Posted By: shannone 
Sep 3  # 1 of 14
Exactly how long can you keep spices before they need to be replaced with new ones? I have heard 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year. I have a spice rack and my spices are about 5 months old and I am wanting to know when I should throw them away and get new ones.
 Posted By: phoenyxstarr 
Sep 3  # 2 of 14
I think it depends on the spices actually. Most of my spices don't last longer than 6 months, so I'm not too worried about it.
 Posted By: muslgrl 
Sep 3  # 3 of 14
I keep mine about a year if not used up by then I replace
 Posted By: spiceplace 
Sep 3  # 4 of 14
Most dried herbs and spices will keep for several years if kept in a cool, dry, and dark place with a tight lid. These days most packages of herbs, and spices are labeled with a "use by date".
 Posted By: Mama Mangia 
Sep 4  # 5 of 14
This is the time of the year to start checking on your spices and herbs for all that holiday cooking and baking!

Your herbs should have good color - if they are faded - toss them.

Smell your cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves, coriander and cardamom to ensure freshness and if you need to take a second whiff - that's a sign you better replace the spice. The aroma should jump out at you.

And you want the perfect flavor for your meals - always use fresh herbs and spices.