Away from moisture, heat, and direct light, our aluminum-lined cardboard shakers and our large quantity containers should retain ingredient freshness for up to 1 year after opening or 2 years if not yet opened. More and more air introduced into the container, as the contents are used up, is what lessens freshness of the ingredients.

Seasoning mixes won't "spoil," but may lose flavor if not stored away from moisture, heat, and direct light or if dispensed improperly. Yes, even how it's dispensed can make a difference! Do not sprinkle anyone's seasoning directly over a simmering pot as this may cause condensation that will deteriorate the flavor, cause the mix to cake, or even lead to mold. Either sprinkle into your hand or use a measuring spoon to add seasoning to a simmering pot. Always use clean, dry measuring spoons in your seasoning containers. Don't refrigerate seasoning containers, or moisture may intrude that way as well.

We recommend our seasoning mixes for reduced sodium diets. Most people consume 50% or more sodium than needed, and sodium reduction is proven by medical study to help reduce fluid retention and high blood pressure. Both of my parents struggled with cardiovascular problems, but liked salt, which inspired me to develop low sodium seasonings. We don't offer "no-sodium" or "salt-alternative" mixes substituting potassium for salt, nor will we even cut the salt with potassium, due to research regarding treatment of heart or kidney conditions. If you have sodium or potassium issues, we urge you to read the nutritional data on the containers of others and compare. We address sodium issues in a natural way by greatly reducing salt volume and using richer tasting salt, and not by substituting potassium. We also don't include sugar as a few others have, but include sweet basil and/or paprika, a sweet pepper, where a delicate touch of sweetness is desired.

The sodium content of most competitors, per their "nutritional data," may indicate their container includes 1/2 to 3/4 salt. Also, most use common table salt (mined salt), which is cheaper. Our mixes are among the very few healthy ones as we do not exceed 1/3 salt by volume. Also, we use only sea salt that requires less processing and has a richer, salt flavor, and 16 percent less sodium than common table salt. Less salt by volume, but with higher quality taste, should satisfy even discriminating salt lovers. If additional salt is desired, and health is not an issue, more salt can be added at far less cost than buying a 1/2 to 3/4 salt mix and paying too much to other manufacturers for common salt.

Our blending of several high quality spices and the use of higher quality sea salt makes the taste of our products what it is. We trust they should make a big difference in your favorite recipes, and you'll come back for more. Bon Appetit !

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