I have been patiently waiting for the new bulk foods store Dutchland Foods to open it’s doors in Marion. The rumored opening is sometime in August, but I have not really seen anything official.
This new store opening in Marion is a pretty big deal.
The town of Marion has been without a grocery store for a while now, and personally I am super excited to have another bulk foods store option in the area. I love to shop in bulk, and I usually do all my pantry stock up shopping at Sauder’s in Seneca Falls which is a haul for me. Having a closer bulk foods alternative will be fantastic!
A while ago I started to experiment with homemade substitutes and pantry staples, and found that many foods that my family consumes daily or weekly can be made from scratch with basic ingredients at a fraction of what it costs to buy prepared. I have shared a few of my favorite recipes here and am planning on sharing more in the future, but today I thought I would share my 25 Essential Spices for your Pantry, and a few shopping and storage tips.
Before stocking up
- Start by taking inventory of the spices you already have on hand.
- Weed out any spices that have passed their prime. Generally speaking, any ground spices over 1 year old should probably be tossed. They begin to lose their potency after about 6 months. Although I always use the highly scientific “sniff test” to gauge freshness, and determine if I should keep or toss.
- Round up storage containers and labels. Store spices in airtight containers. I prefer glass jars, and use mason jars and Anchor Hocking Glass Country Comfort Jars. The plastic cases or bags that bulk spices come from get messy in your pantry pretty quickly.
The 25 Essential Spices for your Pantry
- Bay Leaves
- Dill Weed
- Ground Mace
- Smoked Paprika
- Ground Cumin
- Ground Nutmeg
- Ground Ginger
- Ground Cloves
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Coriander Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Celery Seed
- Ground Mustard
- Black Pepper
- Chili Powder
- Parsley- I love dried parsley, but really don’t consider it essential. But because I use it so often I wanted to include it here. It’s great for adding a color to dishes and livening them up. I dry my own from my garden to use in soups, stews and sauces all winter.
These 25 herbs and spices will cover a lot of ground, from everyday homemade convenience mixes to baking up sweet treats around the holidays. But I have put together a few of my favorite seasoning mixes using these spices and herbs:
Favorite Recipes for Homemade Spice and Seasoning Mixes
- Homemade Apple Pie Spice
- Homemade Pizza Seasoning Mix
- Homemade Sazón
- Homemade Taco Seasoning
- Homemade Pizza Seasoning
- Homemade Old Bay Seasoning
- Homemade Chicken Fajita Seasoning