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McCormick Spices

McCormick Spices

As I was going through my coupons, I found an ad for McCormick spices that intrigued me. Yes, I know I need a job.

The ad told me  my recipes deserve the freshest flavor and I couldn’t agree more. McCormick challenged me to check my spices.

This reminded me of a Thanksgiving I was hostessing when I made the best deviled eggs.  R3 was chowing the eggs faster than I could make them.  Once he took a breather, he said, “These are really good mom, what’s the crunchy part?” The crunchy part was dead bug infested paprika.

I accepted the spice challenge whole heartedly!

Two Ways to Check:

  1. Except black pepper, if you have a spice in a tin, it’s at least 15 years old.
  2. If your bottle has Baltimore, MD on the label it is at least 15 years old.

I had Celery Salt in a Baltimore, MD bottle that I remember buying way, way back in my Martha Stewart wanna be days.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, do you have any old crusty spices? Leave a comment on what you found!

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About Anjanette Wiley

Runner, Co-founder @RiverRunClub, vegetarian, being ladylike is not my forte.

Posted on October 19, 2009, in My Three Sons and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I’m so going to check this tomorrow-the dead bug in the paprika is kinda freaking me out! And-cumin and celery salt are not even in the same league as cinnamon!

  2. EEEWWW! I’m so glad I’m not cooking this Thanksgiving-but girlfriend I am on it. It reminds me of another friend who made cookies for a holiday only to find out she used old crisco. Yucky!

  3. Recently I discovered a spice that is unique to cooking…all types of cooking. It is “Gullah Luv.” Yep, that’s the name and it speaks to what is actually put into cooking by all cooks. It’s the love that is the main ingredient in all recipes, although it is not stated…..

    I am also learning about the Gullah people who live along the coastline of NC, SC, GA and FL.
    Check out the web site at: http://www.ultimategullah.com

    You will find it very interesting. Found all of this at a festival.

    • Sandy,
      Thanks for sharing the Gullah story with me. Seriously, my only reference for Gullah was Nickelodeon’s Gullah, Gullah Island. A theme song, no doubt be in my head all day!

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