Wouldn't this make a great puzzle? Last week I got a bee in my bonnet and decided to organize the cupboard next to my stove top.
Halfway through, the array of spices, salts and herbs was so overwhelming it almost looked pretty. So I grabbed my camera and took this photo to show you. This is real life - a combination of high hopes, wrong turns and a lot of spice.
I was looking through my stack of Everyday Food magazines (December issues) to find a one-cookie-dough-many-ways recipe. What I found was an advertisement by McCormick that said if you have any spices that were packaged in Baltimore, Maryland, they were at least 15 years old. Yikes! And the issue I was reading was from the 2006 issue, so add another 6 years to the past its prime calculation. I had to know if any of my spices were 20 years old.
Yep. I found 5 bottles from my wedding shower days! I now know with certainty that I don't use: Allspice, Marjoram, Chervil or Savory. Ha! I pitched a few other bottles that seemed old and now I have more room on the behind the door adhesive spice rack for flavorings I do actually use and the rest of the containers are arranged by type in the cupboard. Victory.
Do you have any vintage spices?