Thanksgiving Tip: Check Your McCormick Spices

Published 5:00 am Thursday, November 23, 2023

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As Washington Parish residents gear up for a delightful Thanksgiving, renowned spice manufacturer McCormick has issued a timely reminder to check our kitchen cabinets. This advice comes just in time as we prepare our Thanksgiving feasts, ensuring every dish is as flavorful as it can be.

A recent statement from McCormick, the world’s largest spice manufacturer, is simple yet vital: an occasional spice check is essential, especially since many of us have spices that have adorned our shelves for years.

In a light-hearted revelation, McCormick shared an easy tip to identify outdated spices. If your seasoning is stored in a rectangular tin or was packaged in Baltimore, it’s likely been a kitchen companion for over 25 years! This Thanksgiving, it might be time to bid these vintage spices farewell.

While these aged spices pose no health risks, their diminished flavor can make them less effective in our beloved Thanksgiving recipes. As we gather around the table, rich in flavors and family stories, ensuring our spices are fresh adds to the magic of the meal.

McCormick’s guideline is straightforward: spices should have a robust aroma, a vibrant color, and a strong taste. The spice giant recommends replacing them every three years, a small step for a significant impact.

About Timothy Holdiness

Timothy Holdiness is a native of Louisiana and has been published in several state, national and international publications. He has earned two undergraduate degrees in Biology, most recently from Northwestern State University in 2022. Notably, Holdiness was the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist United States Champion in PowerPoint 2010.

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