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Keep culinary spices in the dark to preserve freshness

Spices need to be stored correctly

Chefs that want to prolong the lifespan of their culinary herbs and spices need to ensure they store the items correctly.

Experts recommend using a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight, as excessive heat can cause the ingredients to lose their flavour.

Therefore, those who currently keep their spices on display in a rack may therefore want to reconsider.

Cooks also need to take care when adding spices to a recipe.

Heat and moisture from steam given off by a pan can reduce the quality of the products if it enters the containers they are kept in and Joan Cook, writing for the Reading Eagle, advised people to measure out their culinary herbs away from the cooker before adding them to the recipe.

Chefs also need to check the quality of their stocks on a regular basis, as the flavour will diminish the longer the spices are left unused.

Eric Rappaport of the Upper Saucon Patch said recently a dull colour and faint smell are two indications that a spice needs to be replaced.

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