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Old 05-04-2006, 01:27 PM   #1
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Can spices go in the freezer?

I know that spices lose their flavor in a year.. but like when you buy a big bottle of cinnamon at Costco, I just can't use that in a year.. so can it and other spices go in the freezer without losing any quality? Does anybody know?

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Old 05-04-2006, 01:37 PM   #2
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Spices can definitely be kept in the freezer to extend shelf & quality life.
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:39 PM   #3
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Dried herbs and spices progressively lose their quality no matter what, but keeping them in the fridge or freezer does help slow the process down.

Buying those gigantic containers may save money up front, but unless you use them up in 6 - 12 months, you can be left with some pretty poor quality product. Whole spices (like whole cloves, allspice, etc) last longer than ground.
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:42 PM   #4
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I buy small amounts of spices and pour them into glass jars that I keep in a cupboard. Any leftovers that I can't fit in the glass jars go into the freezer.
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Old 05-05-2006, 01:10 PM   #5
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is there any spices that shouldn't go in the freezer then?
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Old 05-05-2006, 02:44 PM   #6
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and how long do fresh herbs and spices last?
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Old 05-05-2006, 02:53 PM   #7
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Well that is a bit of a tricky question Silver. Most things you will read will say that you should replace ground spices after 6 months.

In my experience though they can last a lot longer (or shorter) than that. Open the spice container and give it a sniff. If you can smell them them they are still good to use. If you don't really smell much then it is time for new spices.
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Old 05-05-2006, 02:55 PM   #8
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Interesting...thanks GB...I've had the same spices for several years and had never really thought about it until recently when I saw something about them only lasting 3-6 months. I thought about fresh herbs, but realized I'd never use enough to justify spending the money on them.
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Old 05-05-2006, 03:08 PM   #9
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well shoot now I found this Spice Storage Tips
  • The freshness of spices and herbs can be maintained longer if they are stored in airtight containers.
  • Keep away from heat, moisture, and direct sunlight. These elements hasten the loss of flavour and aroma of spices and herbs. Avoid storing over the 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.
  • Always close spice containers tightly after each use.

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http://www.clubhouse-canada.com/content.cfm?ID=10315
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Old 05-05-2006, 03:10 PM   #10
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I think that is true if you are moving them in and out of the freezer a lot. Same is true of coffee beans. But I think storing you extra spices that you storing for a while is fine.
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