How Long Does Whole Nutmeg Last?


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3-4 years (best quality)


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long does whole nutmeg last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of whole nutmeg store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
  • How long does whole nutmeg last at room temperature? Properly stored, whole nutmeg will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 4 years.
  • To maximize the shelf life of whole nutmeg purchased in bulk, and to better retain flavor and potency, store in containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Is whole nutmeg safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged whole nutmeg 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 whole nutmeg will remain at peak quality.
  • Does whole nutmeg ever spoil? No, commercially packaged whole nutmeg 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 whole nutmeg is still good? To test whether whole nutmeg 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 whole nutmeg should be replaced.

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