Your Spices and Herbs
How long can bottled spices be kept; what is the shelf life?
Of paramount importance in getting the most flavor and value out of your herbs and spices is to store them well — nowhere near the heat of the stove, nowhere near the humidity of the stove or dishwasher, nowhere bright and sunny. But don’t get the idea that putting them in the freezer is ideal, either. Condensation will be a problem each time the bottle comes out of the freezer and is likely to introduce moisture in the spices. Similarly, don’t ever shake herbs or spices out of the bottle directly into something you’re cooking — that’s the quickest way possible to steam and despoil your spices.