|Grinding your own spices is really easy with a pestle|
I wasn't brought up on spicy food - quite the opposite - but I now use herbs and spices almost every day and can't imagine cooking without them. When I was little I remember lifting our esteemed jar of mixed spice from the back of the cupboard every year as part of the family ritual that was making our Be-Ro Christmas cake. That, plus an ancient jar of ground nutmeg, which was used exclusively for sprinkling over the top of custard tarts, was it on the spice front as far as I can recall. Food must have been dull in those days!
|Buying spices in bulk makes sense - |
as long as you'll use them!
So if you're using the same spices on a regular basis it definitely makes economic sense to buy in bulk. Most spices keep really fresh for ages if they're stored in airtight jars - I've got some lovely nice glass jars that I use - but it isn't necessary to go to the expense of buying jars. Old jam or pickle jars can be used just as well but they need to be thoroughly washed before putting the spices in. Pickle flavoured cinnamon is not a good idea!
So 53 different variety's of herbs and spices in my store cupboard and here they are. It would be nice to hear if anyone has more!
|A (very) small selection of spices from my store cupboard!|
|These airtight jars keep my spices really fresh.|
|Cumin Seeds, Ground Coriander, Black Peppercorns,|
Paprika and Cinnamon