Posted By: Worker Bee 
Aug 29  # 1 of 4
This is a handy reference because I'm always in a quandry as to whether something has exceeded it's shelf life. I usually follow the "when in doubt, throw it out" rule, but it's good to know some things are not past their prime.
 Posted By: Raquelita 
Aug 29  # 2 of 4
I usually exceed the shelf life of almost all seems silly to throw away something like spices after just a few months though i know they lose some flavor.
 Posted By: TexasRose 
Aug 29  # 3 of 4
I do that too. My spices probably aren't as potent after a few months as they were originally, but I just use a little extra to make up for it - much better than throwing them away.
 Posted By: Kaabi 
Aug 29  # 4 of 4
Wow, I have to throw away a lot of stuff. Well, I guess it's for the best. Food poisoning is bad, my friend had it. Was out in the hospital for 60 years. 60 years minus 59 years, 11 months, 30 days.