It is the time of year that many of us do a lot of baking and cooking. Before you start the process, make sure your spices and herbs are in order. I know that I have some bottles that have been in the back of my cabinet forever! The truth is spices and herbs don’t really spoil, they just loose potency. For the most flavor, you will want to use spices and herbs that still have strength.
One of the easiest ways to tell if you herbs and spices are still worth using is the smell. If you open the bottle and there is aroma, you are good to go. If the color is lost on herbs and there is hardly any smell, toss it.
To save money on replacing your herbs and spices, head to a store that has bulk food bins. For one thing, you will be able to buy the quantity you need. Some spices I only use for a couple of recipes a year. Buying a jar would be wasteful. Also, the bulk bin prices are usually cheaper than the bottles.
Another way I save on herbs is by planting an herb garden in the spring. My plants are now gone since we have had frost. But I did dry some of the herbs for use this winter.
What are your tips for saving money on spices and herbs?