How to Keep Spices Fresh for a Long Time

Two Parts:Purchasing spices with longevity in mindStoring spices for the long term

Spices come in many forms, such as powdered, whole, etc. Many spices are expensive, so having them deteriorate in your kitchen storage is a waste of good money. In order to keep spices fresh for as long as possible, there are certain practices you can put in place to ensure longevity.

Part 1
Purchasing spices with longevity in mind

  1. 1
    Buy whole spices instead of powdered. Powdered spices have already begun to lose their essence before you even take them home. On the other hand, whole spices have not. Whole spices last much longer, sometimes even years longer, than powdered spices.
  2. 2
    Learn how to grind spices yourself. There are many grinders easily available today.
  3. 3
    If you do purchase ground spices, be prepared to use them up quickly. Only purchase such spices in very small quantities.

Part 2
Storing spices for the long term

  1. 1
    Use glass containers where you can. Plastic can leach into the spices or remove the scent and flavour from the spices. In turn, this reduces their potency. Spices do not usually spoil, but they do become less effective.
  2. 2
    Store the bottles of spices away from heat, such as the stove and direct sunlight. Store the bottles in a cool, dry place.
    • Drawers or cabinets are ideal. A spice rack is a good way to organize them.
  3. 3
    Do not freeze or refrigerate the spices. Constantly removing the bottles of spice in and out the fridge causes condensation to form inside the bottle. The moisture will ruin the spices faster, so avoid using the fridge and just use your cabinets.
  4. 4
    Use a spoon to measure the spices. Do not hold the bottle directly over steam, as this will introduce moisture to the container, which can ruin the spices by causing them to clump. Instead, take out the spice using a spoon and transferring that to the dish.


  • Always store spices in a jar separate from the packaging they came from. If left in the original packaging, the quality of the spice will deteriorate faster.

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