How to Store Spices & Herbs - FAQs
Spices, like all foods, have a distinct shelf life. The length of that shelf life depends on how the spices are cared for.
Heat, humidity, air, and sunlight all have detrimental effects: they break down the chemical compounds (also known as essential oils) that give spices their flavors and aromas. When these chemical compounds break down the flavors lose potency. In some spices, flavors, and aromas can become rancid, moldy, musty, or dirty at which point the spices should be thrown away.
We get asked many questions about the storage and shelf life of our spices and herbs. Here are just a few of the most frequently asked questions: