Best Method to Store Spices
Here are the best methods to storing your spices. Storing spices is just as important as how you store your food in your refrigerator. If you don’t carefully and hygienically store your spices, you are endangering yourself and others around you for food borne illnesses. Yes, even though the spices are dry and perhaps roasted, you can still catch bacterial infections if not properly stored or handled. So what do I see as the best methods to store your spices?
- Use Glass Jars. Don’t store your spices in plastic containers. Best bet to storing your spices is in a glass or ceramic jar. Plastic containers are simply not good for long term storage. The oils from the spices can erode and bind themselves into the plastic leaving the container and your spices with bad quality.
- Keep spices stored in a dark area. Avoid light. Light will cause your spices to lose its shelf life quicker. If you are using clear jars, then make sure you store the spices in a dark area.
- Temperature. Make sure your spices are kept in a cool location. I prefer not to freeze spices because of the risk of freezer burn. You definitely do not want to store spices in a warm area or in an area that can have temperature fluctuations.
- Avoid storing near your stove. Big mistake a lot of people make. They tend to keep spices on a fancy spice rack near the stove or just above the stove. Don’t do this.
- Avoid moisture / humidity. Moisture is bad for spices. It will clump and increase the chance for your spices to spoil. Not good. Plus the oils in the spices will oxidize faster.
- Air tight. Oxidization will happen, your spices will lose potency and they will get spoiled. Keep them sealed air right. You should not smell your spices when you are not using them by opening your cabinet or pantry. If you do, the jar is not air tight.
Good luck. Keep your spices in a cool, dry, air tight, away from heat place.