Spice Tips for Tasty Holiday Food from TableFare

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Ground spices in particular lose flavor and aroma with time resulting in flat, lifeless tasting dishes. Here are five tips to get the best results from your spices when cooking this holiday season.

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Once a spice is ground the flavor components begin to dissipate losing the interesting flavor complexities that make it special

The holiday season has most cooks blasting all four burners from the Thanksgiving feast right through to New Years. Hosting casual to elegant parties, gathering extended family together, cooking up homemade gifts, and baking batch after batch of holiday cookies is what this time of year is all about. TableFare, the maker of SpiceCare spice containers, has some tips to help you get the most flavor out of every kitchen adventure this season.

“Once a spice is ground the flavor components begin to dissipate losing the interesting flavor complexities that make it special. An old spice might still be identifiable by smell, but it will lack the flavor nuances that really make it sing,” Carol Peterman, owner of TableFare explains. Just how long have your spices been in your spice rack?

Buy Frequently - buying small quantities of spice more often will ensure that you are always cooking with flavorful spices. It’s best to use ground spices within two to six months and whole spices within a year. Buying spices by the ounce at a specialty spice shop or from a store with bulk bins makes it easy to buy small quantities.

Buy From Busy Stores – buying spices from a busy store that turns their inventory frequently means the spices you buy will be fresh. Spices languishing on a store shelf lose flavor just like they do when they languish in your spice rack.

Buy Spices Whole - whole spices have a much longer shelf life because there's less surface area exposed to the elements. This results in less evaporation of the spices' essential oils, which keeps the aroma and flavor intact. Spices can easily be ground at home with an electric coffee grinder or mortar and pestle.

Store Spices Well - spices are altered when exposed to oxygen, light, heat and moisture, and a well-sealed container is the best way to preserve your spice investment. When cooking with spices, avoid pouring directly into cooking food as the steam from the pan will introduce moisture to the storage container and degrade the longevity of the spice.

For more information on buying, cooking with, and storing spices, visit TableFare.com.

TableFare LLC is a Seattle-based company formed by Carol and David Peterman. TableFare offers unique kitchen products that combine the best of form and function to create superior usability and beauty. The company's first product is SpiceCare, ingenious new spice storage containers. SpiceCare received the 2010 Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

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