Spice Storage Tips
Spices never go bad, but they can lose their flavor. To preserve the freshness of your spices for long-term storage, it is important to store them properly. Ensure your spices retain their freshness by following these tips.
Always keep the lid on tightly until you are ready to use your spices. The freshness of your spices can be maintained longer if they are stored in airtight containers.
Avoid exposure to air, moisture, heat, and light. Exposure to these elements leads to loss of flavor and aroma in spices and herbs. Do not keep the spices above a stove or next to the sink. Pick a cool, dry cupboard to store them away from the sun to help preserve their natural flavors.
Stay away from the freezer. Freezing does not extend the shelf life of regularly used dried spices and herbs. In fact, regular removal from the freezer for use can cause condensation to form in the container, accelerating the loss of flavor.
Always use clean, dry utensils to measure. Scooping the spices with a measuring spoon that’s damp introduces moisture into the container, which can ultimately degrade the flavor of all the spice stored in that container.
Never sprinkle from the container over a hot pan. As easy as it is to grab the tube or jar and sprinkle some spice into a pot of simmering liquid, don’t do it. The steam rising from the pan introduces moisture into the storage container, causing the spices to cake together and lose flavor.