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Storing herbs and spices

General guidelines for storing herbs and spices, and know ways to preserve herbs.

The idea is to store spices in the best conditions. Keep them in tightly closed containers, away from light. Spices lose flavor and aroma with age. Discard them if they have been sitting in the pantry for longer than six to eight months. For spices, grinding the berries or seeds just before incorporating them to the dish is what produces the best results.

For herbs, the fresher, the better, fresh herbs are usually more flavorful better than dried ones. However, preserving them will ensure a steady supply during the year.