over 10 years old. As long as they smell and taste OK (sprinkle some on your hand and smell and taste them) they are fine. Like others have said, usually the only thing that goes wrong is that they can lose their scent and flavor.

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