Task 36 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit


Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks - Task 36

Herbs and Spices

I’ve been giving my pantry a good food clean out the past few weeks, somehow the food has started to stock up and I have far too many canned goods.  What I have also noticed is a collection of spices that has managed to exceed more than my spice rack can handle.  I check my spice dates regularly and I am so sure I checked them in the past 6 months, however, I still came across one best before 12/2012.  I usually keep spices a little longer than the expiry, seems like a waste to throw it away.  I typically smell the bottle and if the fragrance is still strong then the flavour is still there.

McCormicks expiry guide suggests spices can be kept for:

  • Ground spices:  3 years
  • Whole spices: 4 years
  • Herbs:  1-3 years
  • Seed:  4 years, except poppy seeds and sesame seeds, which should be used within 2 years
  • Extracts: 4 years, except vanilla extract, which has an unlimited shelf life
  • Seasoning blends/mixes: 1-2 years

I keep my spices on the wall in the pantry using this wall mounted rack from Howards Storage World

{The Organised Housewife} Expired Spices 1{The Organised Housewife} Expired Spices 4

Todays task is to:

Sort through your spices and purge any that have expired and no longer have their fragrance

How many items have you been able to purge today?

I would like to see a photo of your purge pile on Instagram, use the hashtag #declutter52


{archive posts related to task}

Before and After of how reader Victoria organised her spices

Creating an organised pantry on a budget


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{The Organised Housewife} Expired Spices 3

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