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+63 (02) 920-5291
+63 (02) 920-7521

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Common Questions

What is the difference between a spice and an herb?

Spices and herbs are aromatic natural products that are used to flavor food. Spices are the dried seeds, buds, fruit or flower parts, bark, or roots of plants, usually of tropical origin. Herbs are the leaves and sometimes the flowers of plants, usually grown in a climate similar to the Mediterranean.

How can I tell if my spices and herbs are fresh?

There are three ways to determine whether spices and herbs are fresh: appearance, smell, and taste. Visually, you can check your spices and herbs to make sure that their color has not faded. Loss of color is an indication of flavor loss. A fragrant, intense aroma is a characteristic of fresh spices and herbs. Crush the spices and herbsin your hand. If you do not smell the aroma, or if you taste them and the flavor is not apparent, it's time to replace your spices and herbs.

Do spices and herbs spoil?

Spices and herbs do not spoil, but they do lose their strength. Old seasonings will not flavor your meals the way they are intended to.

Where should I store spices and herbs?

Spices and herbs should be stored in airtight bottles, away from the exposure to heat, moisture, and direct sunlight. These elements hasten the loss of flavor and aroma of spices and herbs. Avoid storing your spices and herbs over the stove, dishwasher,sinks, or near a window. Members of the red pepper family (capsicums), such as paprika and chili powder, should be refrigerated to help retain color and guard against infestation. This is important especially during the summer months and in particularly hot climates.

What is the shelf life of spices and herbs?

The shelf life of properly stored spices and herbs is approximately 3-4 years for whole spices and seeds, 2-3 years for ground spices, 1-3 years for leafy herbs, and 1-2 years for seasoning blends.

How can I preserve the flavor and quality of my spices and herbs?

Replace the lid on bottles right after use. Measure seasonings in a bowl, then add seasonings to the pot. Do not sprinkle spices and herbs directly from the bottle over a steaming pot. Steam introduced into a bottle will hasten the loss of flavor and aroma. Steam will also result in caking. Make sure the measuring spoon is completely dry when you dip into the spice bottle. The added moisture may cause caking or flavor loss.

Is there more herbs and spices do than just add flavor and aroma?

Yes, herbs and spices do so much more than provide flavor and aroma to food. They provide an added boost for our overall health. Herbs and spices have antioxidants at levels that are at par with those found in fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants are known to help prevent chronic disease, heart ailment and even cancer. So beyond just flavor and aroma, herbs and spices are loaded with health benefits.

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