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Jan 8, 2014 12:11 PM

Bulk Spices

I just moved to LA and I am unable to find bulk spices. Everywhere else I have lived in the US has co-ops and grocery where you van get fresh spices in whatever quantity you want. Can anyone point me to a brick and mortar source?

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    1. re: Servorg

      I would also look at Jons Market (the one in Hollywood seemed to have bulk spices)

    2. They sell bulk spices at the Santa Monica Co-op. They also sell bulk spices at Sprouts, at least the newish one on Westwood Blvd. north of Santa Monica Blvd. Problem is, they need spoons to get the spices from the big jars into the little plastic bags without spilling all over.

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      1. re: nosh

        how do you transfer the spices?

        1. re: csh123

          At the Coop they're totally modern--the jars have scoops in them! And as I've said before, they have lots of organic spices, herbs and teas. I still have some organic lavender I bought last year to make ice cream with and it still smells great and made great ice cream almost a year later. (I have it in a plastic jar.) They also have a very good rate of turnover so I don't think the bulk products hang out for very long. I joined the Coop for $25 a year (for 8 years). You can leave any time and get a refund for your membership. But once you join, you get lots of discounts and rebates, if you spend a lot of money there. The quality is excellent.

      2. Not a brick and mortar per se, but a good option:

        Spice Alley annex - Hollywood Farmer's Market
        Sundays, 10:00am-2:00pm
        EaCa Alley (behind east side businesses on Cahuenga Blvd. from Selma to Hollywood Blvd)

        Here's the press release:

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        1. re: MaladyNelson

          Here's a photo from one of the spice vendors, World Flavorz Spice and Tea Co.

          1. re: MaladyNelson

            Try any Persian or Middle Eastern Grocery store, they always have spices in bulk form cheap!

            1. re: KTLA

              Most Mexican markets do too, although mostly Latin spices as opposed to other ethnicities.

              Edit: I'm thinking of the bagged pouches though, not barrels of them, so I'm not sure of you qualify that as bulk. But they are sold much cheaper than a supermarket.

        2. Amazing! I was going to suggest the Penzey's on 4th in Santa Monica. I bet the other resources are much cheaper and I'm glad to learn about them.

          OTOH, if you want a full range of choices Penzey's is likely to have what you could want.

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          1. re: rainey

            I've found Penzey's lacking. They lacked both culinary lavender and Italian oregano when I was searching over this last

            1. re: VenusCafe

              The Lavender us usually behind the counter...


              1. re: VenusCafe

                I don't think I've ever seen Italian oregano except on the east coast. I have Greek, Turkish and Mexican, but have not seen Italian. Have you tried their mail order source? They have a wider selection than what they carry in the store.

              2. re: rainey

                I also recommend Penzey's, nice selection and it is fun to browse around in the store.

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