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  1. Very enjoyable article! Who knew (or even thought about)! Would definitely enjoy more in detail follow on articles. Maybe other reference or educational material. Brought to mind better have and not need…Thanks for taking the time. Also brought to mind JWR’s comment about needing more articles. Guess this one proves his point. The amount of knowledge us preppers have is staggering…share it! Will follow the comments. Thanks to one and all!

  2. Check out Azure Standard for vanilla, and nearly anything else you might want to store in your pantry.


    Be sure to read their articles about their business.

  3. You can cheaply stock up on vanilla by getting beans on eBay, and extracting yourself in vodka or white rum. 2 beans (split down the middle) per 8 fluid ounces gives an excellent extract when allowed to sit for a couple of months.

  4. Nice article, and very helpful to include recommended storage amounts.

    Many spices have medicinal uses. At PrepSchoolDaily (dot blogspot dot com), the blogger there has written on the medicinal uses of pepper, cayenne, and ginger. (March 18, February 4, December 3). Fortunately, we can at least grow cayenne in this country. Ginger is apparently do-able as a houseplant. As far as pepper is concerned, we’d better all stockpile it to excess.

  5. Great article! Loved the spice information. Good idea on checking out restaurant supply – many times you can also find whole spices there. Thanks for taking the time to educate us.

  6. As the author mentioned, some people place their spices in canning jars and vacuum pack them for longer storage. I purchase most of my spices from Azure, too. I place the extra spices in jars and vacuum pack them along with herbs and spices that I grow and dehydrate. Placing them inside a cardboard box will keep them in the dark. Mine have lasted for years with very little loss of flavor.

  7. Great article. And very much agreed. Some simple spices can make eating much more enjoyable.

    I wonder if you can greenhouse any of these spices.

  8. Bravo! Very informative article and I just went through all my spices today too! Timing is everything. The article was informative and provided resources to obtain spices. Nice job!

  9. Funny, there is a picture associated with the article of Red Chiles hanging from the side of a house drying, but no mention of them in the article. Red Chiles and the Chile powder that can be made from them once dried will add a lot of zing to any dish livening up even the most bland of foods. Red Chile also has potassium and vitamins A, B, and C, iron, magnesium, and is low sodium cholesterol free and fat free, so it can provide for some of the nutrients needed to stay healthy. It can be keep in a well sealed bottle, can, or in seal-able plastic bags. If keeping in plastic bags best to check on them every few months as the acidic nature may eat through the plastic.
    Good to have as an all around spice.

  10. Agree re Penzey’s. I used to buy spices from them all the time – both online and retail store, but they got really in your face re gay marriage, well before Trump, so I moved on. A couple of other very good online sources for Spices is Atlantic Spice Co in Truro, MA, and Vitacost. Vitacost often has 20% off sales for food items if you spend $50 or more. They also carry all of Bob’s Red Mill line for very good prices, which are also eligible for the additional 20% off.

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