Originally Posted by Mad Cook
The problem with buying in bulk is that most ground spices and dried herbs have a very short shelf life (approx 6 months at the longest and if kept dry and in the dark) so buying in bulk, if you can't use them in this amount of time, is very wasteful.
I always thought there was a 6-month shelf life, then I got a nice, glossy, entertaining and informative catalog from Penszeys
. Oh, and it's FREE.
You would think that since they are selling herbs and spices they would like you to have a frequent turnover of your personal stock, right? Nope. They tell you that since the plants are harvested and processed once a year it's kinda silly to throw out what you have and buy newer ones that might be from the same batches you just threw out. Makes sense. They also tell you to do a sniff test before you pitch it. If it smells good, use it!
I love a company that sells a product and tries to save you money on them too. There stuff is really good, as many of us here at DC will attest.