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How Long Do Spices Last?

We are doing a major reno of our kitchen. It is long overdue and I am thrilled. Have just finished emptying all the cupboards and nooks and crannies, and goodness, I found things I haven't seen or thought of for years! Now is the time to do a major purge and I am determined to do it right. I have a lot of spice, I use them frequently, though now I realize that some of the bottles are literally YEARS old! Should I throw them out? Some still smell of the spice, but I am thinking of making a clean sweep. What do you think? I guess with all the money we are spending, I am trying to be frugal, but on the other hand, what's another hundred bucks?

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