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Seth Roberts

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best Penzeys Spices blends
« on: June 13, 2006, 10:11:24 AM »

I went to a Penzeys store and tested all of the spice blends to see which ones would work best. I was looking for blends that consisted entirely of finely-ground spices. I skipped a few blends that were "hot", such as chili blends. Here is what I found:

Pizza
Ozark
Brady Street (cheese bits are slightly larger)
Beef Roast
Tandoori (under Curries online)
Vindaloo (under Curries online)
Sunny Spain
Taco Seasoning (Original)
Russian Sausage
Polish Sausage
Pumpkin Pie
Salsa Salad
Porc Chop
Balti
Jerk Pork
Apple Pie
Cake
Sicilian
Chesapeake Bay
Venison Sausage
Baking Spice
Old World
Rogan Josh (under Curries online?)

I previously found the Adobo, Singapore, and Bangkok blends to work well.



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Re: best Penzeys Spices blends
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2006, 04:20:21 PM »

I was planning to buy some from their online store, is there one locally in the East Bay? SF Bay Area for you out of towners...
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Seth Roberts

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Re: best Penzeys Spices blends
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2006, 06:02:03 PM »

the store I visited was in New York. There is no Bay Area store.
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Re: best Penzeys Spices blends
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2006, 07:20:32 PM »

Did you skip the "hot" spices for reasons related to the diet (perhaps "hot" spices have a stronger, more recognizable flavor, even when they're mixed with other spices), or did you skip them to get a list that would be unobjectionable to most people?
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Seth Roberts

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Re: best Penzeys Spices blends
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2006, 09:45:51 PM »

I skipped them because they might be unpleasant if you're not careful.
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Re: best Penzeys Spices blends
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2006, 08:02:36 AM »

If you have an Indian or eclectic grocery store near you, you may want to check out their assortment of spice blends such as biryani, chaat, and chana.  I've been sprinkling them on eggs, cheetos, whatever.  They are also great with black eyed peas, rice, etc. 
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Re: best Penzeys Spices blends
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2006, 07:03:04 AM »

Erm Seth....

FYI, if you skipped the hot stuff, please note that Vindaloo can be pretty fiery. It is more often than not the hottest curry served in an Indian Restaurant. I like it, but many people find it a little on the hot side ;-)
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Re: best Penzeys Spices blends
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2006, 07:19:21 AM »

I think I tasted the Vindaloo and it was not excessively hot
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Re: best Penzeys Spices blends
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2006, 08:58:11 AM »

If it ain't hot, it ain't really Vindaloo. I normally hit a good Vindaloo to get rid of a bad head cold. Clears a stuffy nose in minutes and by the morning the whole thing is usually gone.

I used to insult the owner of an Indian restaurant by asking for hot chilli sauce to mix in his Vindaloo, telling him it was too mild :P

The other way I get rid of a cold is to consult one of my two favorite doctors, Dr Jack Daniels or Dr Jim Bean ;-)
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Re: best Penzeys Spices blends
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2007, 12:14:03 AM »

Those of you in the Bay Area might want to try this store. (It's the West Coast outlet of Atlantic Spices.)

They don't have as many spice blends as Penzey's, but they appear to be less expensive.

San Francisco Herb Co.
250 14th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
http://www.sfherb.com/
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Re: best Penzeys Spices blends
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2010, 07:21:05 PM »

Looks like there's a Bay Area store now, in Menlo Park.  Here's the link to the store list, by state.

http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/penzeysstores.html

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Anyone have a google search that will show what we're looking for?
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2011, 05:22:59 PM »

these google searches don't list individual products

site:penzeys.com  "finely ground"   blend
site:penzeys.com  "fine powder"   blend
site:penzeys.com  "finely powdered"   blend

I've also read a bunch of the descriptions, randomly looking at anything listed as a blend, and none I've seen so far includes describing fine-ness of grinding

Looking at the list of ingredients it looks like a lot of the blends have more commonalities  than differences - most I've looked at so far have black pepper, many have cardamom.  

At first I thought I could just get the 10 cheapest blends and be done with it, then I realized the 10 I was looking at all had few individual spices, and some of the names kept repeating.    If I accidentally buy 10 products and 8  or 10 have one commonality, would that still work OK for crazy spicing?
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notes on some Penzeys blends
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2011, 03:44:09 PM »

these have large leaves and/or seeds or some such - if you get these you'll need to run them through a blender or grinder to get them fine

pickling spice
fines herbes
parisienne

these last 2 blends are not strongly flavoured.  Mix them up with anything that's stronger and the flavour IMHO would be completely swamped.

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