Herbs and Spices, You Are Getting Ripped Off!

You Know You are Overpaying for Herbs and Spices

I know you hear all the time that buying herbs and spices at the grocery store is a rip off, so why are you still doing it?

I think the biggest reason is convenience.  You are already at the grocery store and you just want to get home and get dinner going or relax or whatever.  However, this is killing your pocket book and you may not know how much it’s costing you so I’m going to break it down using Bay leafs and Basil as an example.

Breaking down the costs

On my last trip to the big box grocery store I took a few pictures of some well known herb and spice brand bottles and shelf price tags, their identities have been masked to protect their anonymity.

Basil

Pictured two name brand and one store brand Basil containers.  Each container has about .5 ounces, and if you want a laugh zoom into the photos and check out their price per ounce on the shelf tag.

The pricing on the Basil is $8.99, $7.99 and $3.99.

Bay Leaves

For the Bay leaves I got all three brand names in there and they each have about .14 ounces in each jar, really zoom in on the price per ounce on the shelf tag for these.

The pricing on the Bay is $10.99, $6.99, and $15.99.

Here is where it gets real

In our shop we carry high quality Organic and Kosher Certified Basil and Bay Leaves.  The Basil comes from Egypt and the Bay from Turkey.   There are times that we have to hold our orders because our supplier ran out and is waiting for restock, though annoying it does ensure that we aren’t buying herbs and spices that have just been sitting around for a few years.

Our Basil vs. Theirs

Our Basil currently sells for $0.04/gram.  The equivalent quantity of Basil to the big box store would only cost $0.57 and if you didn’t have a jar we sell them for $1.99.

This means you are spending $6.43, $5.43, or $1.43 more at the big box store than if you were to buy them in bulk.

Our Bay vs. Theirs

Our Bay leaves currently sells for $0.06/gram.  The equivalent quantity of Bay leaves to the big box store would only cost $0.24 and again, we have jars at $1.99.

This means you are spending $13.76, $8.76, or $4.76 more at the big box store than if you were to buy them in bulk.

So Stop Getting Ripped Off!

This post just compared two very commonly used herbs, and I can tell you that bottle of Basil would be gone with one batch of tomato sauce.  I get that we want convenience when shopping, it’s hard enough to get through the work day sometimes and we don’t want to bounce around a bunch of stores.

Another thing to remember is that you really want to replace your herbs and spices at least every 6 months, though hopefully you’ve used them before that time.

What Can We Do To Help?

While I am sitting here writing this I noticed that I am calling you all out a bit, so now I’m going to call ourselves out a little because really what are we doing to help you buy better?

One thing that comes to mind is you can call us with your list and we can have everything packaged and ready for you to pickup at your convenience.  
Another way we could help is if you dropped off your containers and a list of what you want we can fill them up and keep a little more plastic out of our landfill.

You should be able to get and use fantastic herbs and spices without getting ripped off and without it being a huge interruption to your schedule.  If you think of other ways we could make this easier on you please let us know, after all we’re here for you.

Cheers.

Get ready because here we come

We haven’t posted at all lately because we have been busy busy busy.

We have finished the recipes for our lotion base, lip balm base and alcohol free hand sanitizer and we have some initial scent/flavor profiles for them.

Our lotion base has no synthetic ingredients and everything in it is there to help moisturize and repair your skin.  We were initially using a formula for the emulsifier that used borax but I am very happy to say that we have been able to the the lotion to emulsify without using borax or other emulsifiers that could cause skin drying.

Julie created our first lip balm flavor profile, Strawberry Mojito, and we have come up with the perfect balance of ingredients so it is easy to apply and feels very good on your lips.  We are looking forward to making more tantalizing flavors for you.

The last update for today is that we are looking at setting up shop very soon in our home town of Aberdeen, WA.  We will post the location once we have things finalized and hope to see you there.