How To Preserve The Flavor and Potency Of Dried Herbs

How To Preserve The Flavor and Potency Of Dried Herbs
How To Preserve The Flavor and Potency Of Dried Herbs

Preserving the fresh flavor of herbs does not end with drying them or even purchasing freshly dried herbs. To ensure your dried herbs stay fresh and potent all winter follow these tips.

1. Store dried herbs in a glass or ceramic sealed container that has an airtight lid. Plastic containers are permeable and allow air to easily come in dulling the flavor and potency of dried herbs.

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2. Store dried herbs in dark, dry and cool areas such as a drawer or cupboard. Do not keep dry herbs under bright lights, on windowsills, on the kitchen table or near any humidity sources such as the stove or sink.

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3. If self-drying your own herbs, be sure the herbs are completely dry before putting them into an airtight container for storage. You will know the herbs have been dried enough when they crumble easily between your thumb and finger. To be sure they have dried properly, check the herbs in the container after a week. If there is any moisture inside of the container they have not been dried long enough. Remove the herbs from the container and dry again until the herbs have completely dried.

4. One of the most important points to remember in keeping your dried herbs flavorful and potent throughout the winter and beyond is to be mindful when you are adding dried herbs to a recipe to always measure out the herbs away from the stove. Standing over an oven with an open herb jar will add humidity to the jar, dull the flavor of the herbs and shorten the storage life of dried herbs.

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