In case you haven't heard (from any of my recent blog posts) - we're MOVING! And that means, we're PACKING! As Patrick & I packed up the kitchen, we took the opportunity to discard expired food items from our pantry. One item I had a really hard time rummaging through was our various spices. We did not receive a pretty spice rack for our wedding like this beauty:
I did not register for a spice rack for 2 reasons:
1. I did not want extra items cluttering up my counter space.
2. I don't really use many spices (probably because I don't really cook).
Instead, I decided we would just purchase various spices as needed to add to our collection. While packing for the move, I went through our basket of spices and checked all the jars for expiration dates. When I located the date, I wrote the date on the top of the jar with a Sharpie for future reference. I was surprised at how many spice jars did not include an expiration date. I turned to my dear friend Google for help and found this website. McCormick has a fresh tester that allows you to enter a code on the spice jar to find out the "Best By" date. Pretty cool, huh? They also provide a chart that shows the life expectancy of various spices. That made me a happy camper. I estimated how long we had each unknown bottle, checked the chart and wrote a date on the lid.
How do you keep track of your spices?