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Old 11-21-2018, 10:39 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I always check out the "Hispanic" section when I'm in the market for spices. Always cheaper. The only drawback is that they package them in clear plastic rather than the little jars (which I can do without).
Most of the Badia spices are in glass jars.
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Old 11-22-2018, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Most of the Badia spices are in glass jars.
Actually, I wonder how much of the cost is that glass bottle. I'm happy taking the cheap plastic packages and pouring the contents into my own glass bottles. (Except bay leaf. Those stay in the plastic.)

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Cheap spices are cheap for a reason. I remember watching 60 minutes years ago, where they had a segment about spices. I never bought cheap spices again, after seeing what goes in to them. You can google buying cheap spices, and read what can be in them.
I remember that, too. And DID refresh my memory with google. The reports were from the FDA and tested imported spices.

Cheap or expensive, nearly ALL spices are imported into the US. Those expensive spices are likely just as 'contaminated '.

In any event, the Mexican oregano I used last night made my black bean and rice dinner taste delicious.

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Old 11-22-2018, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I have bought packets of herbs in the Hispanic section of WINCO, and I thought they were fine. I donít care for storing packets much, but the product was fine.

I have access to a Penzeys store, so I donít see the catalog that often anymore. But lately Bill has been doing stuff like supporting teachers, I thought. At any rate, for spice blends and hot chocolate mix, they have the best Iíve found.
They don't do the catalog anymore. Cheaper to market online. I personally love being on Bill's mailing list, but I do miss the content from the catalog, including the bios of people and their recipes. I live near a store, so I don't order anymore, but I still liked the magazine aspects of the catalog.
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Old 11-23-2018, 04:14 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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Most of the Badia spices are in glass jars.
Our local groceries only carry Badia spices in plastic containers or little plastic/cellophane packages. Spice Island come in glass jars along with other expensive spices. The spices that we most often use (including the ones I use for BBQ rubs, sauces and mops), I buy in much larger containers at restaurant supply stores. We have jars with magnetic lids that, we store small amounts, on the fridge door and they aren't exposed to direct sun light.
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Old 11-23-2018, 04:36 AM
 
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My spices are a mix of Penzey’s, Indian grocery store, Asian grocery store, Portuguese grocery store, and supermarket.

Penzey’s larger volume plastic bags are a pretty good value. Their glass jars are expensive.

I’m still in sticker price shock over Penzey’s Madascar double strength vanilla. $90+ per bottle. I’m rationing the last of my current bottle until the price drops some.
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Old 11-23-2018, 01:54 PM
 
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Our local groceries only carry Badia spices in plastic containers or little plastic/cellophane packages. Spice Island come in glass jars along with other expensive spices. The spices that we most often use (including the ones I use for BBQ rubs, sauces and mops), I buy in much larger containers at restaurant supply stores. We have jars with magnetic lids that, we store small amounts, on the fridge door and they aren't exposed to direct sun light.
Thanks. The last time that I bought Badia, it was plastic. I just checked & hadn't noticed.
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Old 12-03-2018, 05:21 AM
 
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OP here.

Are there any spices you would buy at the Dollar Store?
I just can't imagine they're as fresh or potent as, say even, what's available at Walmart.

I picked up a parsley -- just to look at it -- and it even looked different. Maybe it's my prejudice, but it looked like it would add no flavor. I know parsley is dried but other spices I buy, like McCormick and Trader Joe's "look" better. The basil, and OMG the cilantro at the dollar store looked pitiful. But are the looks deceiving are they just as good?

I'm thinking that spices, By the time they get to the Dollar Store -- have GOT to past the 1-2-3 year mark. That's why they were sold to Dollar Trees for pennies on the dollar in the first place, right? Or am I wrong about that?

Also, the large Spices at Aldi's -- like Stone Mill -- which are cheap, would you buy those?

Or if you want good spices, is it best to stick to the major brand names or local ethnic stores with high turnover?

Thanks.

ETA: All the Badia spices I see are in clear plastic containers.
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Old 12-03-2018, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I'm pretty Damned pleased with the Badia spices this thread convinced me to try. (Thank you, selhars, for starting it.)

They are in plastic bags so they can hang on hooks at the grocery store display. I took them out and put them in glass bottles - somewhat carelessly since losing a bit isn't costly).

Best bay leaf EVER. Never been one of my favorites, but I'm using that spice more often for that single reason. The rest are good and "fresh" tasting. (None of the dried herbs taste just like the fresh herbs, IMHO.) But my garlic powder will continue to be the big, large one from Costco.

Fresh cilantro = delicious. ALWAYS in my fridge, used in things where it doesn't seem 'normal.' Dried cilantro = yuck. Sorry, but it shows me why some people find cilantro inedible.
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:47 AM
 
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^^ So I take , you wouldn't by spices at Dollar Tree? What about the large size Stone Mills brand at Aldi's?
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:40 PM
 
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^^ So I take , you wouldn't by spices at Dollar Tree? What about the large size Stone Mills brand at Aldi's?
I've bought certain specific herbs & spices at Aldi, like ground onion or garlic. They're fine. Lidl has smaller bottles so when an Aldi gets a new Lidl neighbor they get smaller bottles so that the prices are competitive.

The only item that I ever bought at Dollar Tree was black pepper to be added to the radiator of my old car to stop a leak, at the suggestion of 2 mechanics.

If you've been to Ollie's, they usually have herbs & spices. I've gotten a few & had no problem with them. They're usually name brands. They buy overstock, etc so it doesn't concern me.
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