To ensure your cooking is always top quality, it’s really vital to start with a great herb and spice collection. But once you’ve figured out where to buy your seasonings and how to choose the best ones, your efforts might still be wasted if you don’t store and look after your collection properly. Here is some of our tried and tested advice regarding the best ways to look after your spices.
Review your storage cabinet
First of all you need to review and analyse your collection closely. Do you have a load of spices that can’t be used any more because they’ve been left too long and gone stale? If you’ve had them for more than a few months, chances are they’ve either gone off, or they have too many preservatives in them to be considered good quality. There are a few exceptions which will keep for years, but for any particular spice make sure you throw it out when it’s too old rather than spoil your food.
Keep everything organised
If you enjoy tidying up and keeping things in order then you’re the perfect seasoning connoisseur in the making. You don’t have to obsessively label everything, but it’s a good idea to mark things with the date you purchased them, and also to group things by theme or based on what you use them for. Ones you rarely use might end up at the back of the cupboard but you need to be careful they don’t get lost and go off.
Choose where to keep them
If your herbs and spices are too close to the oven, chances are they’re going to be weakened faster. Heat, light and air getting to them will make the flavours evaporate faster and they’re more likely to be unusable. You can put your seasonings and condiments in a dedicated cupboard, or keep them mobile in plastic containers or glass jars that you can move around your kitchen as needed.Read more