Spices don’t ‘spoil’ like milk or meat, however they do lose their strength over time. Many people advise that you replace your spices every 6 months, but that is a lot of money! Here’s some tips on extending the life of your spices:
- Store your spices in a cool, dark place
- Keep containers tightly closed to protect them from moisture and oxidation
- Consider storing your spices in tins which will protect them from light
- Direct light fades the color and reduces the quality of your spices. It is better to store them in a cabinet than in a pretty spice rack
- Don’t store your spices near heat sources (such as your stove, microwave or dishwasher)
- Write the purchase date of the spice/herb on the container so you’ll know how long you’ve had them
- Replace the lid on the bottle as soon as you use them.
- Do not sprinkle over a steaming pot directly from the bottle. The steam will result in caking or loss of flavor.
- Paprika and Chili Powder should be stored in the fridge. The rest of the spices should not.
- Freezing does not extend the shelf life but rather may develop condensation which will accelerate loss of flavor and aroma.
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