Tips to Store Your Spices
Spices have the particularity of not being perishable, which is why they can be kept very long: several months and even years, just like coffee, sugar or rice. However, they can lose their taste if not stored correctly. So here are some tips to keep your spices fresh for longer.
STOCK THEM IN THE DARK
Storing spices in jars next to the window is a huge mistake you want to avoid. Indeed, light is the enemy of spices, it makes them lose their flavor. Remember, spices come from plants that’s why they are sensitive to light. Therefore, it is imperative to store them in a dark place such as drawers, cupboards, spice boxes etc.
KEEP THEM AWAY FROM HUMIDITY & TEMPERATURE
Herbs and spices lose their flavor more quickly when exposed to heat. That’s because the oil in them dries. And since the oil is usually where the flavor lies, losing oil means losing the flavor. Spices are also sensible to humidity and therefore to cooking vapors. They must be stored in cool and dry places away from humidity and direct heat sources like ovens and dishwashers. Ideally, they are best preserved at a constant room temperature of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
DO NOT STORE THEM IN THE FRIDGE
When the seasoning comes out of the refrigerator, its temperature changes, and it must adapt to room temperature. These changes in the temperature will cause condensation and shorten the expiration date.
PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE
Now that you have followed the previous steps, all you have to do apply a few basic hygienic rules to preserve your spices. When cooking, you are quickly tempted to mess around in your spice jars with your wet, greasy or not very clean fingers. In the rush, you quickly need a spice and all you do is dip your wet fingers in your pot. Take the time to wash your hands and dry them well, or use a clean, dry spoon instead so you don’t bring moisture and stains to your spices.
By following these tips, you can store your spices for up to 3 years and in good conditions. Make sure you do all the mentioned things above to preserve their aroma.
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