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missmu Mar 14, 2008 02:45 PM

My current supply of ground coriander is new and has taught me the importance of buying quality spices since it already smells flat. Half of it comes from the bulk food store on Bloor West, and the other half is the Suraj brand from Loblaws. The package I had before was purchased at a fish store in Cabbagetown, where I used to live four years ago and it still smelled bright and summery right until I used the last of it. Any suggestions for a reliable source of quality spices without paying a premium?

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    foodwich Mar 14, 2008 03:05 PM

    i buy whole coriander and cumin seeds from the indian store and then roast and grind them in small quantities. helps keep the flavor true.

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      missmu Mar 14, 2008 04:40 PM

      Unfortunately, that's not realistic with the long hours I work.

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        jayt90 Mar 15, 2008 10:43 AM

        It only takes a few seconds in a coffee grinder, and as you are price conscious, grinding seeds is cost effective, and fresher.

    2. TorontoJo Mar 15, 2008 09:01 AM

      Have you visited House of Spice in Kensington Market? All the spices you could want and good turnover on most.

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        kiwiFRUIT Mar 16, 2008 12:08 AM

        I really like House of Spice, pretty much everything is there, good quality and reasonable prices.

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        Richard_S Mar 15, 2008 10:36 AM

        I purchase all my spices at either an Indian or Oriental market. My favorites are India Town Food Centre, Al Marwa Supermarket, Oriental Food Centre and Oriental Harvest. All are located on Dundas in Mississauga. The price, quality and selection of spices blows away any of the major supermarkets.

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          Snarf Mar 15, 2008 03:43 PM

          Spice Trader on queen is good, very fresh, great selection. Also, Kohinoor Foods in little India

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