The Trick to Keeping Spices Dry and Mold-FREE That No One Ever Told You
Silica Gel Pack Uses
Well, it may not be immediately obvious to everyone, but your kitchen is often the most humid part of your house. Whenever you cook and boil something, moisture escapes into the air. This moisture may be great for any plants you keep in the kitchen, but when it comes to your dried spices it’s a whole other story. When you find your spices and sugars have clumped up, moisture is to blame.
So what can you do about this? The last thing you want to do is move your spice cabinet away from where it’s needed most. It might come to you as a surprise, but one of the best things is using Silica gel packets. You know those packets that say “DO NOT EAT”? Those packets are my favorite way to keep my spices from clumping and are even great to throw into bags of potatoes and other sprouting vegetables.
You can find these packets in everything from dried seaweed to jerky to shoes and handbags. Just like it does for spices, silica gel keeps moisture from ruining these products. But is there a cause for concern with silica gel?
While the warning label can be a cause for concern, it might help to know what silica gel really is. Silica gel or silicon dioxide is the exact same thing as what sand is made of. Think of what happens when you pour a bit of water onto a sand castle. It absorbs it in just the same way silica gel does in the environment.
The warning signs are there for children as they can definitely be a choking hazard. It’s a non-toxic substance, so you don’t have to worry about it making you sick!
Rather than throwing them away, why not keep a few handy? Just tossing them into your jars or taping them to the lids will make all the difference for your herbs and spices.
If you’re finding that your packets are starting to work less effectively, you can bake silica gel in the oven (make sure to remove it from its paper packaging!) to recharge it to use again!
Beyond their use in the kitchen, silica gel packets can be used for many things you use throughout your day. Notice your Halloween carvings getting soft within a matter of days? Toss a silicon packet or two inside, it’ll make it last long enough for your neighbors to admire!
Do you have a big bulk bag of dried pet food? Make it last longer by taping a packet of silica to the edge of the bag. One thing I’ve been combating this winter is condensation on my windows in the house. Keeping some silica gel packets by the window should do the trick. This will also work for foggy windshields in cars. There are plenty more uses for this often overlooked packet!
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