my italian grandmother stored her homemade chilli powder in the fridge and even the freezer- why does she do this and is there logic to her madness?
cheers
(p.s please spare a thought to the flood victims of australia)

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  • January 14, 2011
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jessm4
jessm4 January 14, 2011

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usuba dashi
usuba dashi January 14, 2011

I keep my chili powders in the freezer also, since I make mine up from whole dried chilies. Unless the chilies or powders have been treated with heat, gas or have been irradiated, there is a good chance that little bugs could appear. I also find it keeps the chili powder fresher longer.

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pierino
pierino January 14, 2011

The "little bugs" appear because the eggs are already in there. Same with flour. Freezing deters them from hatching. On the other hand I don't think freezing improves the flavor of seasoning mixes in any way. In fact, the opposite.

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POTATO January 14, 2011

Seems like a great idea. There is capsaicin oil in dried chili powders. Storing it in the freezer or fridge would extend the shelf life and prevent the oil from going rancid.

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innoabrd January 14, 2011

I do keep bulk dry spice in the freezer to stop infestations, etc. But, hey, I live in Africa...

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casa-giardino
casa-giardino January 14, 2011

I also make my own. I put it in jars. You may want to freeze it if you keep it a long time. We make some every year around this time from dry peppers from our garden. As a matter of fact, we just finished making some.

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jessm4
jessm4 January 14, 2011

thanks everyone...
what beautfiuly coloured chilli powder *casa-giardino*.
special thanks to tiggy-bee also for her kind words sent via msg.

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