The Best Way To Store Your Herbs and Spices

July 02, 2020

The Best Way To Store Your Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices add wonderful flavor to your food but can be messy and lose their freshness if not stored properly. This is why we are sharing the best tips to ensure your kitchen stays flavorful and functional.

Fresh Is Best

Colorado Spice Blends are embossed with the “Best By” date listed at the bottom of every pouch. The shelf life on our spices is 3 years because we use all-natural and organic ingredients, although many of our spices will be fine to use a few years after their 3-year “Best By” date. However, 7-10 years past the expiration date is when our spice blends will lose most of their flavor and natural coloration. If you do not use an entire packet of our blend at one time or buy our products in bulk, we recommend designating jars or containers for your favorite Colorado Spice blends to preserve freshness and allow for easy organization in your kitchen.

Not-So-Convenient Storage

You may think that spice jars are convenient when placed over the stove or in a spice rack on your counter. However, herbs and spices start to deteriorate when they are exposed to heat, light, and moisture.

It is important to keep your herbs and spices at a fairly constant temperature below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that you should keep your seasonings away from the furnace, stove, and the heat of the sun. Additionally, temperature fluctuations can cause condensation, which could lead to mold build-up. Nobody wants mold in their spices so, avoid keeping your spices and herbs in the refrigerator or freezer, or any other damp place.

The Optimal Spice Storage System

The best storage system to keep your herbs and spices fresh is to keep them in a dry and dark space such as a designated cupboard or drawer where each spice or herb has a designated jar and designated spot to maintain functionality and organization in your kitchen. It’s important to note that the best chefs have a place for everything and keep everything in its place!

If you want to be extra diligent to preserve your seasonings, you can keep your herbs and spices in amber glass jars with airtight lids, cover your jars with large opaque labels, or simply use a cloth to cover your jars when they aren’t being used.

Make It Yours!

Try to think of organizing your spices as a fun functionality project, so that it won’t feel like a chore. Personalize your spice drawer or cabinet by creating individualized labels for each jar, organizing the jars by color, alphabetically, in order of your favorite spices . . . it’s up to you! The important part is creating an organizational system that you will use.

Put simply, think clean, airtight containers, away from heat and light, when storing your seasonings and remember to practice putting your herbs and spices back in their designated spots after each use to create a mess-free storage system that will make cooking a little less messy!

~Stock up on essential herbs and spices and buy our quality products in bulk!



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