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Old 09-21-2018, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I have not bought from Penzey's since calls got directed to political statements.
yep - the email political carp made me an ex-customer too. I miss the Prime Rib rub.

I throw out unused stale spices so often that I'm considering buying them at Dollar Tree or the Hispanic market.

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Old 09-21-2018, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I can't buy spices from the bulk bins anymore because of the risk of cross contamination.
What's "risk of cross contamination" ?
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Old 09-21-2018, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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What's "risk of cross contamination" ?
Sounds like an allergy problem.
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Old 09-21-2018, 11:13 PM
 
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I have been spending the last year working down the spice collection. Currently, we are building a new spice rack to display all of the spices that I use so that they are easy to reach. I already has a shelf dedicated to my cooking oils, liquid and seasonings.

My first thing was to use up all those infernal spice mixes. Going forward, I will be making my own spice mixes when necessary. That will actually reduce the number of spice bottles that are needed.

The second thing was to start buying spices in bulk at Winco Foods and Sprouts. They tend to be fresher than what I was buying at Penzey's and at a fraction of the cost. And since i am buying locally, I can buy in much smaller quantities.

My biggest issue is finding some of the spices that I need. Sometimes, I have to run to World Market or one of the Asian stores. Other times, I call the Spice House in Milwaukee for some of the more unusual spices
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Old 09-22-2018, 06:48 AM
 
Location: The analog world
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I have been spending the last year working down the spice collection. Currently, we are building a new spice rack to display all of the spices that I use so that they are easy to reach. I already has a shelf dedicated to my cooking oils, liquid and seasonings.

My first thing was to use up all those infernal spice mixes. Going forward, I will be making my own spice mixes when necessary. That will actually reduce the number of spice bottles that are needed.

The second thing was to start buying spices in bulk at Winco Foods and Sprouts. They tend to be fresher than what I was buying at Penzey's and at a fraction of the cost. And since i am buying locally, I can buy in much smaller quantities.

My biggest issue is finding some of the spices that I need. Sometimes, I have to run to World Market or one of the Asian stores. Other times, I call the Spice House in Milwaukee for some of the more unusual spices
Great tip! I had forgotten about World Market. They have a very nice selection at affordable prices.
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Concord NC
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"Badia" brand rules! It's cheap, and easy to find.
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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What's "risk of cross contamination" ?
People are not careful when using the bulk bins...

they use the same utensil for all spices, thereby mixing spices in the bin
or stick their fingers in a bin, etc.
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:56 AM
 
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Be careful with bulk bins, even at Whole Foods (I saw a child put his hand in a bin and play with the contents like he was at the beach). I do buy from Penzey’s, Fiesta, and D’Artagnon.

I cook a lot of steaks and Mexican food (here in Central Texas), and purchase spices and rubs in bulk for those cuisines. I purchase small amounts of good quality spices for my rack, and replace as needed. Also, I like using the “correct” salt and the “right” pepper, and use quality dry mustards, so I keep several of each on the rack as well.
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Old 09-22-2018, 02:22 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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What's "risk of cross contamination" ?
My kids and I have a bunch of food allergies and it's easy for a little bit of the contents of one bulk jar to make their way into another. The grocery store I go to also has a peanut grinder next to the spice jars, and I have an airborne peanut allergy.
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Old 09-22-2018, 04:33 PM
 
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We've used Penzeys for years. Great products..No salt chili powder is wonderful

That said, we no longer buy Penzeys

Their off the wall liberal political statements are flooding their newsletters.

I want spices, not politics rubbed in my face
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