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    One thing I forgot to include when I wrote about pantry items over the past couple weeks, is bigger is not always better! Yes, most pantry items have a very long shelf life, but the prevailing American attitude that if a little is good, more would be better is not wise in this instance.

    Sometimes bigger is better, but not always

    First of all, a very little goes a long way in recipes. Even though the smaller jar of dried Rosemary doesn’t look like much, it probably is enough. Remember, spices and herbs lose potency over time, so you are better off to buy the small jars, and repurchase when you run out. Trying to save a few pennies buying the gigantic jar that will take you so long to use, you end up tossing most of it away (renders your bargain purchase “penny wise, but dollar stupid”).

    Depending on the size of your household, the same is true for oils and sauces – they can eventually go rancid. If you do not cook often, or you’re only cooking for one, be sure… Keep Reading »

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