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Pantry info: BUGS vs SPICES
« on: November 28, 2018, 08:44:58 AM »
The truth is bugs are going to try to set up shop in your spices or there's a good chance they already have.

The most common culprits found in spices are:
Cigarette and drugstore beetles.

The reason paprika, cayenne, red pepper flakes, and chili powder tend to have bugs are because peppers are loaded with nutrients for "multiple generations" of beetles to sustain life

Be vigilant :

Check the "best before" date before you buy.

Give the packaging itself a thorough once-over. Spices may have long shelf lives of a couple of years, but rips or tears or dents in packaging may be signs that insects have found a small entryway into the product.


How to store spices:

Pop your spices into the freezer for at least four days 
The freezing temps will wipe out any living bugs, although unfortunately the dead ones won't be sifted out of your spices .

If you buy your spices in bulk, keep them in the freezer and simply rotate out small amounts to your spice rack.

Keep your spices in airtight containers
Not only will this prevent insects from gaining entry, but will also preserve the flavor of your spices.
« Last Edit: November 28, 2018, 07:42:33 PM by Maggie13 »
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Re: Pantry info: BUGS vs SPICES
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2018, 10:54:03 AM »
When you put them into the freezer, leave container open and the bugs will try to escape. They will freeze en route to the freezer door and you will see them. Should be a trail of dead bugs in your freezer. At least they won't be in your seasonings!  ;D
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Re: Pantry info: BUGS vs SPICES
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2018, 05:38:05 PM »
Great idea!
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