Shelf Life Tips
- How long does ground cayenne pepper last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions —to maximize the shelf life of ground cayenne pepper store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
How long does ground cayenne pepper last at room temperature? Properly stored, ground cayenne pepper will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 4 years.
To maximize the shelf life of ground cayenne pepper purchased in bulk, and to better retain flavor and potency, store in containers with tight-fitting lids.
Is ground cayenne pepper safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged — commercially packaged ground cayenne pepper 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 ground cayenne pepper will remain at peak quality.
Does ground cayenne pepper ever spoil? No, commercially packaged ground cayenne pepper 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 ground cayenne pepper is still good? To test whether ground cayenne pepper 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 ground cayenne pepper should be replaced.
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