Tips To Stock and Store Your Spices The Right Way

Posted on May 17, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Another tasty and healthy way to add aroma, colour, and flavour to your food is by cooking with herbs and spices. Herbs often come in fresh plants with leaves, seeds, or flowers and used for flavouring food. Some examples of herbs include parsley, mint, rosemary, thyme, and basil. They can be pungent in flavour.  On the other hand, spices are almost always dried and can vary in taste between hot, sweet, or spicy. Some popular spices include chilli powder, ground cinnamon, garlic powder, ground and fresh ginger, nutmeg, onion powder, paprika, and salt. Purchasing herbs and spices can be quite tricky and when not stored appropriately, it might lead to spoilage. Follow the guidelines below to properly purchase and store herbs and spices.


  • When purchasing herbs, choose fragrant herbs that have a bright colour and fresh-looking leaves that are void of brown spots. Because of the perishable nature of herbs, it is best to buy in small quantities. Likewise, when buying dried herbs, select small containers to avoid leaving them on your kitchen shelf longer than necessary.


  • When storing herbs that you will use in no time, make a 1/2 inch cut on the stems. Then, stand the herbs upright in a small jar of water. Cover the leaves loosely with a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator. It can keep its freshness for up to 5 days. However, for it to last this long, change the water every 2 days and discard wilted leaves as they appear.


  • You can tell when a spice is fresh by its colour and aroma. When fresh, most spices have a bright, rich colour and a strong aroma. Just like herbs, when purchasing spices, always purchase in small quantities to ensure that you are using fresh spices. Discard any spice that has been on the shelf for more than a year.


  • The appropriate way to store spices is to keep them tightly covered and store them in a cool, dry place. Ground spices have a 6-month shelf life while whole spices can stay fresh for up to 2 years. For spices with bright colourssuch as paprika and red pepper, store them in the refrigerator. This will help them hold their colour and keep their flavour longer.


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