Labeling Chinese herbs and storing them in your fridge

At JewelPie, we like to keep things organised. We organise our entryway, business cards and even chopping boards. It is not a surprise that we keep our Chinese herbs neat too.

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Where to store Chinese herbs
Our hot weather means we do not have the luxury of storing certain fresh food in the open. Chinese herbs are one of the many food that would stay fresh longer in the fridge. Though it is not necessary, all herbalist we spoke to highly recommend that we do. So we dedicated part of our fridge to storing Chinese herbs like dang shen/dong sum (codonopsis root) and kei chi/ goui (wolfberries).

Organising Chinese herbs in takeaway plastic containers
At the beginning, we weren’t familiar with all the herbs. Having all types of similar looking herbs kept in sealed plastic bags can be very confusing and inconvenient. So we decided to keep all our herbs in takeaway plastic containers. The containers have the benefits of being inexpensive and clear; its feasible and let us identify herbs easily.

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Labelling and arranging herbs
They are then labelled for easy recognition and stacked up. In the coming week, we’ll show you how we like to label our herbs.

Benefit of organising and labelling herbs in plastic containers
Herbs in plastic containers is much more neater than those in plastic bags tied with rubber bands. They also look aesthetically pleasing. What we like most is the ease of getting what we want quickly; we just reach out to the box that spells ‘huai shan’.

organise chinese herbs

Herbal recipes
Here are some of our favourite recipes using basic Chinese herbs such as honey dates and bei qi/puk kei (astragalus root)


Do you use Chinese herbs in your cooking? If you do, how do you store your herbs?


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4 Responses to “Labeling Chinese herbs and storing them in your fridge”

  1. Sue Tay
    June 24, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Interesting! I might buy some of those takeaway containers for the bigger herbs. What I have been doing is keeping glass bottles from spaghetti sauce or Ayam brand pastes, removing their label and recycling them to store the smaller herbs. I’d cut the label from the packet of the herb, along with its expiry date and cello-tape it onto the bottle =)

  2. Sara
    July 2, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Great idea! re: cut the label from the packet of the herb, along with its expiry date and cello-tape it onto the bottle


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