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Herb Storage & Shelf Life

Storing Herbs

Store your herbs in clean, airtight containers, away from heat and light, and handle them thoughtfully. Amber glass jars with airtight lids are ideal. You might also keep them in a cupboard or drawer, cover the jars with large opaque labels, or use a curtain to cover them when not in use.

Shelf Life of Herbs

The shelf life of herbs will vary according to the form and plant part. (Those that have been cut or powdered have more surface area exposed to the air and so lose their flavor more rapidly than whole herbs, for example.) Here are some guidelines:

Whole Herbs

Leaves and flowers 1 to 2 years
Seeds and barks 2 to 3 years
Roots 3 years

Ground Herbs

Leaves 1 year
Seeds and barks 1 year
Roots 2 years

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