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Friday, December 28, 2007

Are you out of date?

When was the last time you checked your spices? If you are at all like me... during the holidays I do more baking than I do any other time of the year.

I hope you didn't find the things that I did...


Baking powder that expired in April 1993






McCormick spices says that any spices, other than black pepper, in the rectangular tin are out of date. Like these?
I am not sure, but Durkee mustard for 41 cents is probably older than my frying pan.
When you're in the food product business there are a lot of these bags tucked away... Mystery spice blend!


Maybe it's time to start fresh?
Sandi






19 comments:

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I know mine are up to date only because we moved in June, and I bought all new ones. You cracked me up with 1993 one. Hey, it could be worth something after all this time, you know. ;)

Sugar Bear said...

Oh yeah - we had some of those too. I recently got rid of them all!
Karla

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

And baking powder really does go bad. I don't think even I can out do 1993! Thanks amazing Sandi.

Zoey said...

Hi Sandi,
This post made me laugh. I cleaned out my spice rack about two weeks ago.

I tossed more than half. The oldest one was 20 years old!! I know because it had a "Fisher Big Wheel" sticker and that store closed twenty years ago.

Time sure does fly, doesn't it?

Sandy said...

1993! Oh my!
I used to pack mine up with each move and then my mom gave me all of hers when they moved to Japan and I just got rid of them before moving back to the states (2005) most expired in the 1980's ~ don't know why I hauled them around for so long and wow did they ever stink.
Hoep you had a wonderful Christmas. Have a great weekend and Blessed New Year!

Blessings,
Sandy ;)

Half Baked said...

Your post made me laugh! I have spices that I've moved with us two times!! Maybe it's time for a fresh start:)

justabeachkat said...

Too funny! I'm organizing like crazy around my house. Now you've given me something else to organize! Gee thanks! LOL

Hugs!
Kat

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Now I may know why my bread doesn't rise...

Sandi McBride said...

I have three cans of McCormicks in that yellow tin...one of them is mustard (I wonder if it's turned into mustard gas yet?) the other two are both cinnamon. Hmm...must have been planning on doing some baking, huh? Thanks for the reminder, hon...opps...the expiration date on the mustard is 1982! Maybe I can sell it on E-Bay as an antique!

windycorner said...

Hi Sandi!
I hear ya...while we were baking my daughter found a spice bought at Kroger in Atlanta. We've lived in FL for 22+ years. When do they become collectors items?
Holley

Britt-Arnhild said...

LOL. I know I have alot out of date.....but I keep on using them :-)

rpm said...

This made me laugh, too. I keep a Sharpie handy now to write the date that I bought the new spice on the jar/can. I have to go through my mom's cans and jars because she is terrible about using old spices.

Mary Isabella said...

very good advice. I just went through all of mine before Thanksgiving. I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Back Through Time said...

You cracked me up about your mustard being older than your frying pan!!
Have a Happy New Year!!
Michelle

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Sandi~ Mustard Gas... ya think?? =D
Holley~ I'm glad I am not the only one.
It makes a difference!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I have this problem big time. My mother-in-law cleans out her cupboards and dumps it all one me. Does anyone out there want pudding mix that expired in the 70's?

Elle said...

Check with collectors for that Durkee's can...it might be valuable. I hear you on trying to keep up with out of date spices...I try, but know that I have a bunch that should just be tossed out. Maybe in 2008?!

Happy New Year Sandi!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Lynn~ pudding from the 70's? blech~:p
Elle~ with your enthusiasm? I bet you don't have any out of date spices.

GardenGoose said...

LOL honey chile' you have some vintage products there..might be worth something in another year or two..hee hee. :0)

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