Today’s Tip: Refresh your spice cabinet
Here’s why: Although technically spices and dried herbs don’t ‘expire’ for about 3-4 years, they do lose their potency and flavor, sometimes within 6 months. When you are cooking nutrient dense, real foods using spices and dried herbs flavor matters. So while you’re riding the Marie Kondo train and in the ‘tidying up’ mode go ahead and give that spice cabinet a once over.
Here’s How: First go through your cabinet and get rid of anything that has been hanging out there for longer than 2 years. If you can’t remember the last time you used it that might be a good sign to toss something too. Chances are it has been hanging out in there for way longer than a few years. Next, bring spices back into your home with intention. Really think about spices you enjoy and use frequently in cooking. For example, I know that I can make a variety of foods from chili to tacos to burgers taste good with just some cumin, chili powder, garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne and paprika on hand. If it is a spice you use often go ahead and buy it in bulk so you will always have some on hand. For those spices you aren’t going to use frequently purchase them in the smaller containers. The other day a recipe called for tarragon, which is an herb I have never used every in my life. I knew that this was one to buy small. Do this at least 1 time per year when you are doing you spring cleaning.
Pro tip: when you buy your spices and herbs put a strip of painters tape on the bottom and write the date you purchased it so that getting rid of the old is easy.
Give it the 24 hour challenge. Let me know in the comments how it works for you!
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