Kitchen Tip – Spices Storage

When it comes to spices, the way you store them is just as important as you cook them.

Storing them in an airtight container is a no brainer. Even though spices tend to have pretty good shelf life, if care is not taken in storing them properly, you’ll notice the vibrancy of the spices (both taste and colour) will deteriorate through time.

I have been told that the best way to deal with big packets of spices is to keep the amount you need for about a week in airtight containers. Then keep the unused spices tightly sealed in a zip lock bag and place them in the freezer. This will prolong the “freshness” of the spices.

{ I must say my spices do take up a lot of room in my freezer. I have no more excuse for stocking up gelato for summer!}

I have just started using this method of storage. Not really sure whether it’s going to work or not. I’ve got a feeling it will. After all it’s freezer we are talking about.  Whatever keeps in the freezer lasts! :P

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10 thoughts on “Kitchen Tip – Spices Storage

  1. I buy my spices usually in bulk at Fred Meyer or my natural foods store. Then I put them in ziplock bags and mark the date on it. I would like to get some jars like the ones in your picture. they look a lot prettier than my ziplock baggies :)

  2. We are a spice manufacturing company. All dry powders including spices are normally stored at temperatures between 42F(6C) and 46F(8C). The temperature in frizzer is well below this range and will freeze the spices requiring thawing. This freezing and thawing will deteriorate the colour,aroma and taste of the spices. Besides all the moisture will be lost leading to possible fungus growth. Hence store the spices in refrigerator but not in the freezing section.

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