oh, hi there.
i have something very important to tell you: you might be spending way too much for spices and herbs!
i feel like i have this very special knowledge that i have to get out into the world. There is an aisle in your grocery store where the herbs and spices are super inexpensive. And that aisle looks a lot like this:
it’s usually tucked in near the hispanic food section. (or if you’re at Lucky’s in Oakland, it’s in the farthest back corner flanked by some fake plants and the employee entrance to the seafood section). what i’m getting at, is that these spices are probably hiding from you.
but they’re well worth the search because every last one of them is under a buck.
let’s do some comparison shopping. cumin: one of my most favorite spices (mmm, guacamole). Safeway.com reports that the cheapest plastic bottle of the stuff is $3.49! Now, we look around for the bagged spices and…
79¢! can you believe it?
Now, they don’t have every flavor of spice, and if you’re tricking out your fancy fancy spice rack for the first time, by all means buy some nice bottles. Just don’t forget the bagged spices when your supplies are running low. 69¢ to refill the oregano?! yes, please!
secret bonus: here is another really powerful spice that’s well worth dropping 75¢ (it’s secret, because it is only available to folks who can read italics).