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Should you freeze spices?

Contrary to popular belief, freezing spices and herbs is not necessarily beneficial. In fact, it may cause more harm than good due to condensation. When you take a jar or bag of spices out of the freezer, condensation can form on the surface, leading to the introduction of unwanted moisture. This is why ground spices have a shorter shelf life compared to whole spices or seeds. Therefore, it’s best to avoid freezing spices and herbs altogether.

Some individuals prefer to store red spices such as chili powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika in the refrigerator to preserve their color and flavor. However, as mentioned above, about storing food in the freezer, storing these spices in the refrigerator can do more harm than good. The moisture in the refrigerator can cause these spices to clump together and lose their potency over time. It’s best to store these spices in a cool, dry place, such as a pantry or spice cabinet, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. This will help to maintain their flavor and texture for a longer period of time.

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