Shelf Life Tips
- How long does ground cinnamon last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions —to maximize the shelf life of ground cinnamon store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
How long does ground cinnamon last at room temperature? Properly stored, ground cinnamon will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 4 years.
To maximize the shelf life of ground cinnamon purchased in bulk, and to better retain flavor and potency, store in containers with tight-fitting lids.
Is ground cinnamon safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged — commercially packaged ground cinnamon will typically carry a "Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before," or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the ground cinnamon will remain at peak quality.
Does ground cinnamon ever spoil? No, commercially packaged ground cinnamon does not spoil, but it will start to lose potency over time and not flavor food as intended - the storage time shown is for best quality only.
How can you tell if ground cinnamon is still good? To test whether ground cinnamon is still potent enough to be effective: Rub or crush a small amount in your hand, then taste and smell it - if the aroma is weak and the flavor is not obvious, the ground cinnamon should be replaced.
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