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Anyone purchase spices from Spiceology (or another online spice supplier)?
Posted by: spacescape
Date: January 10, 2022 02:30PM
I'm thinking of doing a full purge of our outdated / old spices and replacing them with Spiceology or another online spice supplier. Does anyone purchase spices from any of these shops? Worth it?
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Re: Anyone purchase spices from Spiceology (or another online spice supplier)?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 10, 2022 02:45PM
[oaktownspiceshop.com] is damn good but I shop from [www.penzeys.com] more frequently because they're local.



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Re: Anyone purchase spices from Spiceology (or another online spice supplier)?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: January 10, 2022 03:02PM
penzy or kalustyans



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Re: Anyone purchase spices from Spiceology (or another online spice supplier)?
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: January 10, 2022 03:20PM
We've been happy with Penzey's quality. Plus they run deals and promotions pretty much every week or so.
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Re: Anyone purchase spices from Spiceology (or another online spice supplier)?
Posted by: August West
Date: January 10, 2022 03:37PM
Another Penzey's customer.



“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in."

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Re: Anyone purchase spices from Spiceology (or another online spice supplier)?
Posted by: DavidS
Date: January 10, 2022 03:38PM
We love Penzy's, both their spices and their politics and values (will not elaborate to keep this from getting this bumped to the other side).
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Re: Anyone purchase spices from Spiceology (or another online spice supplier)?
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: January 10, 2022 04:33PM
Another vote for Penzeys, wonderful company.



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Re: Anyone purchase spices from Spiceology (or another online spice supplier)?
Posted by: testcase
Date: January 10, 2022 04:55PM
Aren't there any ethnic markets near you? Their spices often have good turnover and are priced moderately.
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Re: Anyone purchase spices from Spiceology (or another online spice supplier)?
Posted by: samintx
Date: January 11, 2022 04:28AM
Yes and yes!



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DavidS
We love Penzy's, both their spices and their politics and values (will not elaborate to keep this from getting this bumped to the other side).
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Re: Anyone purchase spices from Spiceology (or another online spice supplier)?
Posted by: spacescape
Date: January 11, 2022 05:19AM
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testcase
Aren't there any ethnic markets near you? Their spices often have good turnover and are priced moderately.

Good question... I'll ask around (locally).
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Re: Anyone purchase spices from Spiceology (or another online spice supplier)?
Posted by: spacescape
Date: January 11, 2022 05:19AM
Thanks for the feedback.
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Re: Anyone purchase spices from Spiceology (or another online spice supplier)?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: January 11, 2022 08:57AM
Spacescape,

I have a couple of favorite brands, which I'll list below. One thing I do is avoid buying spices in bulk. I usually buy a year or two years worth of a given spice at a time. That way, it's always pretty fresh.

Seems the general rule is that quality vanilla extract and salt have a very long shelf life. Near indefinite. Other extracts not so much. Some are only good for up to two or three years.

Whole spices such as peppercorns can be good for 3 to 4 years.

Ground spices like chili powder are good for up to 2 to 4 years or so.

Ground and whole leafy herbs are good for about 1 to 3 years or so.

'course, all of the above depends on how you store them. As some spices age, they don't go bad per se. They just become less potent and you'll need to use that much more of it to achieve the same result. Rather just replace an aging herb/spice/etc than use one that has aged too much.

For vendors, I'm a fan of spices from Frontier Food Coop. They sell them under their own name as well as under Simply Organic. Very good spices.

[www.frontiercoop.com]

[www.simplyorganic.com]

I also like Penzey's spices.

[www.penzeys.com]

I've heard good things about The Spice House. From what I understand, after the owner of Penzey's passed away, his heirs divided the company. The Spice House is owned by them.

[www.thespicehouse.com]

La Boite came recommended to me but I haven't gotten anything from them yet.

[www.laboiteny.com]

Burlap & Barrel

[www.burlapandbarrel.com];

Same as La Boite. Recommended to me but haven't tried their spices yet.

Spicewalla

[www.spicewallabrand.com]

Same as La Boite. Recommended to me but haven't tried their spices yet.

Robert



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/12/2022 08:29AM by Robert M.
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Re: Anyone purchase spices from Spiceology (or another online spice supplier)?
Posted by: August West
Date: January 11, 2022 04:34PM
Thanks, Robert M, I was going to mention Frontier because I'll grab them sometimes when I only need a small amount of a one-off spice for a dish. Also, I did not know that they do Simply Organic! This is my grocery store pick (due to quality) if I end up with a spice on my shopping list.



“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in."

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Re: Anyone purchase spices from Spiceology (or another online spice supplier)?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: January 11, 2022 04:53PM
La Boite is excellent, but on the pricier side.



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Re: Anyone purchase spices from Spiceology (or another online spice supplier)?
Posted by: spacescape
Date: January 12, 2022 05:26AM
Holy cow!!! Thank you for all the great options!!! Now to figure out what we need to replace (for now).
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