In the Bazar Manufactory we deal with many different spices every day. Proper storage is the be-all and end-all for us, because all spices have one thing in common. Their aroma is fleeting and delicate.
So in this article, we're going to look at some tips on how best to store spices and herbs.
1. Store spices in a cool, dark place
Spices should be stored in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture . Sunlight can cause spices to lose their color and flavor, while moisture can cause them to clump or even go moldy. A cool and dry place, on the other hand , extends the shelf life of spices and keeps them fresher.
2. Use airtight containers
Air is an enemy of spices as it causes them to lose their quality and aroma . As such, spices should be stored in airtight containers to minimize exposure to air. Containers with screw-top lids or plastic containers with tight-fitting lids are good choices for storing spices. At Bazar Manufaktur we seal our ceramic containers with cork.
Cork is not only water-repellent, it is also naturally antimicrobial, which prevents the spread of mold and pests.
3. Store spices separately
It's important to store spices separately to avoid mixing their flavors . Spices each have different flavors and should not be stored together in one container. If you store them separately, it is easier to keep track of which spices you still have and which you have to buy later.
4. Buy spices in small quantities
Spices lose their freshness and aroma over time. Therefore, it is best to buy them in small quantities and replenish them regularly , rather than stocking up on large quantities. This way you can ensure that the spices are always fresh and you don't spend money on spices that have already lost their quality.
5. Store spices properly labeled
It is important to label spices correctly to avoid confusing them or using them incorrectly. It's a good idea to label the spices with the name and date of purchase to keep track of their shelf life and freshness , this will save you from double purchases.
Overall, proper storage of spices is important to maintain their quality, flavor , and freshness. With these tips, you can ensure that your spices are always fresh and ready to use when you need them in the kitchen.