Buy the right spices

So he found a store that sells spices in bulk and is not sure what to buy. If this is your first time buying dry herbs and spices instead of just using a spice rack at a retail store, the options can be overwhelming. What should you buy? How much of that? What is a good way to store these spices in bulk?

The bulk spice section at your local store may have dozens of options, some of which you've never heard of. Deciding which spices to buy can be difficult. The easiest way to start is by reviewing the whole food recipes you use and use the most. If you find yourself making a lot of salads, check out the spices for dressings. Oregano, garlic powder or granules, basil, and paprika are common ingredients in many homemade dressings. If you've been eating Indian food, look for spices like turmeric, ground ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne, and possibly saffron. Start with 5 or 6 spices and expand as you feel the need to try new things.

Remember that dried herbs and spices lose their flavor over time. Keeping your whole foods tasty is an important step in maintaining your new lifestyle. So make sure you buy enough spices to last 2-3 months. When starting out, it may be best to buy just enough for 1 to 2 weeks. See which spices you are using more quickly and which are using more slowly. If you have your own chai tea mix, you'll find yourself using cardamom and cloves; however, those strong spices are used very slowly. Others, like garlic powder and pepper, will be used much more quickly. Start by buying a few tablespoons of each spice and increase as you learn how much or how little you need of each herb and spice.

When you use a bulk section to make your own spice rack, you may need your own jars. A television chef uses a great idea that many home cooks and even some restaurants use to store spices. Metal cans with a rotatable lid of about 4 to 8 ounces, depending on how much you use, are a great storage place for your spices. These stack well in cabinets, can be easily labeled, and are airtight. Plus, these cans are lightweight enough to stick to your closets with magnets or velcro to save space.

Take the time to decide which spice k2 you need, know the quantity of each one and store them properly. Your homemade "spice rack" may be much more satisfying than anything you've bought in the kitchen or home section or at your retail stores before.

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