This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Once you’ve stored at least a couple of weeks worth of food and water, you’ll want to store a few of your favorite spices and seasonings. Though it would not be life threatening to leave them out, your survival storage diet would become quite monotonous without a few basic spices.
Start with the basics such as salt, sugar, pepper. Then add a variety of spices and seasonings such as: cinnamon, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, basil, oregano, parsley, chicken and beef bouillon, cumin, bay leaves. Store only the ones you know you are going to use.
How long do spices stay fresh?
If you keep them in your cupboard in the original package, you can count on herbs and spices staying fresh for about a year to two years. After that, the flavors will start to deteriorate. Although they won’t turn completely bad (I’ve used them over the two year mark with good results) they will not be as flavorful as when you first bought them. The older they get, the blander they get, until there is no point in keeping them. It recently tossed out a few spices I never used after the initial recipe, after I noticed
Enemies of spice storage
Just like other food storage items, keep spices away from heat, light, moisture/humidity and air. It’s best to keep them in an airtight container.
Long Term Storage
To make them last longer than two years, you can repackage spices and seasonings for long term storage. I stored a few seasonings for long term by repackaging them in mylar bags, the same way I stored bulk foods. The only difference was I used small mylar bags
Don’t forget to label and date your stored items.
Here is another method to store spices, nicely illustrated over at Are We Crazy or What: Storing Herbs and Spices for Long Term Storage.
- Seeds, roots and leaves will last longer than powder form, but will need a grinder for use. I stored the powdered form to avoid the extra step.
- For best results, rotate your stored items after a couple of years.
- As with other food items, keep your stored spices and seasonings away from chemicals such as gasoline, kerosene etc. – these fumes can permeate and contaminate your food storage.
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