Whilst I am fairly hip-to-the-beat for a man of my generation, I have, with some justification being taunted as "1950's man" for some of the holes in my domestic skills and education. I can cook, sew, wash and clean but some of those categories have to have an honest "after a fashion" tagged on to them . Hence, the question I have to which I am sure the answer is obvious to everyone but me :blush:. As those who are here on the site frequently may know, my life has been struck by the most awful of tragedies and that has lead me to venture into areas of the house where I have not been for many years, the area in focus at the moment being the pantry. In there there is a trove of spices and curry sauces (Indian and Thai), some of which have Best Before dates that are from a couple of years ago. Note that these are not Use By's but I am wondering if, after a certain cut-off point, I am just asking for trouble if I make use of some of these?