Store your dried herbs in airtight containers. Small canning jars work nicely. Zippered plastic bags will work, as well. Your herbs will retain more flavor if you store the leaves whole and crush them when you are ready to use them.
Also question is, can I use spices that are out of date?
No, your bad, sad, flavorless spices won’t make you sick. … The date on the bottle is useful for keeping track of freshness (and remember, freshness equals flavor), but you can still technically use a spice even if it’s past that expiration date. Because spices are dried, there’s no moisture to cause spoilage.
Considering this, do dried herbs lose potency?
Unlike fresh meats or produce, which can deliver a very strong visual or olfactory statement when they begin to head south, herbs and spices don’t actually spoil — they simply lose their potency, which means using spices that aren’t at their best could leave your dishes tasting subpar (via Bon Appetit).
Do dried spices expire?
Dried herbs and spices don’t truly expire or “go bad” in the traditional sense. When a spice is said to have gone bad, it simply means that it has lost most of its flavor, potency, and color. … If the scent is weak and the flavor is lackluster, it’s probably a good time to replace them.
For tender herbs, the best way to store them is to clip off the bottom of their stems, remove any wilted or brown leaves, and put them in a quart container, Mason jar or water glass with about an inch of water at the bottom, like you would flowers. (If it’s a container with a lid you can put a lid on it!
Keeping Herbs Fresh
Fill a glass or Mason jar with an inch of water. Place the herbs in the jar like a bouquet of flowers. To store parsley and cilantro, loosely cover with a resealable plastic bag or cling wrap. If using a large Mason jar or quart container, you can use the lid to cover the herbs.
Dried ground herbs like basil, parsley, and oregano last for 2-3 years. If they are dried and stored in their natural, whole form (e.g., basil or bay leaves), then they should last a little longer, about 3-4 years. Most seeds like anise seeds have a shelf life of 4 years.
Under Shelf-Stable Food Safety, the USDA defines spices as a shelf-stable product and in the case of spices, they never truly expire. What occurs over time is that the flavor and potency of that flavor wanes. Whole spices will stay fresh for about four years, while ground spices run between three and four years.
Properly stored, dried thyme leaves will generally stay at best quality for about 1 to 3 years. To maximize the shelf life of dried thyme leaves purchased in bulk, and to better retain flavor and potency, store in containers with tight-fitting lids.