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It's a cinnamantique!

Lately I've been drinking this coffee substitute and tipping a little cinnamon into it. (And I'm really enjoying my new kettle!) So today, as I was cinnamon-tipping, it occurred to me that my cinnamon has been a part of my life for an awfully long time. See, it came in a 1-lb bottle. And a little bit of cinnamon goes a long way.

My father (who likes to stockpile things) sent it to me, I do remember that. But, with growing horror, I realized that I could picture him sending it to me in the apartment I lived in WHILE I WAS IN GRAD SCHOOL. (This would be TWENTY years ago.)

Is this possible? Or am I inventing a memory? No one keeps the same jar of cinnamon for five moves and twenty years.

So I look on the bottom and I see the code BJ 30791. What if that's a date? What if it was processed in March of 1991? What if it EXPIRED in March of 91?? Holy hell.

I'm going to the store tomorrow. And I'm buying some cinnamon that was produced in THIS MILLENNIUM. The taste of it will probably knock my socks off too. The stuff I've been using must be mostly dust by now.



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Nov. 1st, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
I was already horrified and lost at "coffee substitute", but yeaaaaah. If you're all Williams-Sonoma about it, open jarred spices are supposed to be replaced every six months.

Enjoy the actual taste of cinnamon, when you get it. ;)
Nov. 1st, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
I was planning to elaborate on the coffee substitute in my newsletter. I drink it in addition to my coffee as an enjoyable barley beverage, not instead of my coffee.

Six months for sure ain't gonna happen...I was baffled when I replaced my celery salt and my cole slaw tasted funny afterward. I'm guessing it's more of my antique spice collection in action.
Nov. 1st, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've had similar drinks, and enjoyed them. I was worried you'd had to abandon coffee for some reason, and was ready to engage in some ritual mourning on your behalf.

Six months is a bit much. I can't handle tossing out spices I KNOW are still okay, but I definitely keep an eye on them. Because you're really trying to get the trace essential oils in most herbs and spices, and those either go off or dry up after awhile, I do occasionally cull the spice drawer, though.
Nov. 1st, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thankfully, no, I can still drink my real coffee too! I was looking for something instant to drink at night, and cocoa can be a bit cloying to me.
Nov. 1st, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
I have done the exact thing with spices (although not cinnamon). When I lived in the city from 1989 until 2005, I had a lot of spices that, I realized one day, had been the ones we'd had in the kitchen cabinets of the house where I grew up. In the 60s and 70s. Assuming that the oldest of these was, oh, say from 1984, the last year my dad lived in that house, yep--they were at least twenty years old. I had no idea until 2000 or so that spices actually expired. I thought they just went on forever somehow....

Glad to hear that the kettle is working out for you.
Nov. 1st, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
What a relief that I'm not the only one. I'm not surprised when I see stuff at my mom's house from when I moved out when I was 18, because she's not big on cooking from scratch. But for me, I cook a lot. So it's just weird when I realize something is THAT old. Weird and rather gross.
Nov. 1st, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. I'm much better now about buying new spices after 6 mos to a year.
Nov. 1st, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
Oh totally possible. I cleared out my herbs and spices rack recently and there was stuff there that expired in the 1990s. I suppose it happpens because they don't really go obviously "off". Don't look or taste funny, though do go stale and lose potency.
Nov. 1st, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
Most of my spices look relatively new. (In other words, past three years?) I think it was the sheer size of the cinnamon that contributed to its...longevity.
Nov. 2nd, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
It is a big tub for domestic use! You'd have to do a lot of baking and stuff to use that up quickly.
Nov. 2nd, 2012 07:52 am (UTC)
It was probably a restaurant supply size. Although there might be some seasonings I would go through a pound of...actually, no. I'd rather buy smaller jars and replace them periodically. When I bake, it's usually chocolate, so cinnamon isn't a priority spice in my house like the things I usually cook with, like black pepper or cumin or chili powder.
Nov. 1st, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Some spices that I only use on the rare occasion get forgotten. Just cleaned out my spice cabinet a few months ago and I also found things in there that had expired in the 1990s. And I must admit there were a few spices that I had no idea what they were! Guess I must've thought it was a good idea at the time... :)
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Wow...I'm not the only one with nineties spices. Hooray!
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
I think I might've been keeping them in hopes that someday they might come back in style or something... XD
Nov. 1st, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
We're just thrifty, is all.
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
I recently had a moment of life scarring horror when moths flew out of my paprika. Now I am pitifully glad not to be the only one. I bet the new cinnamon will be really good.
Nov. 1st, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
WTF! Paprika is a pepper. How can a moth live in pepper?

That's really messed up. I'd be scarred too. Poor baby.
Nov. 2nd, 2012 06:05 am (UTC)
I'm traumatised just thinking about that. (I hame enough trouble with bloody moths in my house already, never mind having them come flying out of spice jars.)
Nov. 2nd, 2012 07:50 am (UTC)
Me too! Although when I rearranged my office I discovered where they'd been hatching...underneath my standing desk, ew. Here I'd been attacking my clothes closet weekly thinking that was the culprit.
Nov. 2nd, 2012 08:12 am (UTC)
I never managed to track down moth HQ at my place and thankfully rarely spotted any in the bedroom. I strongly suspect those jute shopping bags they try to get you to buy these days instead of using plastic as being moth central. Good for the environment, but I bet moths love 'em.

I think I've got them beaten now. Little monsters.
Nov. 1st, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
Dear God, woman...do you have any idea when that bark was stripped off the tree? You've got fossilized cinnamon there.
Nov. 1st, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
Oh geez. It must have been processed in THE EIGHTIES. Now I'm really aghast.
Nov. 2nd, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
See? If you find a megladon tooth in there, I get first claim on it if you don't want it *grins*
Nov. 2nd, 2012 07:48 am (UTC)
As it would be an emblem of my dubious housekeeping, I would happily pass it on.
Nov. 2nd, 2012 12:10 pm (UTC)
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