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Best Spice Brands?

So I've had my Dean & Deluca spice rack for a while now, and it's time to freshen up. Rather than shell out another $150 for the refills from D&D, I figured I could fill up the cute jars with different brands. Who does everyone think makes the best spices, either as a company overall or for specific ones? Spice Island is my #1 for cumin as well as chili powder, but I don't yet have faves for anything else.

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  1. I order online from Penzey's. Quality is excellent, and you can order small quantities.

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      1. re: missfunkysoul

        penzey's for me too most of the time, but i go my local indian asian shop for very good cardamom, garam masala, etc.,

        my sisters and i will often get a penzey's bulk order together which is extremely cost effective.

        1. re: missfunkysoul

          Penzey's for most. Ground ginger from Spice Islands.

        1. Penzey's, or if you don't feel like mail-ordering, most McCormick spices are good (but go for the glass jars rather than plastic when possible).

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          1. re: katydid13

            Penzey's are great, but if you are in New York, check out Kalustyan's on Lexington Ave, around 28-29th Sts. Don't know if they sell online, but they have great spices.

          2. We have an excellent local company called Savory Spice Shop. I prefer them to Penzey's. You can order online from them at http://www.savoryspiceshop.com/

            1. Penzey's is great, and they have a retail store in Norwalk...very convenient. Besides freshness, there are many varieties and blends to choose from. Salt-free is a biggie, since most grocery blends contain way too much salt. I would start listing all of the flavors I've tried, but it would be a long list. I even have three different kinds of cinnamon, since I bake all the time, and it's nice to try different strengths. My all time favorite and the one that finds its way into many gift bags...Sunny Paris. Give it a try.