Can herbs such as catnip, cooking herbs (marjoram, thyme, savory, basil, etc.) and medicinal herbs be kept in?

… the freezer to preserve their potency? I can order them by the pound but don’t want to end up with ‘flat’ herbs…these are dried herbs by the way…thanks!

3 thoughts on “Can herbs such as catnip, cooking herbs (marjoram, thyme, savory, basil, etc.) and medicinal herbs be kept in?

  1. I have a friend that freezes her herbs as they keep for a while and becoem more potent so you don;t have to use as much.

    The tiniest bit of basil (a few flecks on the top of my finger), was like biting into a whole leaf.

  2. As long as you package them in airtight containers such as vacuum seal freezer bags, they will last for up to or exceeding one year. Air is the enemy of anything we freeze; the more air removed and tighter the seal is, the longer an item will last in the freezer. Now order a pound of herbs or spices would be more then you probably use in a full life time from birth to death. Ounces would be more along the lines to order; one ounce of most herbs & spices would give you about pint size jar of amount of the item and that’s a lot of herb or spice. Besides, if the herb or spice were to turn bad, you’d only be discarding a small amount instead of a pound of expensive stuff. I hope this helped, good luck.
    Oh, a pound of dried herbs would be like a paper shopping bag full; you’d get it in compacted form, and once you began to extract a small amount from the compressed form, the rest would begin to explained and one big mess you’d have.

  3. DRIED herbs you should not keep in the freezer. they will draw moisture and become mushy. Except if you have such a freezer that will keep a temperature of -18ºC. Then
    you pack your herbs very tight into airtight bags. or containers with a tight fitting lid. but there flavor will not stay until you have used up the last stick. 6 month is the max you should store them.

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