The Best Ways to Store Your Spices
The freshness of spices and herbs can be maintained longer if they are stored in airtight containers. Keep these away from heat, moisture, and direct sunlight. These elements will speed up the loss of flavour and aroma of spices and herbs. Therefore, avoid storing them over your stove, dishwasher, sink, or near a window.
Spices should not be stored in the freezer. Freezing does not extend the shelf life of regularly used dried spices and herbs. If stored in the freezer, and repeatedly removed for use, condensation will form in the bottles and accelerate loss of flavour and aroma. It should be noted to always close spice containers tightly after each use.
Avoid sprinkling spices directly from the bottle over a steaming pot. Steam will get into the bottle and result in caking the contents. Measure spices in a separate bowl, seal bottles and then add measured spices to your pot.