When to Toss Old Cinnamon

By Cook's Illustrated Published November 2009

How old is too old when it comes to cinnamon?

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Cinnamon is one of those spices that tends to live in your cupboard well beyond the typical 12-month expiration date cited on the label. When we rummaged up a jar predating the 2004 Red Sox comeback, it smelled fine—fragrant and spicy. Then we opened a fresh bottle of the same brand and mixed each into applesauce. The old cinnamon tasted flat and faded Our advice: If you can't remember when you bought your cinnamon, it's probably time for a new jar.