If you took time to start drying herbs, or have been for some time, comment below your favorite herbs in your pantry. I’m curious to see what your favorite medicinal/culinary herbs are. Otherwise, let’s get started about proper storage.
Not just any method will do.
There are a few things you want to consider before you decide how you will store your herbs. Will they be in a cabinet or on an open shelf? What is the lighting situation? How much space do you have? Having lived in a tent, the Nook (basically a shed), a camper, and with others I understand maybe better than most that how you store something can greatly depend on where and how you live. Now that I live in the cottage, I have more space than I’ve ever had before. I’m currently testing the waters on how I want to store my herbs and what works best for me. What works best for you will likely be different. It might just be one of the following methods or a combination of methods. Either way, experiment and enjoy the process.
Herbalists have been storing herbs in crocks and jars for centuries. I found a hilarious shirt on Etsy that said “Herbalists: hoarding jars since 10,000 B.C.” on it. Isn’t that the truth, though? Not every jar is created equal, though. There are many different jars you can store your herbs in, and different reasons why you would want to.
1. Mason jars:
2. Apothecary jars (milk, cobalt, amber glass):
3. Repurposed jars:
1. The bags they came in:
2. Storage bags (like freezer bags):
A weirdly huge selling point for us when we bought our cottage was the lack of cabinets and the abundance of shelves. My husband and I appreciate open shelves. If done right and kept tidy, open shelves can be a pleasing aesthetic. One positive factor is that you can see if you are running low or are out of anything.
There are downsides to having shelves instead of cabinets. If you are prone to clutter or are a messy person, it can be stressful to see all the time. Depending on where your shelves sit, especially if near a window, you also might have a hard time protecting your herbs from light. Those are just some factors to consider when choosing shelves.
Cabinets are great to have for storing your herbs, protecting them from light and keeping the room looking tidy. When we lived in the camper, we had a long cabinet that ran alongside the ceiling. It kept the sight of my bags of herbs hidden, but I found myself taking a lot of the bags out in order to find anything. If done right, cabinets can work well and may even protect your herbs from other factors like excess moisture.
Whatever you choose to do, you have plenty of options. This is not a “one size fits all” system, it takes a minute to find out what you like and what works for you. Let me know what you do, maybe share pics of it and tag me so I can see. Check out my social media and tag me so I can see your awesome setups!
Have a wonderful weekend, y’all.
Author: Tina Potter
Master Herbalist, I've graduated as an American Healthcare College Alumnus, I've become a member of American Herbalist Guild and author of survivalist series Survival Ember co-authored by professional survivalist Kenny Dietrich of Ashland, KY. I've been beyond blessed with the constant desire to learn and teach.
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