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Aug 16, 2008 05:42 PM

Bulk Spices

OK a little off topic, but I'm desperate.

Can anyone recommend a place in the valley where I can buy spices in bulk. By that I mean just what I need, not a pound at a time. I moved to L.A. a little over a year ago, and I used to go to Whole Foods to buy my spices in bulk, but they don't sell bulk here.

Any ideas would be much appreciated.


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  1. Hi Boom,

    It's not in the valley, but a phenom place to buy bulk spices AND serves as a great place for all things culinary supply... Surfas in Culver City. Budget plenty of time for a visit--it's hard to leave! You can look them up online....

    1. When you say bulk and not a pound at a time, how much are you talking about and what kind of spices? I don't ever remember seeing spices sold the way you're talking about-normally they're sold in bottles or packages.

      When I hear bulk I was thinking maybe you want restaurant size?
      You need a business license but Restaurant Depot
      Star Restaurant Equipment & Supply Co
      6178 Sepulveda Blvd
      Van Nuys, CA 91411
      (818) 782-4460

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      1. re: monku

        Hi Monku,

        I don't mean large quantities. Often I try a new recipe and it calls for a tablespoon or so of marjoram or some other spice and I hate to buy a $6 jar that is going to sit in my pantry for 3 years until I throw it out. Also, I've found that buying pepper corns is hugely economical by the pound vs in a jar. When I lived in Seattle there were many excellent grocery stores that sold spices by the pound. They were very fresh too.


        1. re: BoomOp

          Got it now.
          Sorry I don't live in the valley anymore so I'm not up on the places. You want to look for ethnic markets and some sell the "bulk". Maybe at some mercado's around Van Nuys...similar to the places in Downtown LA would be Grand Central Market.

      2. Try Glatt Mart on the Northwest corner of Burbank and Fulton in Valley Glen or Encino Kosher at 17977 Ventura Blvd. They have a few brands of spices that come in small packets. I've also gotten small quantities of spice at Cost Plus on Ventura just east of Sepulveda.

        1. It's no where near you, but if you ever get down to Torrance, check out Penzeys-its spice heaven?

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          1. re: monku

            Ditto on Penzey's. They sell their excellent spices in many different varieties and sizes, and you can smell a sample before buying.

            I do recall seeing bulk spices at Henry's (now owned by Whole Foods), but I don't know if any are in the SFV.

            1. re: monku

              Penzeys might be worth a trip...for the smelling alone! I often go and purchase smaller size bottles for preparations that I might not use often. I just bought green cardamon pods in the small size...and now I'm hooked on them!
              And of course, there is always the mail order....

            2. You may want to try the Santa Monica Food Co-op. They have much in bulk!

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              1. re: Outerspace

                The Santa Monica Food Co-Op looks like exactly what I am looking for. Bins and jars filled with various spices and grains. However, Santa Monica is way too far to go for me. I live in Burbank so I was hoping to find something in the Valley.

                Any other ideas?