A Trick for Storing Dried Thyme

I store most of my dried herbs in mason jars.  It’s an easy choice because we have lots of them, they fit on our shelves easily and (most importantly) they have lids to keep humidity, moisture and dust away from our dried herbs.

But that’s not my trick.  Take a look at this photo and see if you can figure out another advantage of using mason for storing thyme:

A Trick for Storing Dried Thyme Thyme Herbs dried herbs

Need a hint?  Look at the bottom of the jar – there’s a bunch of leaves that aren’t attached to stems.

To remove the leaves from the stems of dried thyme all you need to do is shake the jar a few times.  When you shake the jar the thyme will rub against itself and fall easily to the bottom.

For best results:

  1. Make sure to leave the lid on.
  2. Make sure there’s room at the top of the jar so the thyme can move a few inches up and down.

To use it, remove the lid and loosely hold your fingers (to prevent stems from falling out) – the leaves will easily pass through!

Do ou have a better trick?  I’d love to hear it!


  1. ringadingding says:

    brilliant! couldn’t you also make an alternate lid with holes punched in it, so you could have a shaker top to swap out as needed?

  2. Huh. I never thought of that. Usually I move the thyme into the garage for the winter and continue to use it fresh, but this is a great alternative.

  3. Ziploc bags work too – that’s what I use!

  4. Before I put my herbs into my jars, I first put them into a spaghetti strainer over another bowl. Rub herbs with your hands. Small leaves fall through the strainer and it is easier to remove stems.

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