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Old 06-08-2008, 08:15 PM   #1
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ISO Penzey's Spices Recommendations

Well, after reading about Penzey's here some time ago, I have decided to replenish a few of my spices by ordering from Penzey's. I spent quite a bit of time browsing their on-line catalog. I could easily spend a couple of $100 there! Apart from the spices that I need to order, are there any of their spice mixes that you guys would reccommend that I pick up apart from my list below?

I'm after cumin, chili powder, and bay leaf. I just want to pick up one of their spice blends but it is soooo hard to choose! Reccommendations please!!!

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Old 06-08-2008, 08:20 PM   #2
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I bought the Greek blend for a party a few years ago, and when my brother and SIL visited from Oak Park, where there is a Penzey's store, I asked them to bring me some more Great stuff.
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I have never used a greek seasoning other than Cavendar's... what all could I use it on GG?
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:29 PM   #4
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Which chili powder are you going to get? Do you like heat? If so then get the hot chili powder. It is quite hot and delicious at the same time.

If you are looking for suggestions other than blends then let me HIGHLY recommend the smoked Spanish paprika. The stuff is seriously amazing. It is my secret ingredient in many dishes. The people I cook for rave whenever I use it.

Also, if you like heat, get the ground red chipotle pepper. It has a great smoky flavor just like the smoked Spanish paprika, but with a nice kick.

I have never been disappointed by anything that I have ever gotten there with the possible exception of their soup base, but that is not because it was not good. It is because I found a comparable, if not better product at a better price (rare for Penzys).

If you order online then usually they will throw in a free small sample or two of their spice mixes. I have about 7 or 8 of them in my space cabinet right now. I usually do not use them though as I just create my own as I go.
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:42 PM   #5
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Miss Sattie....I'm not a big fan of spice blends period. Especially those that begin with salt as the first ingredient. I figure if I buy an 8 oz bottle of "Great Stuff Blend" I'm really buying 5-6 ozs of salt and 2-3 ozs of spice...Mostly salt anyway.... I would rather read the ingredient list, and buy the indiviual spices and just add a little of this and that to a dish...then I still have the individual spice to do something else with....This can be expensive however as the ingredient list on some blends can read like alphabet soup...Often times I think at the end of the work day they sweep the floor, and mix in 25 lbs of salt...bottle and label it "Mississippi Magic Dust" and put it on the market.
Anyway, I know this does not directly answer your question, but may give you something to think about....When you are paying a premium price for some blends...Are you buying salt, or are you buying spice? HTH
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:50 PM   #6
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I have never used a greek seasoning other than Cavendar's... what all could I use it on GG?
I use it to make chicken kabobs (mix with olive oil and marinate), and to sprinkle on oiled chicken or pork chops before grilling or cooking in a pan on the stove. I also sprinkle it on potatoes before roasting.

I often make my own spice blend, too, but there are times when I don't feel like chopping oregano and garlic, and zesting and squeezing a lemon, to get the same flavors.
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UB I hear what you are saying. A lot of places do that. One of the great thing about Penzys is that they do not. None of their mixes have salt as the first ingredient. They all ( as far as I know) do have some salt in them, but they put the salt in proportion that you would probably use anyway.
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Miss Sattie....I'm not a big fan of spice blends period. Especially those that begin with salt as the first ingredient. I figure if I buy an 8 oz bottle of "Great Stuff Blend" I'm really buying 5-6 ozs of salt and 2-3 ozs of spice...Mostly salt anyway.... I would rather read the ingredient list, and buy the indiviual spices and just add a little of this and that to a dish...then I still have the individual spice to do something else with....This can be expensive however as the ingredient list on some blends can read like alphabet soup...Often times I think at the end of the work day they sweep the floor, and mix in 25 lbs of salt...bottle and label it "Mississippi Magic Dust" and put it on the market.
Anyway, I know this does not directly answer your question, but may give you something to think about....When you are paying a premium price for some blends...Are you buying salt, or are you buying spice? HTH
You're also buying convenience - it's easier to sprinkle from a bottle than to gather a bunch of spices, or fresh herbs and other ingredients, and prep them all. This is not to say I don't usually do this - I use my herb garden extensively - but there are days when I just don't feel like it, and at these times, it's handy to have a good-quality alternative.
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:05 PM   #9
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Mostly I mix my own spices and herbs. I seldom buy anything with salt as an ingredient as for me it is easier to control the salt content if I know where to start. In the summer, I nearly always use fresh, grow them in flower pots on the deck. Penzey's is a great cooks source. Sometimes the quantities are too large for me, but a shared order sometimes is an option.
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:09 PM   #10
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None of their mixes have salt as the first ingredient
A brief look through the latest catalog I have says otherwise...except for their "Salt Free" and specialty items...Chinese Five Spice etc....(which look interesting) Those with Salt listed first tells me that salt is the primary ingredient in the blend...Maybe in a perfect balance, but still the predominate ingredient....

Yes, blends are very convenient Miss GG...that's why I have a couple.
I just don't personally like them that much!
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