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So about a lifetime ago (and to be fair, a hamster lifetime) I posted about how to buy herbs and spices in bulk because it’s way the hell more affordable. If you’ve ever bought your spices this way, you may have encountered the situation where you just don’t know how much to buy. It’s hard to eyeball about how much basil would fill a jar, and then you introduce things like whole cloves into the equation and my eyes glaze over outright. What can I say, I’m not a geometry girl.

That in mind, I sat down last week and weighed out a reference for next time, lest my poor eyes once again endure the aforementioned abuse. The weights indicated pertain to the larger containers like these, except where indicated by (sm).

Spices!

Spice and Herb Weights
(serviceable quantities, approximately 1 average grocery store jar)

Spice/Herb Grams Ounces
Allspice (sm) 25 g 0.88 oz
Alum (sm) 53 g 1.87 oz
Basil 10 g 0.35 oz
Bay Leaves g 0 oz
Caraway Seed (sm) 49 g 1.73 oz
Cayenne Powder 51 g 1.8 oz
Chili Powder (Chipotle) 56 g 1.98 oz
Cinnamon (ground) 42 g 1.48 oz
Cinnamon Stick 8 sticks g - oz
Cloves (ground, sm) 25 g 0.88 oz
Cloves (whole, sm) 30 g 1.06 oz
Coriander Seed 26 g 0.92 oz
Cream of Tartar 74 g 2.61 oz
Crushed Red Pepper 37 g 1.31 oz
Cumin Powder 48 g 1.69 oz
Dill Seed (sm) 24 g 0.85 oz
Fennel Seed 44 g 1.55 oz
Garlic Powder 62 g 2.19 oz
Marjoram Leaves (sm) 5 g 0.18 oz
Mustard Powder 48 g 1.69 oz
Mustard Seed (sm) 39 g 1.38 oz
Nutmeg (ground) 51 g 1.8 oz
Oregano 14 g 0.49 oz
Paprika 44 g 1.55 oz
Peppercorn, Black 60 g 2.12 oz
Poppy Seed 60 g 2.12 oz
Poultry Seasoning 40 g 1.41 oz
Sage (ground, sm) 17 g 0.6 oz
Sesame Seed 51 g 1.8 oz
Star Anise 19 g 0.67 oz
Thyme (sm) 10 g 0.35 oz

Happy weighing!

Keep your receipts!

  1. Apollo Said,

    I bet it’d be hard to get through airport security with that selection of spices you’ve got there.

  2. BGarah Said,

    Technical Clarification: I did some research…a hamster’s lifetime is actually approximately three years. I feel one year may be a hamster’s lifetime under the complete care of an eight year old.

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