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Food Storage - How long can you keep...

CINNAMON STICKS, DRIED, COMMERCIALLY BOTTLED OR PURCHASED IN BULK - UNOPENED OR OPENED

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4 years (best quality)

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  • How long do cinnamon sticks last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions —to maximize the shelf life of cinnamon sticks store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
  • How long do cinnamon sticks last at room temperature? Properly stored, cinnamon sticks will generally stay at best quality for about 4 years.
  • To maximize the shelf life of cinnamon sticks purchased in bulk, and to better retain flavor and potency, store in containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Are cinnamon sticks safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided they are properly stored and the package is undamaged — commercially packaged cinnamon sticks will typically carry a "Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before," or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the cinnamon sticks will remain at peak quality.
  • Do cinnamon sticks ever spoil? No, commercially packaged cinnamon sticks do not spoil, but they will start to lose potency over time and not flavor food as intended - the storage time shown is for best quality only.
  • How can you tell if cinnamon sticks are still good? To test whether cinnamon sticks are still potent enough to be effective: Rub or crush a small amount in your hand, then taste and smell them - if the aroma is weak and the flavor is not obvious, the cinnamon sticks should be replaced.

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