Spices are essential to all home and professional cooks. So it is vital to keep them as fresh and flavorful as possible. There are a few ways you can do this. The main idea is to keep them away from light and heat. Some cooks love to have their spices on display as they are colorful, with pretty containers. However this is not a good practice if you want maximum flavor. So below are a few tried and true ways to get the most out of your spices.
- One way is to keep them in a cupbard, in the dark and not above your stove.
- If you do not want store them out of a cupboard, try storing them in opaque or solid color containers.
- Fresh herbs can be placed in some cool stock (your choice of kind), then poured into ice trays and frozen. When you want that fresh spice, toss a cube into the food.
Spices will care for you if you care for them. Also as a side suggestion / tip, make sure your spice merchant uses fresh spices, and stay away if you can from Supermarket discount spices, as they tend to be old and lack the flavor of what a spice should have.