Herbs and spices should be stored in airtight bottles, away from the exposure to heat, moisture, and direct sunlight. These elements hasten the loss of flavor and aroma of herbs and spices. Avoid storing your herbs and spices over the stove, dishwasher, sinks, or near a window. Members of the red pepper family (capsicums), such as paprika and chili powder, should be refrigerated to help retain color and guard against infestation. This is important especially during the summer months and in particularly hot climates.