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Oct 27, 2010 10:41 AM

Best mail-order spice house?

I'd like to see recommendations from folks for "best mail-order spice merchant", in terms of quality as well as price.

One such is it makes up for the low prices by charging a lot for shipping.

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  1. i like the spice house. good stock. you may see more answers in the home cooking boards.

        1. I've been very happy with everything I've gotten from

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          1. re: Caroline1

            plus one for the amazing folks at World Spice Merchants.
            C1, have you seen their new online recipe file? Amazing!

            1. re: HillJ

              I keep looking at their recipe for Arabic Chicken Kabsa. I have everything on hand, including the black lemons, EXCEPT garam masala... <sigh> I should have said in my OP that I have never found another place that can surpass (some equal but none surpass) their quality and I've never found lower prices. But I am thinking of suing them.... I had a "spice wall" built in my kitchen with shallow open shelves for spices only. I thought 18 running feet would be enough. I'm out of room...! And now I need garam masala for their chicken recipe? Where does it end???

              1. re: Caroline1

                Too funny, I couldn't agree more. You might enjoy this article from Sunset on spice blends. WSM contributed to the article and sent me the link info after a quick email communication about their wonderful & growing recipe file.

          2. I can't say enough good about Spice Station. Blows Penzey's out of the water to my tastes:

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            1. re: mollyomormon

              mollyo, have you been to the store in Venice? i keep driving by and resisting the urge to stop in because i know i'll just go NUTS in there :)

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Yes, I have been to both the Silver Lake store and the Main Street one and they are both amazing!! The quality and price of the spices is just incredible. Everything is so much more reasonably priced than you might expect. Really, I've spent much less there than when going to stock up on spices at the grocery store or Whole Foods because I can buy by the ounce there and obviously the selection is a million times better. It's also much fresher tasting than the stuff from Penzey's in my experience, but I'm usually buying stuff for savory applications so take that with a grain of salt ...(har har). The employees are generally super helpful as well. I'm obviously a huge fan :).

                1. re: mollyomormon

                  OK, i'm sold :) i'll check out the Main Street store when i'm back in town next week. thanks for the feedback!