Thursday, May 20, 2010
So the other day, to make a Tagine recipe, I had to go out and buy 4 spices that I didn't already have in my pantry. I am a spice nazi. I hoard them as much as possible because I hate going out to buy news ones. After this particular spice-buying trip, I discovered I had spent about 25 dollars on 4 little jars of spice! I was pretty annoyed, and vowed I would find some other source for spice buying than the supermarket.
I googled wholesale spices and found The Atlantic Spice Company (www.atlanticspice.com).
This place is so cool!! Did any of you know about this place and if so, why didn't you tell me!? You can buy a whole pound of certain spices for as little as $3.50. After going over in my head about how much certain spices cost, even the "cheap spices" (garlic powder/salt, onion powder/salt, celery salt, etc) are cheaper on this website. They also sell essential oils (although I can't claim to know the regular prices of those, but some of you oil people may). They sell various types of rice (a pound of Arborio for $3.50, for example), and different couscous, lentils and quinoa. They also sell bulk and bagged tea in some delicious flavors, and baking goods like tapioca pearls, arrowroot, and they even sell a 1 lb bag of bee pollen (I have no idea what you do with this, but it sounds neat).
I'm also excited because they sell smoked Spanish paprika, which I could not find anywhere and you can even buy spice blends like Herbs de Provence and Adobo seasoning (although Adobo is cheap no matter where you go, I'm just saying).
Check it out and maybe save a little money! Orders over $40 are free, and you ought to be able to get a large amount of different spices for that price :) I doubt you would want to do it if you rarely use any spices at all. I am a big spice fan so even bulk spices wouldn't last so long that they'd go bad. I looked it up and you can apparently freeze spices safely for up to 1 year by placing them individually in small freezer bags and then placing those, in turn, in a large freezer bag. They don't recommend doing this for a long period of time, as certain spices, such as black pepper, cloves, and garlic will become too strong and bitter. Garlic salt/powder and onion both powder and minced do not stay in my house long enough to go bad, no matter how much I have on hand.
Another fun little detail: they give you recipes for potpourri! They have bath potpourri recipes, and sleepytime bed pillow recipes. I imagine either of these would be fun to put together and give as gifts at Christmastime or other major holidays.
Please come back here and let me know what you think!