Spices are used to add flavour, heat and distinctive colour. Spices packaged for sale in plastic bags may better communicate freshness, flavour and organic or authentic production than manufactured spices packaged in bottles and put on display in mass numbers at grocery stores. By following a few basic tips when packaging your spices, you can develop a reputation for quality and build a loyal customer base.
Decide on 2 or 3 amounts to package your spices in. Think about how most of your customers prefer to buy spices. Consider volumes like 28.4gr bags, 85.1gr bags and 227gr bags. Use a measuring scoop to pour spices, one at a time, onto a small scale lined with a napkin. Write down how many scoops are required to achieve your chosen weights.
Put on a pair of food-service or plastic gloves. Use a measuring scoop to place a predetermined amount of a given spice into an airtight, zip-top plastic bag. Press the air out of the bag carefully and seal it. Repeat until you have the desired number of bags of a given spice in a given amount.
Fill out a sheet of small label stickers with the price of the spice you just bagged. Fill out an additional sheet of slightly larger labels with the name and weight of the spice -- for example, "Paprika - 28.4gr." Place the stickers on the bags. Repeat until all desired spices are bagged and labelled.
Make a master list to keep by your cash register telling you how much each spice in each amount costs. Consider taking a photo of each bagged spice so you can upload them onto a website promoting your business or have them available for workers who may need help identifying particular spices should a label fall off.