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Penzy's Garlic Powder

Bobfrmia Dec 15, 2009 10:38 AM

Ok, to strike preemptive, I usually use fresh garlic, that said...
A couple years ago, when Penzy's opened a store here, I was impressed with the incredible smell of the garlic powder. I bought some, and it wasn't like any other I ever tried. It became a lazy way to impart garlic flavor quickly, and sometimes just to boost a sauce etc.
It was really good.
Earlier this year, they had a sign up to try " Our new garlic". I asked the salesperson why they would change suppliers of what was the best dried garlic. She told me that it supposedly reconstituted better, and tasted more like fresh.
Wrong. I don't know if it's just me, but this stuff is no better than any cheap grocery store brand.
Very sad.
There must be more to why they did this. Did anyone else notice? Anyone know the real reason behind the story?

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    scott123 RE: Bobfrmia Dec 15, 2009 07:21 PM

    That really sucks. I haven't ordered Penzey's garlic for a while and was just about to place a new order. Crap. I've never been head over heels in love with their garlic (it IS dried garlic) but, compared to what's available to me locally, it was definitely good quality and extremely reasonably priced.

    How could they possibly have 'improved' on it? This has 'new coke' written all over it. I'll bet any amount of money that the new garlic is cheaper- that this decision was based upon the bottom line and has nothing to do with an 'improved' product.

    I used to be a big Penzey's fan, but, after purchasing ancho chili powder on multiple occasions that had grit in it and now this... my perception of them has dimmed considerably.

    I'll still probably give them my paprika and cumin business, but, if it's true and this garlic powder has taken a turn for the worse, I think the days of recommending them highly to friends and acquaintances have drawn to a close.

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    1. re: scott123
      webgrunt RE: scott123 Mar 25, 2010 03:13 PM

      This may be beating a dead horse (four year-old thread) but many of the spice blends I recently bought from Panzy's are loaded with salt and in fact have salt as the first ingredient--meaning I paid premium spice prices for mostly salt weight.

    2. coney with everything RE: Bobfrmia Dec 16, 2009 04:05 AM

      are you talking about a garlic "powder" as opposed to their granulated garlic? We use the granulated for dry rubs and such.

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      1. re: coney with everything
        Bobfrmia RE: coney with everything Dec 16, 2009 10:46 AM

        Granulated, powder, anything garlic.

      2. iluvcookies RE: Bobfrmia Dec 16, 2009 05:49 AM

        Just as an aside... you really do need a granulated garlic when making a BBQ sauce or chili powder. Fresh isn't the same in these two situations. No judgment from this CHer.

        That is not good news about the Penzey's garlic though... I just bought a new jar and haven't opened it yet (the granulated kind)

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        1. re: iluvcookies
          Gio RE: iluvcookies Dec 16, 2009 06:04 AM

          Well, in my experience and especially since cooking from Bon Appetit Y'All, garlic in BBQ recipes and for spice blends like Creole and Cajun call for either fresh minced garlic or garlic powder. In fact I believe I've never seen any mention of granulated garlic at all.

          I like Penzey's and buy from them frequently, but have recently found another spice supplier which fills in the gaps when I can't find what I want from Penzey's...Savory Spice Shop:

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            PinchOfSalt RE: Gio Dec 18, 2009 01:49 PM

            Thanks for the pointer to Savory Spice Shop. I just checked out their website and am impressed! Penzey's does seem to be going more and more in the direction of putting growth and profit over quality. It is good to have an alternative.

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              al b. darned RE: PinchOfSalt Dec 19, 2009 11:10 PM

              I second The Savory Spice Shop. I get my HBI granulated garlic there. (After The Spice House discontinued it.)

        2. free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: Bobfrmia Dec 19, 2009 03:53 PM

          Thanks for posting this. i was thinking of ordering the garlic powder because I love the garlic salt. Even though fresh is preferable the garlic at my local grocery store has been awful lately. It's nice to have a back up when you need one.

          1. aces551 RE: Bobfrmia Dec 19, 2009 04:28 PM

            Not Penzey's too! Why does everyone go cheap, rather than focus on quality and authenticity? It's heart breaking.
            I order all my "exotic" spices from Penzey's, such as Garam Masala, Vindaloo curry powder, shallot pepper, etc. as the local grocery stores just don't carry much variety, and I am not going to drive all over town to ethnic or specialty shops to buy one spice here, and one spice there.
            It's a shame about the garlic. Have you told them how you feel about it? I know they are a family owned company, and probably really do care about what you have to say. I'm sure they would welcome your feedback.
            I will probably continue to order more unusual spices from them, as it is so easy to have them delivered right to my door. And the prices are very reasonable.
            When you talk to them (if you do), tell them that their fans would prefer to pay more for our spices than for them to cheapen what they have to offer.
            I bet they are feeling the crunch of our economy - most folks probably are buying whatever grocery store brand seasonings they can find, and not spending their money on such things as special or higher quality spices.

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              drk001 RE: aces551 Dec 22, 2009 06:26 AM

              It appears that they are going the way of the big spice companies and using garlic produced outside the US instead. Sad to see the quality spice company sacrifice quality for cost. I completely agree, that for exotic spices they have been great, but are those going to start suffering now?

              I know the topic is on powders, and this may not be the right season but try the experiment if you can. Go to the super market; buy the cheapest clove they have and the more expensive locally (or at least US) grown produce. There is a HUGE difference in flavor and I know which one I prefer. If you can afford it, buy what tastes good to you, not just what the company provides.

            2. Becca Porter RE: Bobfrmia Dec 20, 2009 05:58 AM

              They have started cutting off the brown root end of the garlic clove. You will notice that it is pure white, rather than speckled brown like most. I love Penzey's new garlic powder, it does seem to have a cleaner flavor.

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                Gio RE: Becca Porter Dec 23, 2009 09:20 AM

                I saw a report on TV about garlic grown in Gilroy and it was explained that garlic that has the roots removed is imported, mostly from Asia, and when you see the root ends you can be sure it's from the US.

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                  Bobfrmia RE: Becca Porter Dec 26, 2009 09:25 AM

                  So of all the post here, you are the only one, it seems, to have tried it. You prefer it. Taste being relative, I hate to see people not wanting to purchase based on my thoughts alone.
                  I was hoping to hear from more people to compare thoughts.
                  Maybe I'll try it again. I got to go in for my free poultry seasoning. I do love the amount of free spices they give you when you take the catalogs.

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                    free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: Bobfrmia Dec 26, 2009 04:08 PM

                    I always buy the smallest container on those items I am not sure about, which is what I'll probably do.

                2. DallasDude RE: Bobfrmia Dec 23, 2009 09:30 AM

                  Is it me or has anyone noticed the penzey stuff caking easily.

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                    Gio RE: DallasDude Dec 23, 2009 09:36 AM

                    I've noticed that. Easily and quickly especially the Sandwich Sprinkle even though my spice cabinet is in a realatively cool and dry location. I like to use that on slow roasted tomatoes... but it's good on anything!

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