HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Are you making a specialty food? Get great advice
TELL US

Bulk Spices

b
BoomOp Aug 16, 2008 05:42 PM

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.

Thanks,
Rich

  1. Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. s
    Shauna13 Aug 16, 2008 06:58 PM

    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. monku Aug 16, 2008 07:11 PM

      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 http://www.restaurantdepot.com/Misc/storedtl.asp?KEY=156&OFFSET=65
      or
      Star Restaurant Equipment & Supply Co
      www.starkitchen.com
      6178 Sepulveda Blvd
      Van Nuys, CA 91411
      (818) 782-4460

      2 Replies
      1. re: monku
        b
        BoomOp Aug 16, 2008 07:19 PM

        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.

        Thanks

        1. re: BoomOp
          monku Aug 16, 2008 07:36 PM

          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. Kate is always hungry Aug 16, 2008 07:36 PM

        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. monku Aug 16, 2008 07:40 PM

          It's no where near you, but if you ever get down to Torrance, check out Penzeys-its spice heaven?
          http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey...

          2 Replies
          1. re: monku
            sbritchky Aug 16, 2008 08:46 PM

            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
              a
              amela Aug 17, 2008 11:40 AM

              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. o
              Outerspace Aug 17, 2008 01:58 AM

              You may want to try the Santa Monica Food Co-op. They have much in bulk! http://www.coopportunity.com/co_opCom...

              1 Reply
              1. re: Outerspace
                b
                BoomOp Aug 17, 2008 10:14 AM

                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?

              2. m
                mandelabra Aug 17, 2008 01:18 PM

                Since we're on the topic of places that AREN'T near you, I can think of two places: the Bulk Bin at Nature Mart on Hillhurst, in Los Feliz; and Erewhon on Beverly, between Fairfax and La Brea, next to the Grove. Nature Mart sells in bulk, down to a little tiny sauce container size, while Erewhon sells spices in tiny bags (the brand is Spicely) about half the size of a regular McCormick jar.

                Show Hidden Posts