Spice up your Life…

April 14, 2009


with Penzey’s Spices!  A couple years back I took a cooking class at the Kitchen Window and they went on and on about how the only place that you should ever buy spices is from Penzey’s.  I had never heard of this crazy place, but all I could think of were Pirates every time the chef talked about it.  So then I move into the Grand Avenue neighborhood and lo and behold, the mysterious Penzey’s is within walking distance of my house.  If I’m being honest, I must say that I haven’t purchased much there yet.  There are over 250 spices inside and I seem to get paralyzed by all the choices and just wander around with a dazed look on my face.  I am determined to be decisive though and take some with me to Manila!  Here are a few things I like about Penzey’s:

  1. They have a great FREE catalog that teaches you about spices (and how to use them) and gives recipes that use their spices.  Get the catalog sent to you by clicking on the link above.
  2. They have great gift sets/boxes/crates (Perfect for summer Bdays, weddings and Mothers/Fathers Day) ranging from $20 to $200.
  3. You can buy spices in bags, allowing for cost savings and the ability to refill jars you already have.
  4. They are located all over the country or you can have them shipped to your house.

Usage Note: Remember to always write the month and year of purchase on the jar.  Most spices are only at their peak for 6-9 months!  By dating it at purchase, you’ll know when it’s time to get a refill.

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