Smoke Shop Advice on Keeping Herbs Fresh

Smoke Shop Advice on Keeping Herbs Fresh

Shop our New Orleans store for all of your legal smoking herb storage needs.

Few things are more beautiful than fresh, moist, verdant herbs—and by the same token, few things are sadder than dried-out, crumbly, brownish herbs that weren’t given the chance to live their best, most aromatic life. The good news? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but there are just about as many strategies for herb preservation as there are myths about how to keep herbs fresh.

So what’s the key to helping herbs live the long, happy life they deserve? Are orange peels the secret to keeping legal smoking herbs fresh? Keep reading, and we’ll shed light on some of these common practices and share our staff picks for storing herbs.

Mason Jars

The stylish storage unit du jour for the open shelving/subway tile/Millennial pink decor crowd is also an effective way to store herbs. Pros: mason jars are cheap, air-tight, readily available, and they double as drinking glasses. Cons: They’re breakable, have no humidity control and allow in light, which can degrade the herb. If you do go this route, fill the jar mostly full, screw it completely closed, store in a dark, cool place, and consume your herb as soon as possible.


Are you looking for a way to keep your cereal fresh? Do you want to take a cross-country trip with your herb without stinking up your car? Well, consider a Tightvac– the air-tight, odor-proof travel container that creates a vacuum seal and a handy storage area for up to 1 ounce of dried legal smoking herbs. Aficionados say that Tightvacs keep everything fresh longer, and there’s even room to store a small grinder and pipe in there.

Stink Sacks

They come in designer colors and patterns (including one that looks just like bacon)! Yes, Stink Sacks are the most fun you can have with child-resistant, food-grade, tamper-evident packaging—plus they come in sizes ranging from a gram to more than a pound. They’re reusable, but not so expensive that you’ll feel bad trashing one if you’re traveling, and $8.99 for a pack of 10 sacks is a small price to pay for the peace of mind that comes with secure, odorless herb storage.

The Whole Orange Peel Thing

It’s not so much a preservation strategy as it is a rejuvenation strategy touted by herbal enthusiasts–should the worst happen and your herb deteriorate into dry, crusty shake, an orange peel can rejuvenate it, they say. Is there truth to this myth? Well, it may give your herb a pleasant citrusy taste, but if left too long in a container with herb, moist orange peels can introduce bacteria and mold. We’d warn against this technique. If your herb is that far gone, try making it into butter instead.

What’s your favorite way to preserve your precious legal smoking herbs? Have you ever tried the orange peel trick? Come by Mushroom New Orleans any day between 10 a.m. to midnight and we’ll talk shop.

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