Spices you shouldn’t have in your cabinet

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You Should Never Keep This One Spice in Your Cabinet, Experts Warn

THIS SPICE NEEDS TO BE STORED SEPARATELY IN YOUR KITCHEN.

By KALI COLEMAN JUNE 28, 2021

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While we’ve all been guilty of taking a little too much time to clean out our kitchen drawers and cupboards, there is nowhere more neglected than our spice cabinets. Spices tend to keep longer than other foods, so we’re less concerned about doing a weekly—or even yearly—cleanse. You may want to tackle that messy spice cabinet sooner rather than later, though, especially if you’re keeping one spice in your cabinet that experts say should never be stored there. Read on to find out which spice needs to be relocated.

RELATED: If You Have This Spice at Home, Throw It Away Immediately, FDA Says.

You should never keep red spices in your cabinet.

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If you look in your cabinet right now and see red-colored spices, you’ll want to take them out. Grace Woinicz, chef and CEO of The Brilliant Kitchen, says the “heat and humidity in cabinets causes damage” to red spices, which will make them lose their flavor. “When kept in cabinets, their chemical properties are lost, and they may go bad quickly,” she explains. Red spices include popular staples like red pepper, paprika, and chili powder.

Red spices should be stored in the refrigerator instead.

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Lisa Richards, CNC, a nutritionist and creator of The Candida Diet, says spices like red pepper, paprika, and chili powder are the most common spices to be stored incorrectly. “It is uncommon knowledge, but important to know, that red spices should be kept in the refrigerator,” she says.https://606426d65bd808ddfef0d7f3428b632e.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

But you don’t necessarily have to throw out red spices if you’ve been keeping them in a cabinet, says Geri Williams, DC, the supervising doctor at Ideal You Health Center. “Spices don’t go bad in the same way that milk or meat goes bad,” she says. “These spices will still be edible and won’t be harmful in any way, but they may not provide as much flavor to your dishes as you’d like them to.

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