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Storing Food in the Cupboard

Spices, herbs, condiments, extracts

Catsup, chili sauce

  • Refrigerate after opening for longer storage
  • Unopened
    12 months
  • Opened
    1 month

Mustard, prepared yellow

  • May be refrigerated
  • Stir before using
  • Unopened
    2 years
  • Opened
    6 to 8 months

Spices and herbs

  • Store in airtight containers in dry places away from sunlight and heat
  • At times listed, check aroma; if faded, replace
  • Whole cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon sticks maintain quality beyond 2-year period
  • Can be stored in the freezer to extend shelf life
  • Whole spices
    1 to 2 years
  • Ground spices
    6 months
  • Herbs
    6 months
  • Herb and spice blends
    6 months

Vanilla

  • Keep tightly closed
  • Volatile oils escape
  • Unopened
    2 years
  • Opened
    12 months

Other extracts

  • Keep tightly closed
  • Volatile oils escape
  • Opened
    12 months

 

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