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How to Store Thyme

Short Term Thyme Storage

Since thyme is a woodier herb, you can either store them with the paper towel method or the jar method.

Paper towel method: wrap fresh thyme in a slightly damp paper towel and place in a plastic bag large enough not to crush the leaves. Place the bagged thyme in the refrigerator; it will keep fresh for about 2 weeks.

Jar method: partially fill a jar or a water glass with water; place the stem ends of the unwashed thyme into the water in the container. Store the jar of thyme in the refrigerator, cover loosely with a plastic bag. Change the water after several days if the water starts to discolor. Fresh thyme will last up to 2 weeks or longer when stored this way.

Thyme Long Term Storage

To freeze: remove the leaves and discard the thyme stems. Fill every ice cube cavity of an ice cube tray with the thyme leafs, then completely top off with water. Place in the freezer for 2 days; remove the thyme cubes and transfer them into a freezer Ziploc bag. Store the Ziploc bag in the freezer for 2 months and use as needed.

Thyme Side Notes

A member of the mint family, thyme is an aromatic perennial evergreen shrub. While there are over 100 varieties of thyme, all of which are fragrant to some extent, there are 3 that have a special place in the kitchen: lemon thyme, caraway thyme, and common thyme.

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