>hear people say that you should mix your own Herbs d'Provence, Fines Herbs, Cajun Seasoning
, etc. <
Well, just for the record, you've now heard at least one person say it. I mix all my own blends.
>Penzey's does a great job and I love most of their Indian spice blends so why take the time to make my own if I feel their product is good to begin with? <
The question is, Pete, how long does that bottle or can (I have no idea how Penzey's packages) sit around after you use it the first time? A week? A month? Half a year?
If you're using it fairly quickly, and if it hasn't sat around in Penzey's warehouse and local outlet for two days longer than forever, there's no reason at all not to use it if that's you're preference.
BTW, don't confuse whole spices (that's whole,
Shel, not fresh)
with dried herbs, whose shelf lives are considerably different. With dried herbs, in particular, quality degenerates rapidly---particularly if they are not stored in the dark.