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When to Toss Old Cinnamon

By Cook's Illustrated Published November 2009

How old is too old when it comes to cinnamon?

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.