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Pickling spice mix by the ounce/lb (or pre-packaged)

ML8000 May 4, 2011 12:07 PM

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.

  1. toodie jane May 21, 2011 02:01 PM

    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.

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      frontzNskrontz May 12, 2011 09:17 PM

      Le Sanctuaire

      Le Sanctuaire
      315 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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        cheesecakeking May 12, 2011 05:27 PM

        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.

        1. yimster May 4, 2011 01:11 PM

          Smart and Final and San Francisco Herb Company sells pickling spices by the pound. Not as high end as Penzey's but good enough for what you want it for and much cheaper too.

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          1. re: yimster
            Windy May 12, 2011 09:46 PM

            SF Herb Company is a great store.

            San Francisco Herb Co.
            250 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          2. wolfe May 4, 2011 12:39 PM

            Have you tried Berkeley Bowl or the Food Mill?

            Berkeley Bowl
            2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

            Food Mill
            3033 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

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            1. re: wolfe
              ML8000 May 4, 2011 12:53 PM

              I'm heading over to BB later...just thought I'd round up other options at the same time. Food Mill is a little out of the way but I'll check it out later if I can't find other options. Thanks.

              1. re: ML8000
                wolfe May 4, 2011 01:01 PM

                Food Mill, call first although there must be some of your spices that need fresh replacement.
                (510) 482-3848

            2. pamf May 4, 2011 12:23 PM

              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.

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              1. re: pamf
                ML8000 May 4, 2011 12:55 PM

                Cost Plus might have it, I'll have to check. Thanks.

                re: the bagged ethnic spices, those can be a good value...don't ever recall seeing pickling spices however.

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