fyi: buying spices in bulk

Author: Deborah Harroun

Posted by | August 18, 2010 | Deborah, FYI | No Comments

I can’t tell you how excited I was when a new grocery store opened up near me and I learned that they sold spices in bulk.  I was on cloud nine!!  And even though none of my spices needed replenishing, I still had to go and check it out.

Since then, I have only bought spices in bulk.  I am amazed at how much more inexpensive it is!  You will need to purchase jars for the spices, so there is a small up front cost, but the jars plus the spices are still usually cheaper than buying jarred spices.  And then you can reuse the jar!  Or do what I am doing – whenever I run out of a spice, I just save the jar, clean it thoroughly, and then refill it with the spice bought in bulk.

Other reasons to buy spices in bulk:

If you only need a small amount for a recipe.  I know I’ve ended up buying a jar of a spice before for a recipe and only needed less than a teaspoon.  And then the spice sat in my cupboard forever.  When you buy in bulk, you only have to buy as much as you need!

Even if you use a certain spice fairly often, buying in bulk helps you to keep your spices fresher.  Even some of my more-used spices take months to go through a jar.  Being able to buy a smaller amount makes it so that the spice isn’t sitting in the cupboard all that time.

You do have to be careful when buying spices in bulk, though.  Make sure you are buying them from a reputable vendor, preferably one that you know is busy so you know the spices have a quick turnaround.  You may want to smell the spice before you purchase it as well to make sure that it is fresh.

Do you buy in bulk?

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  • Evan @swEEts says:

    I wish there was a place closer where I could buy bulk! The only place I know of is Whole Foods and its about an hour away :( But whenever I’m there I do as much bulk as I can!

  • kate says:

    YES! a place called kaculas in perth, western australia. I learned to go there from my dad. we also buy our coffee there, they have beans from many continents, you select and then grind them instore for freshness. I wouldn’t go back to shop bought in a million years.

  • kate says:

    ps// don’t buy jars unless you’re looking for a particular ‘look’ in your kitchen. just save penut butter jars/ whatever you buy that comes in jars, then you have no extra cost at all.

  • Spoon and Chopsticks says:

    There is no place closer to where I live where I can bulk buy. Nice tips though.

    http://spoon-and-chopsticks.blogspot.com

  • Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    Excellent tips! I’ll keep that in mind! Thanks!

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