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Erin Palinski, RD, CDE, LDN Spices
Spices are a great way to add flavor to food without adding calories and saturated fats! But, old spices lose their aroma and flavor, so it is important to keep them fresh! Read here to learn when and how to check spices!
Don’t forget your pantry when it comes to spring cleaning, especially all those old spices. Spices lose their flavor and aroma over time.
According to Merriam-Webster, spice is defined as various aromatic vegetable products used to season, or flavor foods, or something that gives zest or relish. Using good quality spices can make the difference between a so so dish and a great dish.
Spices can take the place of salt helping to reduce sodium in your meals. Adding spices will boost flavors allowing added extra sugars and fats to be reduced in recipes also.
On the McCormick website, the recommendations are:
- Check the color of the spices; if they are faded, throw it out.
- Crush the herb or spice with your finger if the aroma is weak, time to buy more.
There is a place on the website to type in the code found on the bottom of the McCormick spice to find out if it is past its prime. Ground spices can last from 2-3 years. Extracts, seeds and whole spices can last up to 4 years.
Spices are best stored in a tight-fitting, lidded container away from heat, light and moisture. The spice rack by the store may not be the best place to keep spices.
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