Sometimes you can get away with just getting the store brand. Generic granulated sugar, for example, is perfectly fine for the average home baker. However, when it comes to your flavors, you want to splurge. For extracts and spices, skip the grocery store red box brands. Instead check out your local specialty foods stores. Most Co-op’s and health food stores have a lovely selection of top quality products. If you’re lucky to have a Penzey’s (www.penzeys) or other spice store nearby, they will have the best quality. They are more expensive, but you don’t need much.
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