Spices and Herbs Portland OR

If you want your spices to hold onto their flavor, but you also need to protect the potent, antioxidant-rich essential oils that can make your meals medicinal. For instance, one tablespoon of fresh oregano contains the same antioxidant activity as an apple. Other herbs that pack a significant antioxidant punch include dill, thyme, rosemary, and peppermint. So try these tips to keep the kick in your spices.

Whole Foods Market
(503) 232-6601
2825 East Burnside St.
Portland, OR
 
Trader Joe'S
(503) 284-1694
4121 Ne Halsey St
Portland, OR
Store Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Safeway
(503) 205-6746
1303 Nw Lovejoy
Portland, OR
Services / Departments
Bakery,Deli,floral,meat,pharmacy
Store Hours
5:00 AM-1:00 AM
Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-9:00PM;Sat 9:00AM-6:00PM;Sun 10:00AM-4:00PM

Safeway
(503) 205-1849
1030 Sw Jefferson
Portland, OR
Services / Departments
Bakery,Deli,meat,pharmacy,produce,seafood,starbucks,Sushi bar,Olive bar,Coinmaster
Store Hours
Sun-Thu 5:00 AM-12:00 AM;Fri-Sat 5:00 AM-1:00 AM
Pharmacy #
503-205-1853
Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-9:00PM;Sat 9:00AM-6:00PM;Sun 10:00AM-4:00PM

Trader Joe'S
(503) 777-1601
4715 Se 39Th Ave
Portland, OR
Store Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Safeway
(503) 232-5539
2800 S.E. Hawthorne
Portland, OR
Services / Departments
Bakery,Deli,floral,meat,pharmacy,produce,starbucks, DVDPlay Kiosk,Coinmaster
Store Hours
6:00 AM-12:00 AM
Pharmacy #
503-232-9151
Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-9:00PM;Sat 9:00AM-6:00PM;Sun 10:00AM-4:00PM

Whole Foods Market
(503) 525-4343
1210 Nw Couch St
Portland, OR
 
Safeway
(503) 528-0500
1100 Ne Broadway
Portland, OR
Services / Departments
Bakery,Deli,floral,meat,pharmacy,produce,seafood,starbucks,Sushi bar,Olive bar,Coinmaster,wi-fi
Store Hours
5:00 AM-1:00 AM
Pharmacy #
503-528-0508
Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-9:00PM;Sat 9:00AM-6:00PM;Sun 10:00AM-4:00PM

Safeway
(503) 772-4440
3930 Se Powell Blvd
Portland, OR
Services / Departments
Bakery,Deli,floral,meat,pharmacy,produce,seafood,starbucks, DVDPlay Kiosk,Coinmaster,wi-fi
Store Hours
24 Hours
Pharmacy #
503-772-4448
Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-9:00PM;Sat 9:00AM-6:00PM;Sun 10:00AM-4:00PM

Whole Foods Market
(503) 288-3414
3535 Ne 15Th Ave.
Portland, OR
 

Health Matters—Healthy Pantry: Spices Lost Their Kick?

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By Stephanie Bernstein

Go ahead, take a peek inside your cupboard, and ask yourself: Does that bottle of oregano actually predate the invention of the Internet? If you’re like most of us, it’s probably time to overhaul your spice rack.
Of course you want your spices to hold onto their flavor, but you also need to protect the potent, antioxidant-rich essential oils that can make your meals medicinal. For instance, one tablespoon of fresh oregano contains the same antioxidant activity as an apple. Other herbs that pack a significant antioxidant punch include dill, thyme, rosemary, and peppermint.
So try these tips to keep the kick in your spices.

∗ Keep your herbs and spices in airtight glass jars—you lose potency and flavor when spices are exposed to air. Tight-fitting lids also prevent bugs from getting into the bottles.

∗ Store-bought dried leaf herbs will last a year to 18 months—if you put them in airtight containers in a cool dark place.

∗ Whole spices last longer than ground versions because the essential oils have not yet been released. Nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, peppercorns, and cinnamon sticks can last up to three years. To get the most intense flavor from them, grind whole spices with a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle, and use immediately.

∗ Pre-ground spices stay fresh for about six months to one year. They’ll never spoil, but after that length of time they’ll lose their flavor and health benefit.

∗ Hulled seeds and ground seeds, such as sesame, are a bit more delicate. Their high oil content makes them susceptible to turning rancid. Paul Pitchford, a nutritional researcher, recommends storing hulled seeds and seed meals in dark glass bottles or in a cool, dark place.

∗ Direct sunlight, hot air, and humidity can alter the flavor of your spices and shorten their shelf life. Don’t store your collection above or right near your stove—it’s the worst spot for spices—and never shake the bottle directly over a steaming pot.

∗ Trust your senses. If you can’t taste the flavor in your dish, and you can’t smell the aroma when you open the bottle, it’s time to toss the spice.

Author: Stephanie Bernstein

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