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