Delia explains How to Buy and Store Spices.
Whole spices start to lose their powerful flavour and fragrance once they're ground. There are two enemies to spices stored in glass jars, one is light and the other is air - once the spice is half used.
Delia discovered a company which has pioneered dealing with these two problems, called Seasoned Pioneers. Their spices are high quality and cleverly packed in foil pouches to shield them from light. Then when you begin to use the spice you can reseal the pouch squeezing out the air. They're great not just for cake making, but for all cooking.
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