Storing Spices

My mixes and extracts are made with fresh, quality ingredients that have NO preservatives or fillers. All of them* are best stored in a cool, dark place in an airtight container. DON’T store them in a cupboard next to your stove. I know that’s the most convenient spot, but the heat from the oven will dry them out causing them to lose flavor quickly.

Please use them by the “best used by” date found on the package to ensure the most robust flavors. They won’t spoil after that date, but they may lose flavor.

The use-by dates for each product are listed below. To render the most flavor possible in your dishes, follow these guidelines. It’s what I’ve found to work best.

Keep in mind…like any dried spices, they are meant to be consumed and replaced every 3-6 months for maximum freshness.


Taco Seasoning Mix

This mix is my most popular product and the most sensitive to time and temperature. The flavor of these fine blended natural spices fade quickly, so proper storage is critical. This is made to order and I’ve found that it is best used with 3 months of purchase.

All-Purpose Italian Seasoning (& Bread Dipping Mix)

There are a variety of all-natural spices in this all-purpose blend making it my second most popular product.  This is made to order and is best used within 6 months of purchase.

Bonelli’s Italian Salt (All-Purpose)

This is my signature all-purpose seasoning salt. I use it for seasoning anything that needs salt when I’m cooking. It’s made to order and best used within 6 months of purchase.

*Sesame Parmesan Dip Mix

This is a simple, tasty dip mix made to order with fresh ingredients. It contains parmesan cheese (usually parmigiano-reggiano) that has been dried. Because it’s dried, it can be shipped to you without refrigeration, however, because it contains cheese, I recommend that you keep it stored in your refrigerator until you use it. Best if used within 3 months of purchase.

Vanilla Extract

This decadent extract is the only thing I make ahead because of the steeping time required. It will easily last up to one year. I include a partial vanilla bean in the bottle so when you’re nearing the end of the bottle, simply add a high quality vodka to fill the bottle and extend your product! Best if used within 6 months to 1 year of purchase.

Hot Cocoa Mix (seasonal)

This is a seasonal, cold-weather mix. This wonderfully rich mix is available in my shops from approximately April to October (although I will make it any time by special request). I make it to order and it will last the entire season! Best if used within 6 months of purchase.