To wit: this is supposed to be cardamom naan (naan is a yeasted Indian flatbread). I adore cardamom. I keep a little bag, tightly sealed in two layers of platic, in the freezer for the rare occasions I need its unique flavor. Apparently it was older than I realized. The recipe called for 1/4 tsp. and I added over a teaspoon of my cardamom. I was so sad: there was not even a whiff of cardamom in the finished naan!
I went through the rest of my stored spices and herbs relentlessly. They either reside in a dark cupboard, tightly sealed, or in the freezer as I mentioned. I threw out anything tasteless, and I have a few that I'm planning to test in cooking before I throw out.
Makes an excellent argument for shopping at my little herb shop with my little containers! What good are bulk spices and herbs if they go tasteless before I can use them all? Thrifty cooking that uses up odds and ends needs to handle flavors cleverly, so I'm going to be careful to have really flavorful herbs and spices on hand.