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Old 10-07-2008, 06:55 AM   #1
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Penzeys Mail-order

I've been buying spices, herbs cocoa, etc. from Penzeys for probably over a decade and have been consistently satisfied with their merchandise.

However I'm concerned that their increasing emphasis on value-added merchandise and interest in opening additional retail outlets may adversely impact the quality of their mail-order offerings.

Since it's about time for me to refill my stock of some of Penzeys wonderful ingredients, I'm wondering if any DC forum members have had any recent experiences with Penzeys that they'd care to share?

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Old 10-07-2008, 07:16 AM   #2
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I have only been a customer for a couple of years but I haven't seen any drop in quality. My most recent order was last month.
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:22 AM   #3
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No problems with their product...I'm not a fan of blends generally, so I don't buy those.
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:26 AM   #4
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No problems with their product...I'm not a fan of blends generally, so I don't buy those.
I'm not a fan of their blends either. But the nice thing about their blends is that they tell you what's in them so you can make your own if you have a pantry that is well stocked with their basic ingredients
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:43 AM   #5
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I'm not a fan of their blends either. But the nice thing about their blends is that they tell you what's in them so you can make your own if you have a pantry that is well stocked with their basic ingredients
That's my point, and it's not just their blends that I'm not a fan of, it's anybody's.
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:48 AM   #6
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I have been ordering online as well as shopping at one of their brick and mortar stores for a while now. I have nothing, but good thin gs to say about them.
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:01 AM   #7
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The seasoning blends are a way form Penzeys to differentiate themselves from other purveyors. That's how they get you to shop with them instead of the competition, and to stay with them.

I use their stuff all the time and it's still top quality. I shop at a brick and mortar store near me and have used mail order in the past. No problems either way.
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:26 AM   #8
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Can I ask what the big difference using Penzey's spices is?
It's been mentioned to me a few times that I start buying from them, but why? Are the flavors more robust, will I use less (which might throw me off at first), will their garlic powder (for instance) taste entirely different than a bottle of McCormicks garlic powder? I'm in need of some more peppercorns and have been meaning to start a thread asking for advice in this.

Sorry if I'm hijacking this thread, but at least it's not totally off topic....
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:32 AM   #9
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The quality is much better from Penzys then from your typical supermarket. The flavors are much better. the prices are also usually cheaper than your supermarket spices as well.
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:38 AM   #10
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It's a matter of quality. Top spice houses use the best raw materials, while the discount houses use lower quality raw materials.

Try penzeys tellicherry peppercorns. You won't be disappointed.
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