Friday, June 10, 2016


Whole spices or ground?  I’m sure you have asked yourself this question.  It is things like this that keep me up at night.

There are a lot of passionate opinions on this subject.  I say to each his own.  However, before you decide I think it is important that you do a little research on the subject so that you can make an informed decision.

In many cities there are spice shops that are hitting the foodie scene.  This is a great place to talk to knowledgeable people, buy spices in bulk, pre-packaged, and find custom blends.

One of my favorite shops is in Aurora, CO., we found it on one of our travel adventures.  Savory Spice Shop has some custom spice blends that we just love.  They have stores throughout the country.

Spices can also be purchased by mail order, which can be quite cost effective. Just make sure that you have room to properly store what you buy and will use it up before it loses its potency.  Find them 

I prefer to buy my Asian spices in an Asian grocery store and Middle Eastern Spices in a Middle Eastern store. I find that the prices are much better because they are everyday spices for them and not considered a specialty item.

The storage of spices is very important.  I prefer glass jars over plastic and I like to keep them in a cool dark place.  Many people will tell you that spices have a shelf life of 6 months – 1 year.  I am not sure I agree.  Spices don’t usually go bad they just lose their potency.  Do a simple smell and taste test to check them before toss them out.

Buying whole spices can be more affordable than those already ground.  It pays to shop around.  Should you want to buy whole spices – you will need a spice or coffee grinder.

Whatever your preference – be adventurous.  Talk with your local spice monger and step out of your comfort zone.  Spices can change your world.

eat. love. live well.

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