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Old 09-26-2005, 04:45 PM   #11
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It's certainly cheaper to buy whatever quantity you want at a bulk rate, but I buy mine in my market, in bottles with seals. The only downside I see to buying in bulk, is you have your herbs/spices in a baggie, then what? I dont keep container on hand to store them, and dont want a bunch of baggies in my cupboard, and have to label them all. Where is that person that had questions on spices in terms of how to market them? He/she could certainly benefit from this conversation.
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Old 09-26-2005, 04:48 PM   #12
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That happened to us. Bought some chili powered from the bulk store and used the same amount as the chili powder we had used at the store. Except it was way hotter than the time before. So we attributed it to the spices (from the bulk store) were fresher.
As far as I know, chili powder is not "hot", it's mearly a seasoning similar to cumin, which also is not hot. I could be wrong, I'm not expert at herbs/spices.
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Old 09-26-2005, 04:54 PM   #13
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I'd say 90% of my spices are bought in bulk. But now is the time i get my cinnaninnum and all spice and cloves in bulk, because it would go to waste if i bought any earlier.

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Old 09-26-2005, 04:56 PM   #14
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As far as I know, chili powder is not "hot", it's mearly a seasoning similar to cumin, which also is not hot. I could be wrong, I'm not expert at herbs/spices.

Chili powder can be hot or mild or in between. It is a mixture of dried chiles, cumin, oregano, garlic and (usually) salt.

Raine -- if it was hotter, it was probably the proportion of chiles they used.

I keep lots of my stuff in Penzey's baggies. I don't see anything wrong with that.
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Old 09-26-2005, 05:25 PM   #15
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I have bought from Frontier for years...I ran across them at an herb show for growers in Springfield, Il. They are very reasonably priced and of the highest quality.
What I do is make an order in the fall, take out what I need, then fill assorted jars with spices and herbs to put in my Christmas baskets. You could also go in together with one or more cooking friends and split them up.
I often buy the big jars of Tone's spices at Sam's. I love their garlic/herb seasoning.
I was also well-pleased with the spices I recently got from Marshalls Creek Spices. Found them on eBay, then they sent a price list with my order. The jars are almost as big as a quart of milk, most are $2.99 ea, and they are VERY fresh. You can find them at:
http://www.pureandnaturalspices.com/catalog/catalog/
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Old 09-26-2005, 05:33 PM   #16
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I only buy bulk,but not at a bulk store,not that their not good,only because I've
been buying from a supplier that i know and has been supplying restaurants in my
area for years.You can ask where they buy their spices and find out what kind
of reputation that company has pretty easily.

One thing is for sure,prepackaged ground supermarket spices would be my last choice
and something I would do in an emergency situation only.

The biggest problem buying spices is not knowing how long they've been sitting
before you purchased them.And if your buying already ground spices,the possibility
your getting an above average quality spice is very slim.

I usually only buy spices whole and grind in small batches that might last a month,
and sometimes I'll grind just what I need for a particular recipe.And only buy enough
whole spices to last 6 months to a year.

A really good way to get quality is to visit a market that specializes in spices.For example in Toronto we have the St.Lawrence Market and Kensington Market also
China Town is another perfect place to pickup quite a few Asian spices.

Really don't do dried herbs with the exception of oregano.
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Foodaholic, I actually prefer dried oregano to the fresh stuff.
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Old 09-26-2005, 05:58 PM   #18
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Constance I like both,but the dried is great for bread,pizza that kind of thing.
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Old 09-26-2005, 06:07 PM   #19
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I don't buy in bulk, but I buy from bulk at a gourmet or natural food store. THat way I'm only buying what I need for 6 months to a year. I ask what the turn over is. The gourmet store I usually frequent does a lot of catering so the herbs and sppices are not sitting there for years.

I also make use of bulk buy at Whole foods. Great meals and rices by the pound, much cheaper than packaged. Also, greater variety.
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Old 09-26-2005, 06:14 PM   #20
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In NYC there are several spice shope where you can buy just the amount of spice you want. Because the turnover is so high, you are assured of getting fresh spices, fresher than you likely get in bottles at the super market. That is the only way I would buy spices in bulk: a very busy spice store
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