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How do I read the date codes on McCormick spice and extract packages?

Last post Jul 28, 2005 6:31 PM by GrannyBarbieJ_Texas . 4 replies.


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  • How do I read the date codes on McCormick spice and extract packages?

    Locate the 4-digit number on the bottom of the spice package or the back of the extract bottle. This number is the date of manufacture. Assume the number is 6310AY. To obtain the year, add 5 to the first digit (6 + 5 = 11). The second digit (in this case, 1) is the year, meaning 2001 is the year of manufacture. For the month and the day, divide the last three digits by 50 (310 / 50 = 6 with 10 remaining). The 6 indicates the number of complete months before the production month, i.e. January, February, March, April, May, and June. July is the month of production and the remaining 10 is the day of the month. Code 6310AY is the code for a product made on July 10, 2001.

    The shelf life of properly stored spices and herbs is approximately 3-4 years for whole spices and seeds, 2-3 years for ground spices, 1-3 years for leafy herbs, and 1-2 years for seasoning blends.
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  • RE: How do I read the date codes on McCormick spice and extract packages?
    A list of spices to copy for your shopping list:
    Herbs & Spices
    Allspice
    Ancho Chile
    Anise
    Basil
    Bay Leaves
    Black Pepper
    Caraway Seed
    Cardamom
    Celery Seed
    Chervil
    Chipotle Chile
    Chives
    Cilantro
    Cinnamon
    Cloves
    Coriander
    Cumin
    Dill
    Fennel
    Ginger
    Mace
    Marjoram
    Mint
    Mustard
    Nutmeg
    Oregano
    Paprika
    Parsley
    Poppy Seed
    Red Pepper
    Rosemary
    Saffron
    Sage
    Savory
    Sesame Seed
    Tarragon
    Thyme
    Turmeric
    Vanilla
    White Pepper
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  • RE: How do I read the date codes on McCormick spice and extract packages?
    good grief...why don't they just put the date on it to begin with? :0)
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  • RE: How do I read the date codes on McCormick spice and extract packages?
    I hope they do it to all of their spices, but I bought a jar of McCormick Tarragon recently which has the "best if used by" date on the bottom.
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  • RE: How do I read the date codes on McCormick spice and extract packages?
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