Fall is just about here, which (in my world) means eating apple pies galore and sipping homemade pumpkin spice coffee! YUM! I can almost smell the cinnamon and allspice in the air.
Last year, I ran out of cinnamon for the first time in seven years. Yes, that’s a long time! And, it proves how little I was baking. But, I’ve since changed my ways and have actually bought two new containers since then. Each time I open a new container it reminds me just how good fresh herbs and spices are! There really is a difference in quality. So, I did a little herb and spice research and thought I’d share so you can begin preparing for your baking plans this Fall!
How Often Should Herbs and Spices Be Replaced? How Should They Be Stored?
- Replace whole spices every 4 years, ground spices every 2-3 years, and leafy herbs every 1-3 years.
- Avoid sprinkling spices and herbs directly from the bottle over a steaming pot or there will be loss of flavor and cake the contents.
- Avoid storing spices and herbs over the stove.
- Store in airtight bottles in a cool dry space.
When is the last time you checked your spices?
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