Shelf Life of Spices
Monday , 27, January 2014
Is your Spice cabinet like your Pantry…the land of the lost?
I opened my Spice cabinet and began pulling out jars that I had no idea I had…
When did I buy this? Is it still good? So off to Google I went and found some info…
- Ground Spices 2 to 3 years
- Whole Spices 3 to 4 years
- Blends 1 to 2 years
- Extracts 4 years
Here are some excerpts from the article I found at Spices Inc. :
- Spices do not spoil but they do lose their strength. Stored in airtight containers in cool dry places spices retain their potency.
- Whole peppercorns, nutmegs and cinnamon sticks tend to hold on to their flavor for a long time.
- Potent whole spices, such as cloves, cumin, and cardamom will also last for a long time.
- Store them in tightly sealed containers in a cool dark place.
- Never store them above your stove or near other heat sources as heat will degrade the quality.
- Red spices like chili powder, cayenne pepper and paprika can be refrigerated to prevent loss of color and flavor.
- Spices such as turmeric, curry powders, ground cloves and paprika should be stored in glass or metal containers as their flavors will lessen if left in original packaging.
- The best temperature for herbs and spices is below 70º F.
- To determine whether or not ground spices are still viable gently shake the container with the cap on. Remove the cap after a moment and smell the container to see if the rich smell of the spice is still present.
To read the complete article…follow the link below..