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When do spices start to lose their punch?

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When do spices start to lose their punch?

Bob Boyack | Nov 12, 2001 07:09 PM

For Thanksgiving I plan to make my mother's great pumpkin pie receipe. I'll be using 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. cloves, 1 tsp. ginger, 1 Tbl. vanilla, along with the requisite brown sugar, salt, eggs, evap. milk and pumpkin.

I have not used these spices in several years. My question is: how long do spices last before they start to deteriorate and no longer can be used effectively as a seasoning with a zing? Thanks.

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