The Best Spice Jars

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The Best Spice Jars
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Dealing with spices can be tricky. They are pungent, powdery and often hard to measure and store. Choosing the right type of jar for the right type of spice is essential for proper spice storage and preservation. Choosing the right jar could mean the difference between preserving your spices for a long time or letting them go bad right away.

Airtight Lid

Airtight lids for spice jars are lids that have a complete seal that prevents any air or moisture from getting into your spice jar. Airtight jars are useful for anything that is vulnerable to moisture or any spices that are especially pungent. The airtight seal keeps the smell from seeping into your cupboard or pantry. The retailer Crate and Barrel is known for particularly good airtight lid jars.

Dispensing Jars

Dispensing jars are simply jars that allow you to pour your desired spice without having to unscrew the cap. These jars are usually built with multiple small holes on the top lid and a clasp that flips open when you want to pour some spices out. These jars are great for spices because of the ability to use them directly while cooking without using any other tools.

Clasp Lids

These spice jars have a lid that has a metal, plastic or wood clasp to make sure the lid has pressure on the spice jar. Clasp-lid spice jars are usually used for larger amounts of spices to avoid accidents where you may accidentally pour spices on the ground. The lid clasps can take large amounts of pressure, so you can mix spices very easily in these jars.

Screw Lids

These are spice jars that are built with lids designed to be screwed on the top of the jar. They also have a plastic or metal piece in between the lid and the jar that helps keep air out. While not fully airtight, these jars come close. Use screw-lid jars for spices such as ground cinnamon that need to be opened delicately.

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