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Bulk Spices in Portland, ME

Mike CP Jan 25, 2013 07:59 PM

Where is the best place to buy spices in bulk in or around Portland, ME. I would prefer to fill my empty spice jars, rather than having to buy new jars.

I'm not looking for anything gourmet here, just every day chili, paprika, maybe a few curries; that type of thing.

Whole Foods is often my go to place for by-the-pound items, but I don't think Whole Foods does spices in bulk, only jars. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Any other suggestions?

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    adl Jan 28, 2013 09:24 AM

    You may also want to check out Penzey's Spices, online and based in Milwaukee. You can purchase bags of spices in addition to jars, and the quality has never disappointed.

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      sciencediet Jan 26, 2013 01:47 PM

      Hannaford actually has bulk spices too. I haven't compared their prices to Whole Foods, but I'd guess they're cheaper.

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        Mike CP Jan 27, 2013 06:00 AM

        Which Hannaford location are you referring to?

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          sciencediet Jan 27, 2013 05:05 PM

          Forest Ave. The bulk stuff is between produce and the bakery, and the spices are on the back (bakery) side.

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            Mike CP Jan 27, 2013 06:59 PM

            Yes! I actually found this today while I was in that store. I've never bothered to venture over to the back side of that kiosk, but there they were.

            If I read the label correctly they are Frontier spices. Got some curry and paprika, I'll use them soon and report back if any surprises in quality.


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        Bobmaine Jan 26, 2013 11:09 AM

        Whole Foods does sell spices in bulk. They're in the same aisle as the other bulk items.

        Micucci's has commercial-size spice containers, but I don't think they offer a by-the-pound option.

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          Dave B Jan 26, 2013 07:33 AM

          Micucci's has a pretty nice selection of bulk spices, upstairs past the wine section.

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            Mike CP Jan 26, 2013 10:25 AM

            Does Miccuci's have an option to buy by weight? Or do they just sell larger containers?

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              bobbert Jan 26, 2013 01:17 PM

              I believe it's just large containers but at good prices.

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            hitpas Jan 26, 2013 06:54 AM

            Easy ride up to Yarmouth/Freeport for Royal River Natural Food on Route 1 (Exit 17, take a right by Big Eartha)or the first Freeport exit (Take a right at the light). Have a good selection of Frontier Spices by weight. Also some local spice blends.

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