Storing Spices on Your Boat

Date: May 27, 2014

Keeping spices fresh on your boat can be a challenge.  Typical spices have a shelf life of 6-12 months after opening.  A good rule of thumb for spices on a boat is to purchase the smallest size possible (unless you tend to use a certain spice a lot).  When you first open the spice container write the date on the top so you can decide when to replenish.

Humidity and heat cause spices to loose their flavors more than anything.  Store spices in the lowest possible spot in your galley and keep them away from cooking surfaces and burners/flames.  When adding a spice to a pot don't pour from the container - either use a measuring spoon or your hand.  The heat/steam coming from the pot can add to the deterioration of the spice flavor.

Have a one time recipe that you want to use on your trip?  Take just what you need and leave the rest at home.  Small zip-top bags are best to keep small amounts of spices fresh and don't forget to squeeze the air out of the bag before you seal it.

Sometimes, we vacuum seal small amounts of spices into pre-measured jewelry bags.  Try doing different measures such as 2 Teaspoons, 1 Tablespoon, etc.  Then, put all of the small bags into one large zip-top bag or plastic storage container.  

Whether you're a yachting gourmet or a beginner, great meals are made from fresh, flavorful ingredients!

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