My wife and I were discussing some problems she has had with the storage of some spice mixtures that she purchased from Costco. She has been using their Lemon & pepper seasoning and the Montreal Steak season when she noticed that they did not seem to store well. When we read the labels, we found that one of them contained lemon oil and the other sunflower oil.
In checking some additional mixtures from various stores, she found others that contained oils and some that did not. Because we purchase our spices in larger containers, we will be sure and check the labels in the future.
Spices are a great item to have in your storage. They will improve the taste of your foods. As I told someone years ago, even the rats will taste better with al little chili powder. Anyway, my wife made up a list of 12 spices that she uses regularly that seem to store well. None of these have any oil or products in them that spoil rapidly.
The following list of 12 spices is one my wife says will serve for most purposes.
- Salt – stores forever if kept dry
- Black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Red pepper or cayenne
- Chili powder
- Curry powder
- Bay leaves
Now most spices will lose some of their flavor over time. You can delay this with proper storage. All spices should be kept in a cool, dark, dry place. If you have a vacuum sealer like a FoodSaver (See my Wife’s FoodSaver Demo)
these can extend the shelf life of most spices. Salt is an exception it doesn’t need to be vacuumed sealed. Older spice do not normally go bad, they merely lose flavor so you can still use them just increase the amount you use.