– Dried spices that are unopened have a shelf life of 2-3 years.

– Ground spices have a shelf life of 6 -9 months after being opened.

– Whole spices have a shelf life of about 2 years after being opened. A few examples of whole spices include peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and cloves.

– When using spices, make sure to close the container they are in tightly after each use.

– Dried spices should be kept far from intense heat and sunlight. Heat lessens the flavor.  Examples of a few spices that are light sensitive are Paprika, parsley flakes, and freeze-dried chives.

– Freezing spices helps maintain flavor as well as a longer shelf life.

– Whole spices freeze better and have a longer shelf life than ground spices.

– When freezing any spice, make sure you put them in food safe storage bags/ air tight containers.  Using 2 bags is best for total air tight seal.

– When freezing spices, it is best to  freeze the spices you will not be using as often. Removing them from the freezer too often, can cause condensation in the container which causes spices to lose flavor faster and have a cake like consistency.

– Do not store dried spices in the refrigerator due to it being too humid.