Spicewalla 18 Pack Kitchen Essentials Collection
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Your Spices Are Probably Stale — Refresh Your Supply With This 18-Pack Essential Collection

From cinnamon to cumin to crushed red pepper, it's time to (and easy to!) start fresh.
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If the last time you invested in a new jar of cumin was back when Taylor Swift released her hit album Red for the first time (2012), chances are it's time to give your spice cabinet an extreme home makeover.

Even when stored under ideal conditions, most ground spices begin to lose potency between one and three years after they're bottled. If yours doesn't come listed with a date or you didn't jot it down on the label, pop open the top and take a sniff or give them a taste. If they smell or taste dull rather than full of aroma and flavor, it's time to toss them. You deserve to *actually* spice up your life.

This Spicewalla 18-Pack Kitchen Essentials Collection is like the "easy" button for a pantry staple refresh — or for those who are moving into their own apartment or home for the first time. (What a great gift for a soon-to-be or recent college grad!)

It's one of the most popular Spicewalla items for good reason: It works out to less than $5.50 per 2-ounce tin of high-quality spice, herb, or blend.

The brand sources their spice directly from suppliers in small batches to shorten the time between you and your flavor-packed meal. The company is founded by Meherwan Irani, a James Beard Award-nominated chef, and many of the blends are family heirlooms passed down from his grandma and prior generations.

As for what is worthy of the "essential" moniker, the collection includes cardamom powder, cayenne chili powder, cinnamon powder, crushed red pepper, cumin seeds, dark chili powder, fennel seed, ginger powder, granulated garlic, granulated onion, herbs de Provence, Mediterranean oregano, Moroccan coriander seeds, smoked paprika, turmeric powder, whole cloves, whole rosemary, and yellow mustard powder.

Refills are easy to keep the stock fresh; simply order small pouches and recycle the same tin to reduce waste while keeping your spice game strong.

Don't just take our word for it that you or a loved one deserves this collection. It was named one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2019, so you're already three years overdue to treat yourself, if you ask us!

Spicewalla 18 Pack Kitchen Essentials Collection

Buy it: $98.99; Spicewalla

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