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Using Premixed Spices

Pumpkin pie spice is simply a blend of the usual suspects: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. But McDermott prefers to use the individual spices, adjusting the amounts to her preference, which helps create a pie that tastes uniquely hers. And while we're on the subject, McDermott advises bakers to check their spice rack every November. Ground spices lose their flavor and potency after three years; so, if yours haven't been updated since 2013, it's time to refresh.