I love planting an herb garden and using fresh herbs. Besides planting them in a flower bed, they can be planted in containers, and in hanging baskets. You can even turn your rock garden into an herb garden.
When the summer is over, there is a sense of satisfaction in drying your herbs for use in the winter time and for long term food storage. However, if your herb garden yield is small, you may want to consider buying wholesale spices and herbs. You can also purchase baking ingredients in bulk.
There are several places where you can purchase dried herbs and spices in bulk and the prices are very reasonable. Look for wholesale spices and herb stores that sell to the public. I prefer San Francisco Herb Company… but you can just “google” herbs and spices to get other sources.
Along with unusual herbs and spices, many companies have a large offering of bulk baking ingredients. Buttermilk powder, cheese powder, tapioca pearls, and vanilla powder are just part of a larger selection of baking items.
Some of the unusual items that are available at wholesale spice companies are: tomato powder, lemon juice powder, vanilla beans, bacon bits, bay spice blend (Old Bay) and Chicken Seasoning.
Your savings are considerable if your purchase your selections by the pound. I place my order with a couple of friends and we share. (Over the course of a lifetime, I can’t imagine using up one pound of Allspice Powder… or Dill Weed.)
My friends and I get together for a repackaging party. We use my Vac sealer to the package the herbs and spices into small 1 to 2 oz. packets. The packets are labeled and placed into clean #10 cans with a lid. To really insure protection, you can remove the air from your canning jars by using your Vac sealer again. You can also put your packets into clean mismatched jars that has a tight lid
Preserving spices, herbs and baking ingredients will not only come in handy for long term food storage… it’s just convenient… especially when you’re making the dressing for Thanksgiving dinner and realize… at midnight… you’re out of Poultry Seasoning.
Happy Canning and Preserving
Kathy Griffiths – Insightful Nana
P.S. My favorite product is the buttermilk power. It comes in so handy when I make my famous “Super Easy Chocolate Cake recipe”