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Tips About Dried Spices


Tips about dried spices                     


To test for freshness, check the color of a spice; dull colors can mean old spices.
Also, crush a small amount of the spice or herb in your hand and smell it. If the aroma is not full and immediate, the spice probably has lost much of its potency.
Label new spices with the date purchased to eliminate guesswork.
Whole herbs and spices last longer than their ground counterparts.
Store herbs and spices away from light and heat.
Store them in airtight containers, such as glass jars, plastic containers or tins, to protect against moisture and preserve oils that give spices rich flavor and aroma.
Be sure to close containers tightly after each use.
Refrigerate red-colored spices, such as chili powder, cayenne pepper and paprika, to prevent loss of color and flavor.
Refrigerate or freeze oil-rich seeds such as poppy and sesame, to prevent them from becoming rancid.
Don't shake spices directly over pots and pans simmering on the stove. Heat and moisture can affect the quality.

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