Dating old spice bottles
I have never been clear on the shelf life, so I keep 'em around.
Have any clue as to when is a good time to chuck them? The shelf life of spices vary, and you never really need to worry about them going "bad" like other foods do.
A shelf life of cosmetics depends on a period after opening and production date. Some cosmetics should be used within a specified period of time after opening due to oxidation and microbiological factors.
Their packaging has a drawing of an open jar, inside it, there is a number representing the number of months.
A: Growing up, I recall the spice cabinet (which also doubled as the frosting and sprinkle storage area) in my own home as, well, overwhelming. For example, a bottle of curry powder that's been around a questionable amount of time probably won't make you sick … Many folks abide by a "six-month rule" when it comes to discarding most spices. I certainly can't afford to replace all of mine twice a year.
I'm pretty sure there were a couple bottles of something or other in there that were certified antiques, pre-dating the Carter administration. The folks at Mc Cormick offer "to toss or not to toss" guidelines that are more generous: • Ground spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric): 2 to 3 years • Herbs (basil, oregano, parsley): 1 to 3 years • Seasoning blends: 1 to 2 years • Whole spices (cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks): 4 years • Seeds: 4 years (except for poppy and sesame seeds, which should be discarded after 2 years) • Extracts: 4 years (except for vanilla, which will last forever) Pretty straightforward, eh?
But without the proper care, the products you use can lose their edge long before they’ve been slated to expire.
According to EU law, the manufacturer has to put the expiration date only on cosmetics whose shelf life is less than 30 months.One prominent observer noted that "...bottles made for foods are quite numerous and, in fact, constitute a large portion of bottles made..." (Munsey 1970).This is likely true in regards to the numbers of items produced which if included with the Medicinal, Chemical & Druggist Bottles types would certainly represent a majority of bottles produced since the early 19th century.The many Fairway brand spices that I own aren't so transparent when it comes to their shelf life.
In fact, I was just eying an almost-empty container of dried parsley that I'm pretty sure has been living on my spice shelf for four-plus years.Q: I'm gearing up for my first big spring cleaning session with my sights set on an area I've been avoiding: the spice cabinet.