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Spices: Facts Worth Knowing

Updated: Dec 17, 2022

Spices are more than just tasty, most spices offer substantial health benefits and are a brilliant way to incorporate a bit more wellness into the recipes we curate. "A spice is a seed, fruit, root, bark, or other plant substance primarily used for flavouring or colouring food. Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are the leaves, flowers, or stems of plants used for flavouring or as a garnish. Spices are sometimes used in medicine, religious rituals, cosmetics or perfume production"

Here are a few Spice facts worth knowing when it comes to shopping for, storing, and shelf life.

Where to shop for spices?

Sweet Jinger, of course! An artisanal spice boutique. If there is something you are looking for, please let us know. Are you a restaurant owner, bakery owner, caterer, or meal planner seeking seasonings, custom blends, or spices? A tea enthusiast or beauty brand looking for herbs? Sweet Jinger is here to help, contact us!

How should my spices be stored?

Refrain from storing spices near air and heat, as this does damage to the authentic flavour. Spices should be stored in airtight containers and housed in a dark cabinet, pantry, or drawer.

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Keep your spice cabinet organized, and enjoy their flavour and health-boosting properties.

How long do spices last?

With proper storage, seasonings, herbs, whole, and ground spices can last for years. However, we encourage frequent purchases of smaller quantities, as spices contain volatile oils which will dissipate over time, along with flavour.

Using spices to flavour can be intimidating as many associate spice with heat, while spices can be spicy the main facts to focus on should be flavour enhancement and aid to the body. Be intentional about your spice collection. You’ll waste less and get more flavour out of your food in the process!

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