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Dec 9, 2010 05:56 AM

ISO Mixed Whole Spice (?)

I have an old east coast recipe for Pumpkin Marmalade that calls for "Mixed Whole Spice". I've only been able to google a few uses for it (it might be the same as Pickling Spice). Even the guy at House of Spice isn't familiar with it.

Anyone know what Mixed Whole Spice is and where I can get it in TO ?

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  1. As you no doubt know, there is no spice called "whole spice", but rather, it is a mixture of spices, typically cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger (spices that typically go well with pumkin, among other things).

    Allspice, which is a spice in its own right, also has an essence similar to the above combined spices, so perhaps that is how the term in your recipe was derived.

    ... and I can't respond to a thread about spices in this city without raving about The Spice Trader on Queen West (at Walnut) ... the proprietors, Alison and Neil, have the best, freshest organic herbs and spices around ... and their philosophy is to price them at an "every day" use level. You can also get a selection of their herbs and spices at Cumbrae I believe. Look for them in their trade-mark olive green tins.

    1. Not that hard:

      Try Bulk Barn, House of Spice or Little India for garden variety spices like these. Most of what Spice Trader deals is available elsewhere for less.

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      1. re: Kagemusha

        Duh, my bad. That's gotta be it.

        Many thanks though...

        1. re: Kagemusha

          I usually don't like to shoot down others' opinions, but keep in mind, when it comes to flavour, you get what you pay for ...

          PoppiYYZ and others can go on line and check out their prices ... I think you'll find them quite competitive with other packaged products and much fresher. And they're a young couple with a growing small business that is no "trendier" than many of the find food establishments lauded on this site.

          1. re: CocoTO

            "I usually don't like to shoot down others' opinions, but keep in mind, when it comes to flavour, you get what you pay for ... "

            Not necessarily. Turnover is the key to freshness and I don't see that at Spice Trader relative to other places. Sorry.

            1. re: Kagemusha

              Didn't realize you were checking out their inventory that closely ...

              1. re: CocoTO

                It's obvious at those prices with teensy purchases. It's just a little too twee.

            2. re: CocoTO

              Thanks CocoTO,

              Always looking for a good tip and I wasn't familiar with The Spice Trader. I love House of Spices' selection, but I've had hit and miss results on quality. Nothing beats Kalustyan's in NYC though.

              1. re: PoppiYYZ

                Haven't been spice shopping in NYC ... sounds like a good future trip!