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Old 05-27-2013, 12:28 PM   #61
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I still haven't been to the Penzey's here. I feel like it's too dangerous. I think I need to be a big girl and just go...
...and only bring cash.
(a small amount)
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Maybe we should go together. We can look for future gift ideas for dad while we're there.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:01 PM   #62
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I got my first online order from Penzey's as we don't have a store nearby. I'm happy with everything I ordered, and the free shipping. I highly recommend their "Green Goddess dressing base". I suppose you could mix up the separate spices it contains, but the proportions are perfect for a really good blend. This is a real keeper in my book.

By the way, I love fresh ground pepper on cantaloupe, so I'll have to give it a go on ice cream and strawberries.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:22 PM   #63
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Maybe we should go together. We can look for future gift ideas for dad while we're there.
So you will be able to restrain each other from overspending and running with scissors. Yeah, right!
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:53 AM   #64
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One tip I found, Andy, (and I'm sure you've already thought of this) is to keep your old spice jars and buy the bulk packaged spices to fill them with. The prices at Penzeys are dramatically lower when you purchase the refill bags.
The problem with buying in bulk is that most ground spices and dried herbs have a very short shelf life (approx 6 months at the longest and if kept dry and in the dark) so buying in bulk, if you can't use them in this amount of time, is very wasteful.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:43 AM   #65
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The problem with buying in bulk is that most ground spices and dried herbs have a very short shelf life (approx 6 months at the longest and if kept dry and in the dark) so buying in bulk, if you can't use them in this amount of time, is very wasteful.
Buying in bulk...here the store buys in bulk and customers get however much they want as it is priced per pound weight. So if I want just a tablespoon of a certain herb or spice I can buy that amount. Penzeys sells bulk by the 1/4, 1/2 and 1 ounce bags, the savings is in not buying another glass jar, you just use your own saved jars/containers.
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The problem with buying in bulk is that most ground spices and dried herbs have a very short shelf life (approx 6 months at the longest and if kept dry and in the dark) so buying in bulk, if you can't use them in this amount of time, is very wasteful.
I always thought there was a 6-month shelf life, then I got a nice, glossy, entertaining and informative catalog from Penszeys. Oh, and it's FREE. You would think that since they are selling herbs and spices they would like you to have a frequent turnover of your personal stock, right? Nope. They tell you that since the plants are harvested and processed once a year it's kinda silly to throw out what you have and buy newer ones that might be from the same batches you just threw out. Makes sense. They also tell you to do a sniff test before you pitch it. If it smells good, use it!

I love a company that sells a product and tries to save you money on them too. There stuff is really good, as many of us here at DC will attest.
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