Here’s what you need to know about storing za’atar seasoning and how long it will stay fresh in the fridge or in the pantry.
If you’ve picked up a fresh shaker of dried za’atar seasoning or creamy za’atar olive oil condiment, you’re probably thrilled to put it to use in the kitchen. But unless you use it all straight away (and we wouldn’t blame you), it’s best to know where and how to store za’atar to keep it at the peak of flavor and zestiness for as long as possible.
Here are our top tips for storing your za’atar products at home so everything you make with this beloved Mediterranean seasoning blend tastes as zippy, bright and herbaceous as you expect.
Does Zaatar go bad?
Technically, dried za’atar seasoning won’t go bad. However, like all spices, it will lose its potency and vibrant color over time. Once the spice jar is opened, environmental factors like oxygen, heat, light and moisture can degrade the delicate spice molecules over time.
If you’re worried that your za’atar went bad, a good way to test for the freshness of any spice is to rub a pinch of the seasoning against your palm. Give it a sniff. If the spice is hard to smell or just dull, that’s a sign that your spice is past its prime. It’s not unsafe to eat, but it won’t provide the vim and vigor you expect from a bold spice blend like za'atar.
Should Za’atar be refrigerated?
Most dry spice blends and individual seasonings like basil, oregano and rosemary, can be stored in a cool, dark place. They don’t need to be refrigerated, so a pantry or spice cabinet will do the trick. However, it’s best to keep your spices away from areas of the kitchen that have significant temperature changes, such as the oven or stove. Spices tend to go bad faster when they’re exposed to high heat or undergo regular temperature fluctuations.
Za’atar, however, is different from your typical dried spice. This Middle Eastern blend contains sesame seeds. And sesame seeds contain oil, which is more volatile than the compounds in dried herbs.
For this reason, sesame seeds, and za’atar, are more likely to start to taste rancid than other spices. The best way to preserve the integrity of your za’atar spice blend is to keep it in an airtight container in the fridge.
Our seasoning shakers and glass condiment jars are designed to keep your za’atar sealed and fresh.
Do I refrigerate the Za’atar Olive Oil condiment?
No! The olive oil is a natural preservative and will stay fresh up to six months after opening. Just like plain olive oil, you don’t refrigerate. Make sure you keep the condiment in a cool dark place away from direct sunlight. If you refrigerate it by accident let the jar get to room temperature before using.
How long does Zaaar last in the fridge?
Stored properly, za’atar will last in the fridge for up to eight months. But chances are it won’t last that long!
How to Use Za’atar
If you’re looking for recipe inspiration for that new addition to your fridge, be sure to check out our recipe archive, which includes popular dishes like:
- Za’atar breadcrumbs
- Za’atar alfredo pizza