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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    I keep peanut butter and oils in the pantry. Anything else goes in the fridge once it's been opened.
    Same here. And at present I keep vinegars on my windowsill, but only because I'm low on pantry space just now.
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    My motto is stick everything in the fridge and if it still tastes fine, it's fine.

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    What about salad dressings that you mix yourself - like olive oil and balsamic together? We usually use it up in a week anyway, but never refrigerate them.

    My mom used to refrigerate them, though, and the stuff would go solid and have to be heated up again so that it could be poured.

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    ^^^^Mohandas, when I make stuff like that, I usually only make enough for that particular meal. That way I don't worry about how to deal with the leftovers.

    What about spices? I have some dried spices that I need to throw out - they have been in the cabinet for about two years .

    I read somewhere that dried spices can last six months in the cabinet. You can put them in the fridge, but they can lose their potency....???
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    i make vinaigrette all the time and i put the jar back in the fridge. but i put it on the shelves on the fridge door, which is the warmest part of the fridge. they don't usually go solid. and if they do, just take them out and after a few minutes at room temperature it's fine.

    i've heard it's best to use spices within the year. i make a lot of curries and stuff so i have a lot of spices. but what i do is i buy glass spice jars with a vacuum seal lid and then instead of buying spices in jars, i buy them in shops that let you buy exactly as much as you need so instead of buying, say, an entire jar of turmeric that i'll never use up and which i'll have to toss after a year i go to the spice shop and buy just a tiny baggie that will last me maybe 6 months.
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    Pay attention!!!
    Every spice you buy has a use by date. Example, McCormicks -look on the neck, written sideways.
    Sometimes stamped on the botom. Loo,look!
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    ^^
    it doesn't matter. even if it says you can keep it for two years, it will lose a lot of potency after a year.
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    It's true about the spices. They really die a bit after a year. Also don't keep them near the stove, heat will make them less strong.
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    THey say the same about keeping them cold - I guess temperature extremes in general are not good for dried spices.
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    Even it doesn't go bad, the spices also become less effective after one year storage.

    If you have some tips to recall them back, that is great. You can google many methods to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    Pay attention!!!
    Every spice you buy has a use by date. Example, McCormicks -look on the neck, written sideways.
    Sometimes stamped on the botom. Loo,look!
    You don't need to look. I can't anyway, I buy them loose and not some overpriced brand in a jar. Damn they overcharge for those things! You can tell from smell and taste. Get to know your spices. Know what they should be like.

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