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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

How To Keep Your Spices Tasting Fresh

Do A Color Check Spices should be bright and colorful. The more faded and grey they look, the less flavorful they'll taste. Sniff It Out A strong aroma is a sign that your herbs are still in their prime. Take a small amount of herbs from the bottle and crush them in the palm of your hand with your finger. If the herbs don't smell strong, you probably won't be able to taste them either. Handle With Care Moisture will shorten the shelf life of your spices, so don't shake a container over a steaming pot. Always measure your spices with a dry measuring spoon, away from the steam. Keep your spices tightly capped and store in a cool dry place when you're not using them.