Herb Storage

We all need a place to put our herbs. Most of us put them in a cupboard in the kitchen so they’re handy for cooking. This is what most kitchen cupboards look like:


Image via Wikimedia Commons John Reid CCA-SA 3.0
Image via Wikimedia Commons John Reid CCA-SA 3.0

All those plastic & glass bottles let in light which, in time, leaches out healthful compounds in herbs.

In school, we were taught to put our herbs in a canning jar, then put that jar into a brown paper bag, close it with a twist-tie and label.

IMG_0033This offends my neatness sensibilities.

I keep a couple months’ supply in the kitchen and the rest is in ziplock bags (with the air squished out) in a plastic tub in the cool, dark, dry basement. I replenish my kitchen stock as needed from there.

A couple of weeks ago, I had an “aha” moment. You may already have had this moment but just in case, I’ll share it with you.

Instead of putting your jar into a paper bag to keep out light, take a little more time and paint the outside of your jar with glass paint!

IMG_0035(I hope you are a better letterer than I am.)

Several coats are needed (this jar has three) but once you’re done, you have something that looks better than a bag and keeps out light.

IMG_0034(The light at the top is from the camera flash. But no light gets through the side.)

You still need to keep them in a cool, dry, dark place but at least this’ll help with the “dark” and “dry” parts.

Now all I have to do is find room for all those pint-sized canning jars…

1 Comment

  • FreeWitch Posted May 31, 2015 10:56 am

    Totally love this idea. Never even thought about doing this. I have run across some very small sized mason/ball jars that I’ve wondered what could be done with them. Usually I’ve found them in thrift stores and flea markets. Problem with them is they usually don’t have lids. I’ll have to do some more digging to see if I can find them complete.

    Thanks so much for the idea!

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