A long while ago in a thread about eating inexpensively, Ruth gave the great tip about buying spices from the Mexican section of the supermarket. A bag of cinnamon runs about 70 cents.
Today I needed some Bay Leaves for a crab stock. I don't cook that much. The thought of spending $3.59 (on sale) for a bottle of bay leaves where at most I would just a few leaves with the bottle going bad long before I used another ... passed.
Yeah, I could drive down to the local spice store that sells bulk and buy two leaves, but the thought of negotiating that ... pass.
Then I remembered Ruth's tip ... a huge bag of hoya de laurel ... 69 cents. My area has a large Latino population so the turnover is rapid. I can smell the bay leaves sitting on the counter ,... they are that fresh and fragrant.
Anyway, with a lot of people baking in the next few days,... and the lousy economy ... just wanted to remind people that tha Mexican section of the supermarket is a good place to buy spices on the cheap.