Tuesday, March 11, 2014

When was the last time you checked the used by dates in the spice cupboard? 

Be honest have you ever checked the used by dates in the spice cupboard?  Watch this little video for a little spice cupboard humour;

The shelf life of spices vary, and you never really need to worry about them going “off” like other food. For example, a bottle of curry powder that’s been around a questionable amount of time probably won’t make you sick … it will just be less potent.
I found some guidelines on the internet (lets see how your spice cupboard compares shall we?)
• Ground spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric): 2 to 3 years
• Herbs (basil, oregano, parsley): 1 to 3 years
• Seasoning blends: 1 to 2 years
• Whole spices (cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks): 4 years
• Seeds: 4 years (except for poppy and sesame seeds, which should be discarded after 2 years)
• Extracts: 4 years (except for vanilla, which will last forever)

I have been looking longingly at our new BBQ now the temperature has finally started to rise and I am ready to get grilling.  To ensure that your spice cupboard is not just gathering dust why not knock up a batch of SOS BBQ Spice Rub (That's Save Our Spices of course!).  Its hot, sweet, salty and is great rubbed onto any meat or fish.  This will also save you some cash as ready made spice mixes tend to be very expensive.



  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Dried Chillies
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of brown sugar


  1. Simply mix them all together and store in a jar.  Try other variations of spices and herbs, there are so many great combinations of flavours.

Perfect as a gift too!

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  1. I,ll have you know I check my spices once a year { Christmas cupboard cleaning ... sad I know } but I hate pink paprika !!

    1. I would not expect anything less from you Mum- your cupboards are always immaculate! xx

  2. I think I'm pretty good at using up my main spices but there definitely is a bottle of allspice that has to be close to 3 years old. I don't even remember what I bought it for originally.

    1. That's just how I roll too! Mostly I am very good but there is a dusty jar lurking at the back I just know it! I think my guilty jar could be some Chinese five spice!!

  3. Hello,

    My name is Dana and I am launching spiceofzara.com. I love your page! What's especially impressive is that YOU'RE A BUTCHER. That's awesome. Love the shots you have. I am actually e-mailing to day in reference of this post right now and spice in general. Is there anyway we can connect? Looking forward.

    Cheers with a gin and tonic,

    1. Hello, I am always happy to chat- especially with the mention of gin and tonic!! Email me anytime at elysechatt@gmail.com


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