Pickling spice mix by the ounce/lb (or pre-packaged)
Any ideas where to buy bulk pickling spice mix by the ounce/lb...or reasonably priced packaged stuff?
I'm going to pickle some asparagus in the ice box, so a standard blend will work, nothing fancy and I'm not going to blend my own and just don't want to buy an ungodly amount.
I'm aware of Bombay Spices in Berkeley but figured it's not something they'd carry already mixed. Also know about Penzeys Spices in Menlo Park that has an 8 oz jar for $4 (seems reasonable)...but that's out of the way. I haven't check standard grocery stores but imagine a gouge.
Thanks in advance.
Most grocery stores have a selection of "ethnic" spices that are in small plastic bags and very reasonably priced compared to the brand name spices sold in jars. These are often located near the produce or "ethnic" food aisle rather than the main spice section.
Cost Plus World Market is also a good source for that sort of thing.
When I make pickled pork for red beans and rice, I use mustard seed. This and many other spices can be found in Indian markets in varying sizes for very reasonable prices.
Standard health food stores/co-ops have some of the freshest herb and spice selections around. You know, in the gallon jars where you measure out spices by the ounce. Usually they have a good pickling spice blend. Also, in supermarkets, in Mexican Spices pegwall area.
How much are you making? A little goes a long way. 1/4 # would make gallons.