Spices are so deeply rooted in Indian tradition and culture that one can’t even imagine Indian cuisine without aromatic spices. Indian spices are popular all over the world because they make food healthy and add unique flavours to the food. At the same time, keeping these spices fresh for a longer time requires proper care. If you’re a part of the Indian family, you’d probably know how your mother used to store these Indian spices in a way that they last longer and remain fresh.

Before we dig into the guidelines, one must consider buying only packaged spices as chances of getting adulterated spices are very high in case of loose spices. Moreover, loose spices require extra care because they would have already been exposed to open and unhygienic environment. It is better to buy packaged spices which are pure and blended in hygienic conditions

Here, we’ve listed 4 important things that you must consider to keep your spices fresh for a long time.

● Buy in smaller quantities

● Keep them in air-tight containers

● Keep them away from direct sunlight

● Never try to freeze them

1. Buy in smaller quantities:

Usually, Indian people buy spices in bulk assuming that they won’t get quality spices after the season for their cultivation is over. It is not entirely true. Yes, if you are buying loose spices, you’ll have to buy in bulk and then store them but that’s not the case with packaged powder spices. If you’re buying packaged spices from a trusted brand like Vasant Masala, you’ll not have to worry about the season and all. Vasant Masala procures best spices and stores them in a hygienic environment so that they can be blended in future according to the production schedules and demand of the consumers.

2. Keep them in air-tight containers:

Make sure that you keep your spices in air-tight containers. Too much contact with air can reduce the quality of the spices and can cause all of your spices to lose their freshness, flavour and aroma. It doesn’t matter whether you’re choosing a metal container or glass container, seal them properly after filling the spices in the same.

3. Keep them away from direct sunlight:

Exposure to direct sunlight can harm your spices. Make sure you keep your spices in a darker place where they do not come directly in contact with excess heat or sunlight. It is best to keep them in a kitchen storeroom and away from the cooking pan. This simple step will maintain the freshness of your spices for a longer period of time.

4. Never try to freeze them:

Usually, people keep the opened pack of spices in the refrigerator assuming that they will stay fresh but that’s not true. Instead of keeping them fresh, freezing can harm the quality of the spices as they get exposed to moisture and lose all essential qualities. It is best to store your spices in the room temperature and in air-tight containers after opening.

In addition to the above, there are few things to consider like every spice has a different shelf life. If you buy whole spices, they have comparatively higher shelf life than powder spices. Secondly, whenever you’re using spices, make sure you’re using a completely dry spoon as even a slightly wet spoon will pass on the moisture to the spices. You can even follow some of the Gharelu Nuskhas like adding oil and clove in the powder spices but if you’re using packaged spices, you’ll not have to worry about adding these extra things in your spices.

If you want to get 100% pure, unadulterated spices from a trusted brand, Vasant Masala is the place for you. Since our inception in 1970, we’re committed to delivering pure and authentic Indian spices to our customers. You can buy our products online by clicking on the Shop Online menu. Our spices are also available on Amazon, Flipkart and at your nearest Kirana store too.