While you’re making this year’s spring cleaning chore list, remember that a true deep clean means decluttering your kitchen from inside the cabinets out. Follow these tips for ensuring your herbs and spices are at their freshest and ready to complement the season’s signature flavors.
Spice Up Spring Cleaning
(Family Features) While you're making this year's spring cleaning chore list, remember that a true deep clean means decluttering your kitchen from inside the cabinets out. "The idea of spring cleaning is especially relevant to the spice rack," said Mark Garcia, chef at McCormick Kitchens. "Many people keep the same herbs and spices in their cabinet for years, not realizing that flavor and aroma tend to fade over time."
He offers the following tips for ensuring your herbs and spices are at their freshest and ready to complement the season's signature flavors:
To ensure you're cooking with the freshest flavor, check your spice's "best by" date and keep these shelf life guidelines in mind:
When you shop to replace discarded spices, keep these storage tips in mind:
While putting your spices to use, follow these simple guidelines:
While cleaning out the cupboards, you may encounter forgotten spices or those that are approaching their "best by" dates and need to be used. That's the perfect excuse to experiment with new recipes or to reward your hard work with a sweet treat.
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