Shelf Life Tips
- How long does whole allspice last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of whole allspice store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
How long does whole allspice last at room temperature? Properly stored, whole allspice will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 4 years.
To maximize the shelf life of whole allspice purchased in bulk, and to better retain flavor and potency, store in containers with tight-fitting lids.
Is whole allspice safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged whole allspice 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 whole allspice will remain at peak quality.
Does whole allspice ever spoil? No, commercially packaged whole allspice does not spoil, but it 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 whole allspice is still good? To test whether whole allspice is still potent enough to be effective: Rub or crush a small amount in your hand, then taste and smell it - if the aroma is weak and the flavor is not obvious, the whole allspice should be replaced.
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