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How to Store Herbs and Spices
Wilted herbs in your fridge? Questionable spices in your cupboard? Knowing how long to keep your herbs and spices can be anybody's guess.
Excess moisture can make your fresh herbs spoil faster. So keep fresh parsley, basil and chives wrapped in a paper or cloth towel like a burrito. This will also protect them from the drying refrigerator air. They can be stored this way in the refrigerator for up to one week.
When it comes to your dry herbs and spices, they last about one year. You'll know they are fresh if when you open the jar you can smell their aroma. If you can’t smell anything, it's time to replace them. To keep your dry herbs and spices lasting their longest, make sure they are stored in a dark, cool, dry place. So keep them away from your dishwasher where it's humid, the oven where it’s hot, and out of the light.
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Reviewed February 2013