Spices have the ability to turn an average dish into something worth remembering. We all have a collection of various powders and dried leaves we turn to for that last bit of flavor perfection when cooking, but how do you store them to ensure lasting freshness? Here are some storage tips to get the best results from your spices:
• Air-tight Containers
This is best to preserve the spices as long as possible. This may mean transferring the spices into a different container than what they originally came in to make sure it’s air-tight.
• Dark is Better
Light exposure can decrease the quality of the spice and shelf life. If you aren’t storing them in opaque or stainless steel containers, it’s best to keep them in a cabinet.
• Away From Heat
Heat can greatly reduce the quality of spices as well. While it’s tempting to keep everything right by the stove, it’s not recommended.
• Don’t Season Over the Pot
Additionally, shaking your spice container directly over a boiling pot can introduce steam and heat back into the container, compromising it even more. You can shake spices into your hand or a separate bowl off to the side and then add it to your dish to avoid this.