Keeping your dried herbs and spices mixture fresh is easier than you might think. Dry herbs and spices mixtures do not expire, but they lose flavor over time. The answer to how many times you should replenish or how often you should buy and how much depends on your cooking style. Now that we got this out of the way, let’s dive into how to keep adding flavoring to our favorite dishes.
Every 2 to 3 months, I inspect both my pantry and refrigerator for expired store-bought foods. (this does not include fresh vegetables, eggs, milk, and cheese) This routine is cost-efficient as I have become accustomed to looking for expiration dates on all items and ingredients. Since I use Noubess products for cooking, I also found myself asking more questions from our partners to answer better the emails received about the products.
Proper storage is necessary for your dried herbs and spices mixture at all time
You’ve heard it a million times, store your food correctly. This is also essential for your condiments, spices, and oils. Your pantry and kitchen cabinets are ideal for storing spices. You may want to have special shelvings to organize your cooking and baking spices separately for your pantry. Also, seasonings jars, bags, or bottles that you will use in small quantities are better stored near your cooking space, a cabinet, or a drawer, for example.
Keep your dried herbs and spices away from heat
You have probably seen specialty shelving for the kitchen walls or carousels where you can store your spices. The carousel usually comes with bottles or jars already filled with spices. If empty, you have the option of adding your blend of herbs and spices. The problem with those is 1) they take up space on your kitchen counter, 2) they are best located near the stove, which is terrible for them.
Dry herbs and spices mixture or seasonings should not be placed near heat. They should be put in a cool, dry place like your cabinet or pantry. Another factor that will affect your herbs and spices is humidity. Unfortunately, humidity is not your best friend, even with spices. The herbs and spices mixture will clump up in the container or their packaging.
Let’s not forget bright shiny lights that also will affect them. They can produce heat and humidity, which will affect the color and quality of the spices. So please keep them in dry, cool places for freshness.
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