I came across whole nutmegs cleaning my spice cupboard. They look fine, but I know they've been around for years. Like four years or maybe longer. Should I toss them?
Answer: From Mickey Thomson
Four years is about the max I know of, assuming they've been stored without exposure to extremes of heat. Best way to tell would be to buy one whole nutmeg from a bulk bin setup, like at a Whole Foods Store. Grate some of it, and grate some of yours. Compare the aroma of each; if it's the same, I'm thinking yours might still be good to go.
Does anyone else have an answer about nutmeg shelf life – please post it below….