Tips for Storing Herbs and Spices

February 26, 2010 at 3:10 am 10 comments

Herbs and spices can make an ordinary dish extraordinary and are a must in a well stocked kitchen, but how long can they be stored?

Spices come from the roots, bark, and seeds while herbs come from the leaves and seeds of plants. The shelf life of herbs and spices is very long, however their flavor and strength can diminish over time. Spices have a longer shelf life than herbs with whole spices staying fresh for up to 4 years. Once they have been ground they don’t last quite as long, maybe 1-2 years depending on how they have been stored. The same goes for herbs.


To ensure a long shelf life of your herbs and spices proper storage is crucial. It is vital that they be kept away from light, heat and air. The best storage is in air tight containers labeled with the date of storage kept in a cool dark place. You will find that our herbs and spices are more potent than restaurant blends and are a higher quality thus ensuring a longer shelf life.

Once in a while its a good to take a sniff and taste if its color is dull or less flavorful why not treat yourself to a new one!



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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Swanky Dietitian  |  February 26, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Great info! I love using spices to add extra flavor and depth to dishes!

  • 2. Rebecca  |  February 27, 2010 at 4:25 am

    thanks Swanky RD

  • 3. Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  |  February 27, 2010 at 4:54 am

    LOL! I’ve been throwing out expensive spices each year. I didn’t know that they would last up to 4 years. Thanks for the info!

  • 4. noblenourishment  |  March 2, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Thanks for looking at my blog, and I like the look of yours too, I’m going to get a wee jar for bay leaves just like in your picture! 🙂

  • 5. spiceadvice  |  March 2, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Cristine: our pleasure
    Noble Nourishment: sounds like a great plan
    Rebecca from Spice advice

  • 6. Adrian  |  March 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I am a foodie, and I love orzo…. And like “noblenourishment” I am going to head to World Market for some of these great looking glass canisters as well! I love a functional kitchen that is also pretty! I have a blog with family favorite recipes and family tales called, for anyone interested! I have had great feedback this far from it! Blessings! And happy eating!

  • 7. spiceadvice  |  March 7, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Adrian: will check out your blog and you can’t beat good storage containers

    • 8. Adrian  |  March 7, 2010 at 4:27 pm

      Amen on good storage containers. As much as we spend on herbs, it is worth every penny! Love the new blog, and look forward to more recipes! Do you all want people to share theirs as well?

  • 9. Spice Sherpa  |  April 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    You can also make your spices stay fresher longer if you buy whole spices and then grind what you need, when you need it. A huge bonus is the aroma which in my opinion, is part of the fun and romance of using spices!

    • 10. spiceadvice  |  April 30, 2010 at 2:53 am

      Oh what a great tip thanks


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