If you already understand the importance of avoiding the baking aisle spice rack in your neighborhood grocery store, stop here and go read Smitten Kitchen‘s latest recipe or the inspiration at Momzoo. This post is directed towards those who need a little more spice in their life and a little more moolah in their bank account.
Not long ago, I was like you. I would spend way too long looking at the little bottles of “Spice Islands” and “McCormick” wishing I could fill my cupboard with them. And really, I don’t have too much against them- McCormick bottles line the shelf of my mother’s spice rack and they served me well as I learned the ins and outs around the kitchen. But, seriously, a bottle of cinnamon sticks for $17.48? Dried rosemary for $8? I can’t justify the expense!
And then I discovered it: the bulk foods aisle.
I was 18 years old, freshly out into the world, when I had my first Winco experience.
What a poor young girl’s dream it was. First, I was drawn to the produce. This wasn’t the produce I was used to. And the prices! Sigh. But that’s another story.
After a few visits, however, I felt myself pulled to the bins. The bins and bins of everything imaginable. Whole wheat flour, pancake batter, split pea soup mix, sliced almonds, peanut butter brickle… it went on and on! And then I spotted them: The spices. Everything priced per pound. I didn’t really realize it at the time, but this experience changed my life.
Sometimes, however, I forget myself.
Last night Steve and I made a quick stop at the local Super 1 foods, because I thought spinach was on sale (it wasn’t, but that doesn’t really matter to the story.) I needed a few spices and, without thinking clearly, we headed to the baking aisle. Allspice berries ≈ $12. Cinnamon sticks ≈ $17. Whole cloves ≈ $12. Whole nutmeg ≈ $16. No way in heck was I going to do that to our grocery budget! I sighed, decided to do without the homemade apple cider at our Halloween party this weekend, and cried a little. Inner tantrums happen. But then, like a ton of bricks it hit me! I didn’t need those stupid little jars, I knew better!
Now, call me crazy, but I don’t spend a lot of time in the organic food aisles. Just too darned pricey, sorry. But I know Huckleberry’s! Not only is it an amazing website where you get to listen to me ramble, but it is an amazing little part of the grocery store where you can buy all the organic gluten-free food your heart desires- as well as amazing bulk foods.
Allspice berries = 47¢ Cinnamon sticks = 37¢ Whole cloves = 51¢. Whole nutmeg = 35¢
That’s more like it.
And that’s all I have to say about that.