We all know the laws of energy conservation, right? Well, the same applies to what you eat, so that what you get out is only going to be as good as what you put in. So start with the good goods. When it comes to spices and herbs (dried, not fresh), buy them in bulk.
What comes to your mind when you hear “bulk”? As for me, I think of large amounts of things. Throw that thought out, though; bulk in this case simply means that you’re buying spices in a bulk section of a store. Why? I’ll tell you.
- It’s cheaper–buy what you need, need what you buy.
- They’ll retain their potency–spices head south, as it were, pretty quickly (Varies from spice to spice, but we’ll say 6 months to a year or so. Yes, that fast.)
- Easier to go on a flavor adventure with a new spice–there’s no commitment needed! Instead of debating about an 8-oz. container of berbere blend, buy half an ounce. No game, no shame in chucking it. Or giving to a friend.
Check out some of the spices I recently picked up at my new favorite store in Austin, TX–I am the only person I know who really thrills at “grocery” stores–and you can see that what I did involved little commitment. Seven cents? Oh yeah, and it’ll last me! Thanks to my cute sister-in-law and brother for introducing me to the wonderful wonders of Central Market and Austin.