Somewhere to get spices

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by michael ark, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

  2. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I love Penzeys!  There are two stores in the Cleveland area, about 20-30 minutes from me.  When I go there it's like a kid in a candy store.  Get on their mailing list and you will get catalogs along with coupons for free spices (typically a special blend).  They are smart...I go in with my coupon for a free $3-$5 dollar jar of spice....walk out with $40-$50 worth.  It's more expensive than a grocery store -- but I think the quality is well worth it.  When you go in the store you can sniff each spice -- you can tell the quality.  And I believe it shows up in the taste of the food.  It's the only spices I buy anymore.

    One thing I learned is they have various size jars, along with zip lock bags or each spice.  The bags have more quantity -- and are a much better value.  For things I use regularly, I always buy the bags.  Much better deal.  

    I have a cupboard full of Penzey's spices and herbs.  As you can tell, I'm a satisfied customer.
  3. smoke king

    smoke king Smoke Blower

    I had been really wanting to get to one for a while.  Finally got the opportunity two weeks ago and went to the one in Columbus. Picked up a few things for Santa to put in my stocking! 

    John, I wondered what you were supposed to do with those open jars of each kind of spice......I pretty much knew you weren't supposed to dip your finger in and taste it! Glad I know now.
  4. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That looks like a fun store. and there's one a few miles from me!! I'll check it out this week.  If you're looking to save a few bucks and not for the pedigree, the Amish markets in my area (Gaithersburg and Annapolis) have whole spices at pretty reasonable prices. They've gone up in the past few years, but they're still less than the online spice merchants and I've had good experience with freshness and quality.
  5. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member


     Thanks for sharing!!

  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    We have a Penzey's here to. I usually go to them for the hard to find spices for they are really proud of their stuff.
  7. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Just trying to give my friends at SMF a heads up.[​IMG]
  8. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Lucky folks.  None of their stores in my area.[​IMG]

    Good luck and good smoking.
  9. There is a place in Savannah called Spices Etc. that nepas and I have both gotten stuff from. They have an amazing selection.
  10. Try Savory Spice, they have actual stores in Colorado and California, but they sell over the web as well.  Best spices and best selection I've seen.  Not cheap, but neither is you food.
  11. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    JAK757 is correct! "When I go there it's like a kid in a candy store.  Get on their mailing list and you will get catalogs along with coupons for free spices (typically a special blend)."

    Penzeys is excellent, and here in Houston.

    Spices, Etc.

    Spices, etc. has some additional that Penzeys doesn't carry.

    I've used both in the past, but I give the nod to Penzeys because they are local, and the spices are always fresh.  Really like them, but they are a drive for me, so I don't go regularly.

    Either one would be great.  Also, if you have an Oriental market close by, they have huge spice areas too!
  12. spec

    spec Meat Mopper

    Another good source is

    But I buy in bulk and split it up in Vac bags I dunno if this helps or not

    Fast shipping and reasonable prices
  13. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  14. nascar_in_tx

    nascar_in_tx Fire Starter

    We have a Penzys in Houston, place is awesome. Before I found them I found out of Seattle. Awesome spices, but the part that blew my mind was that when I first ordered from them they would not take an online payment. They trusted their customers to receive their order and then send a check back to them. That was just a few years ago, UNHEARD OF in todays online shopping. I've given them Lots of business, however I do check out Penzys now and then. Just my .02... :)
  15. I've heard good things about 'the spice house'...then when I pulled up their link I find that it was founded by Ruth and Bill Penzey...interesting, huh?!?
  16. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  17. scooper

    scooper Smoking Fanatic

    That's where I get all my spices.  They grind their spices weekly in small batches.  Once you buy fresh ground, you'll never buy grocery store or restaurant supply saw dust ever again.
  18. Wife works there. I have a cupboard full of spices from that place. You wont believe what else was done in that little cabin  where it all started. The original person is a multi millionaire.
  19. I live in Memphis and actually worked at the Penzey's store. I will tell you honestly, their spices are fresher than any store you'll buy from. The prices are very competitive with the store prices and when you buy in bulk it is even cheaper. They have some very good blends, but I love mixing my own blends. The one thing I can tell you for fact is that they do not mix blends at the store. All blends are mixed in Wisconsin at the main facility and shipped fresh to the stores. Great spices and fair prices, but the freshness and pungency are the seller!

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