Apparently, yes, spices do expire. I settled in today to clean out my pantry. A job that has been screaming at me since at least Christmas, if not earlier. Every time I would open up a door to get a seasoning, it would yell “Hey lazy lady, clean me.” It really happened in my head.
I have three doors to my pantry. Each door has 4 shelves and a bottom space (aka dust collector spot) and all sixteen shelves were in bad shape. I started with the spices. I cannot believe how many spices were duplicated or outdated. It was shameful. I usually make fun of my mom and mother-in-law for having outdated stuff and here I am with outdates myself. My head is hung in shame and I will await the teasing calls once my moms have read this. The worst offending item was a unopened bottle of sage that expired in 2006. This is horrible. We moved to this house in 2008. I moved expired stuff with me!
After sorting out all my things and realizing that I had four canisters of bread crumbs I was ashamed of the waste I had been apart of. I tried to recycle the containers, and keep the lids for a project Meg is working on, but it was still weighed heavy on me.
So in the spirit of my goal this year to become more organized, I have decided to make a list of all the spices I have in the cupboard and have it handy, that way when I see a new recipe I can check my list. This will keep me from buying new items because I was to lazy or to unorganized to find out if I had them or not.
The rest of the pantry turned out fine. No big messes to clean, no traces of mice. It looks nice for now and it up to date which gives me a happy feeling. I dropped off a bag of items I don’t use anymore at the Goodwill and feel all reusey now. A real word I swear.
So fess up. What is the most expired item you have ever pulled out of your cabinets? I know that my mom in law had ipecac syrup from the 1980′s in 1999 (shhhh, don’t tell her I told you!).