Bulk spice?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cybball, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. cybball

    cybball Fire Starter

    Where does everyone buy your spices? Would love to buy some big containers of things like paprika, pepper, etc. Grocery store gets expensive buying the little ones for rub and sausages. Thanks! Jason
  2. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    You can buy large containers of many spices as Sam's or Costco.  That's where I get a lot of mine...the stuff I use a lot of like paprika, onion and garlic powder, black pepper, etc.

  3. red dog

    red dog Smoking Fanatic

    Penzy's  or The Savory Spice Shop online. Both of them also have storefronts in some cities. We are fortunate to have a local Savory Spice so I get a lot my stuff there.
  4. cybball

    cybball Fire Starter

    Thanks. I looked at the Savory site. Just what I needed. Wish we had one here in Central Iowa.
  5. Some of the health food stores sell it by the ounce or by the pound.

    Happy smoken.

  6. falconer

    falconer Newbie

    As a tangent to this question; are there significant flavor differences between, for example, McCormick small jars of onion powder and costco-size jars? While bulk sounds good to me, I have no idea if I'd be sacrificing flavor/quality for price.

  7. Good advice, I get most all mine at Sam's order a few online

  8. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I was given fresh spices at Christmas from My Spice Sage, an online retailer. So far the best I've used.
  9. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When you do buy it in bulk though don't be tempted to keep it too long. Spices age at different rates but with time they will all start to lose their flavour.
  10. red dog

    red dog Smoking Fanatic

    Good question. Probably not if they are of equal freshness.
  11. Costco where I get mine internet also when I want specialty things
  12. As Wade has said here it is not going to be the brand but how old it is. Spice may not go bad but it does loose flavor over time. Depending on how they are stored depends on how fast they loose flavor.

    That brings me to the health food store that sells by the fraction of an ounce. You can buy a 10th of an ounce or a pound and the price stays the same. So buy what you need for a little while. Not for the rest of your life.

    Happy smoken.

  13. We buy the larger containers at Sam's, on what we use the most. We go through a lot of spice.

    Another thing to think about    When you by spices how long have they been packaged and sitting before you by them. ????

    I like fresh stuff, But I think you can get carried away with this freshness thing.   Just like smoking  Keep It Simple !!!  I wouldn't worry about the spices unless they are real old.  Just think about your grandparents they kept spices for a long time, couldn't run to the store everyday. And a lot of that starts with the manufactures They Want To Sell More Spices so they tell you to you need fresh.

  14. plume-o-smoke

    plume-o-smoke Fire Starter

    Amazon. I just moved back to the USA after ~10 years abroad and I'm very disappointed that my grocery stores don't carry the large containers anymore. BTW, the biggest advance in my cooking the last 5 years is the discovery that paprika from grocery stores is bland food coloring IMHO, but  there is actually a wide range of paprikas available online with wonderful flavor and all sorts of heat. Pimeton is one example. Super expensive, but a great case-in-point. I generally use "Smoked Hot Paprika" and the label says it's from a place called "Whole Spice Napa Valley." Hot. Not nearly as complex as Pimeton, but very, very reasonably priced (Google it).
    You better believe it. Some spices don't seem to matter (e.g. granulated garlic, onion powder), but others are very widely variable (e.g. paprika, rosemary). Cooks Illustrated weighs in on this every now and then. Last time I was at my library I found an old CI book with a whole article on every type and variety of spice you can imagine. There were HUGE variations. And then I'll throw you one more curve ball, try fresh spices one time. 
  15. cybball

    cybball Fire Starter

    Great info. I wont be ordering 5 gallon drums of the stuff, but those little dinky grocery containers definately don't cut it. i will check amazon too. I use them for the smoked meats but also general cooking. I thing homemade taco seasoning is so much better even than the packaged stuff.
  16. The Sice Barn.com
  17. I've bought form them before

  18. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    I also use myspicesage. 

    http://www.myspicesage.com/  I take out what I think I might use in a reasonable time and vac seal the rest !

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