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

10 Responses to Kitchen Tip – Spices Storage
  1. magnolia
    September 15, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    I keep dried seasonings not often used, in the freezer, in the bottle or jar they came in. Works for me.

    • Emily
      September 20, 2011 | 9:32 am

      Good to know Magnolia. But the Ashok (if you scroll down below) said otherwise. Anyway, I just have to stick it out with the freezer for now…

  2. sherice
    September 15, 2011 | 10:05 pm

    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 :)

    • Emily
      September 20, 2011 | 9:33 am

      Hehe, I’m trying to create a pretty space in my kitchen starting with nice jars… :)

  3. melissa@the hungry artist
    September 18, 2011 | 12:03 am

    Good idea! I should do this. I store all my nuts and seeds in the freezer so they don’t go rancid. I don’t know why I didn’t think to do this with spices…

    • Emily
      September 20, 2011 | 9:27 am

      You’ve just told me a wonderful tip – storing nuts and seeds in the freezer! Now I wish I have more space in my freezer :P

  4. Dollt
    September 18, 2011 | 10:03 am

    in the freezer wow thats intersting. I;ve never heard of that one.. thank!

    • Emily
      September 20, 2011 | 9:27 am

      Thanks….but .as per Ashok, it seems the fridge is the way to go…He made a really good point….and I’m super confused now….

  5. Ashok Karnik
    September 19, 2011 | 12:40 pm

    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.

    • Emily
      September 20, 2011 | 9:26 am

      Thanks for the tip and feedback! I really appreciate it! :D

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