I'm sure you've heard it over and over, but the truth is undeniable. Spices are an integral part of your preparedness pantry. Your stored spices can mean the difference between dietary fatigue and a robust survival menu.
For years, we have bought our spices in bulk. I have read that this is an unwise plan, however, we haven't noticed a significant degradation in the flavor of our stored spices. They do lose some flavor over time but not enough to justify not buying large quantities to store away for a "rainy" day. I have spices stored in quart sized canning jars that have been on my shelf for the better part of 15 years and I use them regularly without any noticeable change in flavor.
I do go through some spices more than others. My garlic powder is regularly replenished while my allspice sees only occasional use. In addition to spices, soup base (or bouillon), taco seasoning, browning sauce and numerous kinds of salsa fill my stored foods shelves. They all have a great (almost indefinite) shelf life and will make nearly inedible food worth eating. Here is a partial list of our stored spices and seasonings:
Pumpkin pie spice (although you can make it with other spices)
Cajun seasoning (we like Cajun's Choice Creole Seasoning)
Beef soup base (bouillon)
Chicken soup base (bouillon)
Ham soup base (bouillon)
Seasoning salt (Lowery's, Johnny's, etc.)
Kitchen Bouquet browning sauce
We have found that the right spices or seasonings can dress up just about anything. If you have sausage spices and a hand operated meat grinder (which can be found at most any thrift store), you can turn rabbit, venison, turkey or just about anything with meat into your favorite breakfast fare. We buy our sausage spices at our local grocery store. We asked a friend in the meat department about the spices and he produced a small package that will season up to 25 pounds of meat. Just add 1 1/2 tsp. of spices per pound of meat and you have wonderfully seasoned sausage. These spices run right around $2.99 per package, making them very affordable.
If your spice inventory is lean, you may want to consider beefing up your stores of spices and seasonings. Not only are they imperative for a post-TEOTWAWKI lifestyle, they will make your life a little brighter today.
Remember, seasoning really is the Spice of Life.