Spring cleaning your spice cabinet

CHICAGO (WLS) -- It's spring cleaning season and as you clear out your home, don't forget to take a look at your spice cabinet.

According to The Spice House, if you buy small batches of ground spices, you can use them for 6 months to a year. Whole spices can last 2-3 years. Whole nutmegs can last decades.

To keep spices fresh, store them in airtight containers or sealable plastic bags. put them in a dark and cool place away from the stove and sun.

To check that your spices are fresh, simply give them a smell. If they smell weak or look faded, throw them out and start fresh.
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