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This Just In: Organic Spices Are Now in The Marketplace!

Plus: How to use them, where to store them, and how long dried spices last.

We introduced dried spices to our Marketplace months ago and have been eagerly awaiting the day we could get our hands on another batch of organic spices. Enter our newest rescue: Vive Organic Spices.

Vive Organic Spices were created exclusively for a large retailer that ended up not needing them. Instead of letting them go to waste, we worked closely with the supplier to scoop them up. A variety of dried spices at your disposal is one of the easiest ways to elevate your cooking—whether that’s a dash of oregano to your pizza sauce or a pinch of cinnamon as the secret ingredient in your dry rubs.

The Ratio Rule

We’re huge fans of using fresh herbs whenever we can. But if you don’t have fresh, you can always substitute the dried version. With one big caveat: Dried spices are more pungent than their fresh counterparts so a little goes a long way. We recommend the tablespoon to teaspoon ratio. Any time a recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs, use just 1 teaspoon of the dried version. It’s not the case for all spices—see below—but pretty standard when using dried versions of fresh.

How to Store Dried Spices

Spices deteriorate when exposed to sunlight, heat, and moisture. Keep them in a cool, dry, and dark place. Preferably a cabinet, pantry, or drawer away from a window or the oven.

Whole spices and herbs, like bay leaves and seeds, can last 1 to 2 years under proper conditions. Ground spices and herbs will generally last 1 year. How to tell if your spices are going bad? If they look faded and have lost its distinct aroma.

Though this batch of organic spices from Vive Organics will arrive in plastic containers, that might not be the case for all of our herbs forever. If you do receive or purchase a pouch of spices, after you open them, immediately transfer them to an airtight and resealable glass or plastic jar. A dark glass jar, like amber, is ideal, but as long as spices are stored in an airtight container away from heat and moisture, spices should last up to 12 months.

Dried Basil

The sweet flavor of basil is more concentrated when dried. We like to use it instead of fresh in slowly simmered recipes, like marinara sauce. Use a 2:1 ratio of fresh to dried in recipes. 

Ground Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne peppers are thought to be at least 10 times hotter than jalapenos, so use sparingly in garlicky sauces, braised meat, or even sprinkled over fresh ginger juice with lemon. 

Ground Cinnamon

The warm, earthy, and sweet flavor of cinnamon is surprisingly versatile, even beyond the world of baking. Use it to flavor coffee, steak rubs, chilis, and curries. 

Crushed Red Pepper

Crushed red pepper flakes are a combination of ground red chilies and their seeds. Sprinkle for added heat and depth of flavor on everything from Italian classics like pizza and pasta to everyday soups and salads. 

Ground Cumin

This pungent spice, ground from cumin seeds, is most commonly called for in Mexican and Indian foods. It’s a very light orange color with a smoky, earthy flavor profile. 

Garlic Granules

Garlic granules are garlic cloves that’ve been peeled, minced, dried, and ground. The consistency is more crystallized and not as fine as a powder. Use half a teaspoon of granules for every fresh clove of garlic in your recipes. 

Ground Ginger

Ground ginger is more potent in its dried form than fresh. Just a tiny bit will add a sweet, peppery warmth to baked goods like molasses cookies or savory dishes like chicken curry. Use one eighth of a teaspoon ground ginger for every one tablespoon of fresh ginger in your recipes. 

Dried Oregano

Dried oregano is a light- to mossy-green color and tastes pungent, earthy, and a little like mint. You can substitute 1:1 ground to fresh ratio in any recipe. So use 1 teaspoon of dried oregano that calls for 1 tablespoon of fresh.

Ground Paprika

Paprika is a versatile spice made of dried and ground chili peppers. Typically mild, it can range in flavor from sweet to smoky and sometimes have a light kick. 

Ground Turmeric

Turmeric is an aromatic and earthy spice closely related to ginger. You don’t need much to go a long way, as it can transform your dish’s flavors and colors with just a pinch. It’s commonly used in soups, stews, and curries, but can provide a lovely golden contrast in baked goods and milky tea lattes.

Comments (15)

Hello Misfits,
I’m asking here, because this is the first place I’ve seen to communicate with misfits.

I see “white beets” on your current list of produce. Are white beets the same as Hakurei Turnips? (I’ve never heard of white beets and the photo looks a little more like a Hakurei Turnip)

Hi Martha, great question! White beets are in fact beets. They’re less earthy than their gold and red counterparts. They can vary in size and shape, and can be short and squat or long cylindrical, which is why they might sometimes be confused with a Hakurei turnips. We also sometimes ship Hakurei turnips and will be sure to note on our website when we are shipping both turnips and beets. Thanks!

I am having trouble signing up for a subscription to Misfits . Can someone reach out to me with help.

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I am locked out of my account! Twice I was to receive a new password via email. However, no new password was sent. Also, the only time I’ve located a phone number & left a VM, no one has returned my call.
Not as pleased with my veggies & fruits as I thought I’d be. Having to throw out too much due to it being rotten.
Please, stop shipments of your products.

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I received my second box today and I am very pleased with the selection I received.
I would like to suggest that you line the inside of the box with plastic as the bottom of the box was so soggy and dripping I had a hard time getting it inside my house. I look forward to my next box.

I love my produce boxes. They have made my meals so much tastier. And the best part is they come to me! But…. please mind what order the produce is placed in the boxes. For example, put the hard squash underneath the peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini. Due to rough handling by FedEx, I’ve been getting a fair bit of broken produce.

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If you’re still having trouble signing up, you may not live in a zip code where we deliver yet. If you think this is a mistake, please fill out a ticket with our customer success team here: And they can help get you started. Thanks!

Just revived my first box and am excited to cook everything with fresh vegetables. I am looking forward to next box and try new things.

Very disappointed with today delivery the all box basically empty
Non of the leafy greens or lettuce or peppers or carrots almost half box. This did not happened before
Hoping someone will check this out if it continues I am out!’

Hi Henrietta, we’re so sorry to hear about the state of your latest box. That’s definitely not up to our standards and we want to make this right. Please fill out a ticket with our customer success team here: It will be added to our queue and our team will be in touch with you via email as soon as they can. Thank you!

FYI I believe there is a typo in the oregano paragraph. 3teaspoons equals 1 Tablespoon. Therefore , I believe you meant 3Tbs: 1 Tbs

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