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Chilli powder too old?

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Does chilli powder loose it's umph over time? I found a bottle hidden in the wrong cabinet the other day, almost full. But I know it was to be years old. Should I pitch it?
post #2 of 6
Spices do loose their flavoring over time. I wouldn't pitch it. Use it and see how it is. You may just need to add more than what is called for.
post #3 of 6

Most likely dead but check it. Might be ok for dry heat like rub but will have little flavor in a pot of chili...JJ

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My wife has a spice problem.  She keeps buying more, even though we have a whole cupboard full.  Most of the containers have expiration dates on them, and she swears that it nevers goes bad.  I, on the other hand, am constantly throwing stuff out that I find is several years old. 

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Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post

Spices do loose their flavoring over time. I wouldn't pitch it. Use it and see how it is. You may just need to add more than what is called for.

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Originally Posted by Chef JimmyJ View Post

Most likely dead but check it. Might be ok for dry heat like rub but will have little flavor in a pot of chili...JJ

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Originally Posted by vwaldoguy View Post

My wife has a spice problem.  She keeps buying more, even though we have a whole cupboard full.  Most of the containers have expiration dates on them, and she swears that it nevers goes bad.  I, on the other hand, am constantly throwing stuff out that I find is several years old. 

Thanks, guys. I just threw it out as I figured I should. But my cheap side said to ask first. After all, two bucks is two bucks!
post #6 of 6
I have got to where if it something I don't use much of I buy the herb or spice whole and then grind it up when I need it. Ground spices and herbs degrade flavor fast.
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