Food Storage - How long can you keep...


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1-3 years



  • How long does pickling spice last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of pickling spice store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
  • How long does pickling spice last at room temperature? Properly stored, pickling spice will generally stay at best quality for about 1 to 3 years.
  • To maximize the shelf life of pickling spice purchased in bulk, and to better retain flavor and potency, store in containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Is pickling spice safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged pickling spice 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 pickling spice will remain at peak quality.
  • Does pickling spice ever spoil? No, commercially packaged pickling spice 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 pickling spice is still good? To test whether pickling spice 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 pickling spice should be replaced.

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