Food Storage - How long can you keep...


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

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