So you wanna my top-secret kitchen tip do you?
It struck me like an unexpected bee sting the other day as I shopping at my local overpriced “healthy” food store. Which shall remain nameless (*cough Henry’s cough*).
As I was passing through the “bulk spices”, I only walk down that aisle to feel like I got one up on Columbus anyway, I realized that I could try buying some bulk spice and keeping them in air tight containers. So I trotted backward, quite a skill, and looked at the price on the jar. The price for cinnamon was 10.99 a lb! What! That is outrageous! Who would pay that? That’s when Mr. Snail came up behind me, it took him a little longer since I am such a skilled “trotter”, and asked “What’s going on?”.
Can you believe that price for some cinnamon? I stammered. Now suddenly realizing that I must still be helping to pay off the cost of Columbus’ ships. Mr. Snail smiled, like he does when he thinks I am being silly. He very nicely explained that unless I was going to buy a pound that the price was actually very reasonable.
I got it. So I jumped in and started to fill up my plastic take home bags with spices. Imagine my joy friends as cinnamon rang up at .50! I literally patted myself on the back. Yup, in the store with everyone watching.
That is the day that I learned that shopping for spices “from the jar” are much cheaper than buying a small container of a spice at the store. If you keep them in air tight containers it keeps them super fresh and you can definitely taste it in your food you make.