Refilling Spice Jars

Save a bundle the next time you buy spices. Instead of reaching for the Spice Islands or any other brands that put spices in a jar, shop at stores that sell spices in bulk.

Some Kroger stores feature bulk spices; so do Food for Less stores. Savings? How about 400% less than the prepackaged spices. And it's great fun to look at and sniff the many spices. Just don't sneeze! Happy Savings!


By Jerry M.

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By Donnajean (Guest Post)
May 10, 20050 found this helpful

We live near an Amish community where they sell all the spices and herbs in bulk along with yeast,oatmeal,flower and several othe things and it is so much cheaper than buying in retail stores.

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May 10, 20050 found this helpful

At our local bulk spice and natural foods store I like the system they have. I bring in my empty spice container from home and they weight the container. Then I go and fill it and then pay the difference between empty and full. No little bag to fill (and buy) and then later empty at home.

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May 11, 20050 found this helpful

In our area, we have to rely on local farmers markets and dollar stores for cheap prices on spices.

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January 15, 20060 found this helpful

FYI, spices never spoil but they lose their potency. You will ruin a recipe by using old spices. I learned this the hard way when the herb I used was past its prime. I love to cook and do a lot of home cooking but find McCormick herbs/spices in the store to be perfectly fine for my use and reasonable enough in price.


I have bought in bulk just to find the quality was not what I expected and it ended up going "bad" before I could use it all. You get what you pay for! Check dates on spices you buy and be sure you're getting ones that have a long enough shelf life.

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By Lynda (Guest Post)
July 17, 20070 found this helpful

If I used a large amount of store-bought spices, I'd want to save all I could. On what product did you save the whopping 400%? That's a HUGE savings!

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By gysgt922861 (Guest Post)
November 8, 20070 found this helpful

FYI When using spices always try to buy whole. Not ground/powder. Whole spices have a much longer shelf life.

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April 29, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Jerry, I am with you on those spice ideas! I like to shop at Winco and get a small amount or large in the bulk spice section.



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