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Buying spices

sethnanyc Oct 24, 2006 12:26 AM

OK guys. My husband said no one will respond to this post... let's prove him wrong!

I need to buy small amounts of spices -- about 50 grams or so... Anyone know where we can find a place that sells spices this way? I tried the place over on 9th Avenue in the 40s but they have a minimum limit of a .25 lb and I only need about half that.

I know this is an odd request but I have no place to store the spices (studio apartment, galley kitchen, etc. etc.) and I don't like to keep them for too long as they smell up the cabinets and eventually lose their flavour anyway.


  1. MMRuth Oct 24, 2006 12:34 AM

    I'll prove him wrong, though I don't know if I have a fool-proof answer for you - have you tried Kalyustan (sp?) on Lexington?

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      Nyleve Oct 24, 2006 12:34 AM

      Just buy a little more than you need and give the extra to a friend. Or throw it away. Or bring the extra down to a soup kitchen or food bank and let them have it.

      1. rose water Oct 24, 2006 12:57 AM

        what an interesting challenge! i know that you can buy teensy quantities by mail order from penzey's and penderey's (sp?), but the penzey's store at grand central has little jars for sale, and no obvious bulk options. kalustyan's sells plastic baggies of spices, if i remember correctly, and i think they're probably bigger than you want.

        Another potentially totally unhelpful tip would be to do a search on the outer boroughs board. sahadi's, an awesome middle eastern grocery on atlantic avenue, sold spices in bulk until about a year or two ago. there were posts on chowhound at the time lamenting the change to larger packages, and there might be recommendations for other places that sell bulk spices in those old threads.

        there's also a bulk spices place that came up in a discussion on shopping for vanilla beans: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        Your husband clearly doesn't know what a food obsessed bunch hang out here :) Good luck!

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          Produce Addict Oct 24, 2006 01:04 AM

          I have your answer, or at least I think I do! It's on Bleecker, near Murray's, called Apothacarie or something starting with an "A." Last I checked they sold bulk spices and you could buy very little. Someone help out with the name? They also sell bulk potpourri

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            sethnanyc Oct 24, 2006 02:13 AM

            Thanks everyone! I knew you wouldn't let me down!

            I'll try Apothecary -- think I know the place. I also saw Integral Yoga mentioned on another post... Will try there too.

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              sethnanyc Oct 24, 2006 02:15 AM


              Aphodisia Herb Shoppe
              264 Bleecker Street
              New York, NY 10012

              Phone: (212) 989-6440

              Good call!

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              1. re: sethnanyc
                Produce Addict Oct 24, 2006 03:31 AM

                That's it!!

                1. re: Produce Addict
                  Pan Nov 3, 2006 07:19 AM

                  But it's expensive! I second the Kalustyan's recommendation, though my local store is Dual (formerly Dowel).

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                gochrisgo Nov 6, 2006 09:48 PM

                The Park Slope (Brooklyn) Food Co Op is an excellent source for small amounts of spices. Unfortunately, it's a members only shop.

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                  bto Nov 7, 2006 12:30 AM

                  There's an Indian store on 1st Ave right below 6th St that sells spices in small quantities. I was there over the weekend and bought a 68g jar of cumin for less than $2.

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                    sfslinky Nov 7, 2006 08:28 PM

                    Patel Brothers on 74th Street in Jackson Heights has the best prices on spices but I don't think they sell them in super small quantities. You will be shocked when you see the selection and super cheap prices.

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                      jodiz Nov 7, 2006 08:47 PM

                      There are 2 Middle Eastern specialty food stores across the street from Sahadi's on Atlantic Avenue. I don't know if they sell small quantities but if you are in that neck of the woods the stores are worth going into.

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                        lisette Nov 7, 2006 08:57 PM


                        They have *everything* (including some things you didn't know you needed!). Not good with grams to oz, but I noticed that many spices sell in small quantities, like .8 oz.

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