Use the following guidelines for storing your spices and herbs to maintain maximum quality. To prevent flavor and color loss, avoid moisture, light, heat and air.
Store in tightly covered containers.
Store in a dark place away from sunlight, such as inside a cupboard or drawer.
Avoid storage above the dishwasher, microwave, stove or refrigerator, or near a sink or heating vent.
If storing in an open spice rack, store in a site away from heat, light and moisture.
Avoid sprinkling dried spices and herbs directly from container into a steaming pot to prevent moisture from entering the container.
Use a dry spoon to measure spices and herbs from a container.
Keep these points in mind regarding refrigerator/freezer storage:
Refrigerate paprika, chili powder and red pepper for best color retention, especially in summer or hotter climates.
Spices and herbs can get wet if condensation forms when a cold container from a refrigerator or freezer is left open in a humid kitchen.