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We all love to have fresh products to eat or serve , but it’s impossible to expect always a fresh item. So we have to keep on finding the ways to keep our products fresh for a long time, with good preservatives and precautionary measures. Today we will discuss the way to keep spices fresh for a long time ,as spices are stocked for months or years we need to maintain its quality and fragrance. Whatever the spices, Cardamom, Clove, Black Pepper, Cumin, Nutmeg, Mace, Fenugreek,
Turmeric etc.. storage space have a great role in their life of survival with it’s real soul.
This is the most basic rule when it comes to storing spices and masalas. You need to keep them in airtight containers or else the moisture in the air can spoil the masalas, making them lose their flavour, aroma and colour. You can reuse glass jars or small plastic containers, or buy individual spice jars for each. The traditional Indian spice container with smaller jars inside is another great way to store spices. It’s convenient as well, while cooking, to have all the essential spices in one box.
2.Keep in Dark Place
We all wish for big kitchen spaces with tons of natural light seeping in, but it is not ideal when it comes to storing our precious spices. Light can tamper with the flavour of the spices, and as such it is always better to store the jars in a cool and dark place. So no, arranging them on the kitchen windowsill for aesthetic appeal is not a good idea. Store them in closed cupboards. Another smart thing to do would be to use coloured containers to reduce the penetration of light.
3.Store It Moisture Free
Any form of moisture could be disastrous for preserving a spice mix. Ensure that you always use a clean and dry spoon when using it in cooking. Never keep the jars near the wash basin because even a few droplets of water can hamper its flavour and aroma.
4.Keep Away From Hot Places
While you may want to have all the ingredients handy when you are cooking, it is not advisable to store the spices right next to the gas stove. Most often, we tend to arrange them on a shelf near the cooking stove to keep them at arm’s length while cooking. This can build up humidity in the spice jars making the spices lose out on flavour.
5.Do Not Chill or Freeze
There are many people who tend to store masalas and spices in the refrigerator in the hope that they will stay fresh, but this is far from the truth. While wet masala mixes stay fine in the fridge for a couple of days, the dry ones acquire moisture and as such lose their spellbinding aroma. Vacuum-packing them and storing them in the freezer is still better if you really must.
The best option, however, is to buy or grind them in smaller quantities. If a friend has bought you some exotic masala from a foreign country, which is not available in India, and you want to preserve it for a longer time, then the freezing method would be your best bet. If it is in the form of powder, just store in airtight containers in a cool and dark place.
Use Spices Carefully
Spices and herbs will keep for a long time if you store them properly. Whole spices can last 4 years. Ground spices like mustard can last for 2-3 years and contribute to hundreds of tasty homemade salad dressings. Herbs last anywhere from 1-3 years, depending on the herb. Make sure your measuring spoon is completely dry when you dip it into the bottle. The moisture can quickly ruin the flavor of an aromatic spice like cinnamon.
To buy organic spices in India ,we have to depend on genuine ethnic spice product market places than nearby markets or shops. But once the organic spices reach at your kitchen table it is in your hand to keep it fresh and aromatic for the whole year. So practice best measures for keeping your spices always fresh and getting real spicy taste for your dishes.