Creating tasty meals with stale spices is difficult, to say the least. Be sure to check the "best by" dates on all spices you plan to use. When in doubt, throw out all spices over a year old as well as any that don't have an obvious aroma when opened. McCormick has an online tool
that allows you to find out when a particular spice was sold by entering a special number from one of the company's spice bottles.