The Spice of Life
Light and air are thieves, they steal the flavour from spices.
As part of my Spring clean I decided it was time to treat my spice collection to the love and care I know it deserves. Dark amber bottles now protect them from light, firm screw top caps prevent air from robbing them of flavour and clear labels mean I can grab just what I need in a hurry. These little bottles came from www.arthurholmes.co.nz. Delivered to my door with minimum fuss. The labels are chefs-standard (masking tape and marker pen).
Now I can journey through the history and global throw of spices at a glance, ideas spring to mind as I cast an eye over my collection that lines the darkest wall of my kitchen. It sure beats rifling through a draw in frustration and stops me from buying things twice when I do my ordering.
You may not be as nutty about spices as me however, but my two bits worth of advice (as a bare minimum) are; buy spices in small amounts and store in airtight containers in a dark place. A fridge or freezer is excellent and probably a lot less trouble.