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Old 23-09-2017, 12:37   #1
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How to store spices

I am wondering what types containers you have found to be most practical for storing ground spices and dried herbs.

I have a friend who lived in a sub 700 sq ft house...she found circular spice tins that were magnetic and put them on her fridge. It seems like this might work without taking up valuable cupboard/storage space elsewhere.

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I do the same, I made a steel plate which holds magnetic spice jars 12 in 2 sizes along the top and a magnetic knife strip along the bottom on a bulkhead that use to have a picture, I store knive in a drawer on passage and on the magnetic strip at anchor......
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It's not that difficult to build a shallow shelf somewhere, even on the inside of a cabinet door. Then you can use the containers they come in. Easier in the long run. Such a shelf is also good for measuring cups, timers, and the like.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Pajamas.
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Re: How to store spices

We have a shallow shelf as suggested above thats perfect.

The big issue in the tropics is keeping spices from becoming science experiments (mold). We keep small qualtities in their store bought containers and vaccum bag any larger quantities. We also vaccum bag all the spices, in their containers, when stowing the boat.
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We have a shallow shelf as suggested above thats perfect.

The big issue in the tropics is keeping spices from becoming science experiments (mold). We keep small qualtities in their store bought containers and vaccum bag any larger quantities. We also vaccum bag all the spices, in their containers, when stowing the boat.
There are rechargable silica gel containers that I have tested that work very well for keeping spices desert-dry. H2OUT makes larger SS ones that are recharge in a the oven, and Drytop makes food-rated plastic ones that recharge in the microwave. Both work. When the color changes, recharge them, but it should be many months if the containers are kept closed most of the time. The Drytop capsules come with a clip that holds them to the lid of larger jars.
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There are rechargable silica gel containers that I have tested that work very well for keeping spices desert-dry. H2OUT makes larger SS ones that are recharge in a the oven, and Drytop makes food-rated plastic ones that recharge in the microwave. Both work. When the color changes, recharge them, but it should be many months if the containers are kept closed most of the time. The Drytop capsules come with a clip that holds them to the lid of larger jars.
Cool. Will check that out.
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"There are rechargable silica gel containers that I have tested that work very well for keeping spices desert-dry."

They also make these for keeping moisture / condensation out of your fuel tanks. Installs on the vent hose.
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I recommend you look up "The Boat Galley" website. You will find more info then you ever wanted to know. Carolyn Shearlock will hook you up.
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Re: How to store spices

I seem to recall that adding rice will also keep things dry?..
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It's not that difficult to build a shallow shelf somewhere, even on the inside of a cabinet door. Then you can use the containers they come in. Easier in the long run. Such a shelf is also good for measuring cups, timers, and the like.
I keep large containers of bulk spices stored away and use the magnetic containers for cooking.........
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The problem with the H2OUT canisters is that need to be recharged in an electric oven. Most boats will use gas as electric ovens are obviously a massive energy draw, same with microwaves.
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The problem with the H2OUT canisters is that need to be recharged in an electric oven. Most boats will use gas as electric ovens are obviously a massive energy draw, same with microwaves.
Mike, I have a trawler. Total electric galley, microwave and fridge/freezer, 2 A/C and and a Northern Lights 6kw Gen. The house batteries are set so twisting a couple of switches I can use the the microwave or a couple of outlets off the 1500 watt inverter. Inverters on each TV plus outlet each.

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Re: How to store spices

i found the biggest issue with storing bulk spices is the fact they have only a 6 month lifetime once the container is opened. after 6 months it is time to toss and buy new.
the difference in flavor between new and old spices is impressive. i buy only enough to use in a 6 month time frame. that is actually not much spice. herbs last less time before they go flat.

store herbs and spices in the coolest place on boat. they donot tolerate heat.
they donot tolerate light.
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I seem to recall that adding rice will also keep things dry?..
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Yes, rice in your salt (to keep it from clumping up) and a bay leaf in your flour (to keep the weevils out)
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