or Connect
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Penzeys Spices

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hi gang ...

There are a few items in the Penzeys catalog I'd like to order, but before doing so, since this would be my first time doing business with them, it seems prudent to ask if they are a good company to do business with. Do they ship promptly? Are their products of good quality, especially their vanilla extract? Do they handle problems in a good manner, i.e., friendly, quick replacements or refunds, etc.? Have you purchased anything that you've been dissatisfied with? Any comments would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Shel
post #2 of 18
They're a very responsible company. A bit high priced I think but they're good.

Phil
Palace of the Brine -- "I hear the droning in the shrine of the sea monkeys." Saltair
Reply
Palace of the Brine -- "I hear the droning in the shrine of the sea monkeys." Saltair
Reply
post #3 of 18
It depends on what you get for prices, but quality and service they are top notch!
My latest musical venture!
http://myspace.com/nikandtheniceguys
 
Also
http://www.myspace.com/popshowband "I'm at the age when food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table." Rodney Dangerfield RIP
Reply
My latest musical venture!
http://myspace.com/nikandtheniceguys
 
Also
http://www.myspace.com/popshowband "I'm at the age when food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table." Rodney Dangerfield RIP
Reply
post #4 of 18
Penzey's has really top-notch vanilla extract. It's pricey but completely worth it. We always get the single-strength - just because we're accustomed to that.

Mike
travelling gourmand
Reply
travelling gourmand
Reply
post #5 of 18

You can really rely on Penzeys

Hi,
Yes, I'm new to this site, but I'm a 6 year customer of Penzeys spice company. I have to say the are absolutely without a doubt the greatest! I usually buy just their "virgin" spices though- I don't care to much for their mixes. Their vanilla is outstanding as is their cocoa powders, dill, whole nutmeg, and peppercorn varieties. Hope this helps!

Maine Cook
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hi Phil,

For most, if not all, of the iterms I want right now, thay are substantially lower in price than what I'd pay locally, and some of the items seem to be of higher quality as well.

Shel (tired of paying too much for pepper!)
post #7 of 18
In my experience they are friendly and prompt. Their herbs and spices are far superior to anything I would or even could buy in a local store. And most of their prices are a lot better.
But I agree with Maine Cook, their mixes are no great shakes. They usually include a free one in with my orders. And I'm not impressed. Could make it myself.
Emily

______________________

"If you are not killing plants, you are not really stretching yourself as a gardener." -- J. C. Raulston, American Horticulturist
Reply
Emily

______________________

"If you are not killing plants, you are not really stretching yourself as a gardener." -- J. C. Raulston, American Horticulturist
Reply
post #8 of 18
Great company. Good spices. No complaints from me and I really, really like to complain.
post #9 of 18

Penzey's "One" Magazine

Do any of you subscribe to the Penzey's magazine? It's chock full ofu recipes from not only chefs, but also nostalgic "antique" style recipes of people's grandma's, aunts and even great-grandmas! They also take the reader to wonderful little food stops around the world and educate you of the towns they are in; and the history of the recipes! Quite nostalgic! No, I don't work for Penzeys:p ! I'm just a fan. I do wish they carried more of an array of extracts and maybe some dried fruits! After all they have dried celery, onions, and peppers!

Maine Cook (or Julie;) )
post #10 of 18
I'm very lucky, there is a Penzey's shop about 3 blocks from me. I like their products a lot, especially the Tellicherry peppercorns. The shop is nice, the spices are put in apothecary jars for customers to smell, with the packaged product behind. The magazine/catalog gives nice descriptions of the spices. I like them and would recommend them.
post #11 of 18
dledmo you've got me beat: I'm a 15 minute drive from them. I just bought a bag of those peppercorns recently.

You can buy all the herbs and spices you like from Penzey's and they'll be fresh and delicious. You can buy small amounts to try or to keep them from going stale- they don't make you buy a big container.
Moderator Emerita, Welcome Forum
***It is better to ask forgiveness than beg permission.***
Reply
Moderator Emerita, Welcome Forum
***It is better to ask forgiveness than beg permission.***
Reply
post #12 of 18
I'm about five minutes. :D Come to think of it, I need some peppercorns.

Kevin
post #13 of 18
I love Penzey's and just about all the spices in my house are from them. Sure they are a bit higher priced, on many of their items, but the quality is so worth it. It seems that, at the grocery store, buying spices is a crap shoot, but at Penzey's I know I will always get fresh, high quality stuff. As for who they deal with complaints, I can't say as I have never had a reason to complain about any product I bought from them.

I guess I really all depends on the mix you are talking about. I don't really care for many of their "meat" seasonings, but they do a great job with the Indian spice mixes and I love their horseradish dip mix. I also constantly use their Turkish spice mix to add flavor to a lot of my foods.
post #14 of 18
Did you guys know that McCormic Spices sells TWO vanilla beans in one of their bottles and at the Shaws in Maine, they were charging $17.99 for just the two! And you can't even open the bottle to see how fresh they are by feel because the bottles are sealed! I think McCormic needs to re-examine their distribution practices and pricing! Also, the other thing that drives me buggy in some grocery stores is that they will store clear bottles of extra virgin (expensive) olive oils near the light at the top of the isle shelf! Light is not GOOD for extra-virgin olive oil! Even the makers should know enough to put it in dark, glass bottles! That's why I ALWAYS buy THE DARKEST, richest brand available. Usually the kind for dipping.....My rampage is over- talk amongst yourselves! I'll be back!
Julie the Maine Cook
post #15 of 18

Julie- here's where you get your fruits and nuts!

OK, Julie-

for the best nuts and dried fruits you'll ever see, go to
http://houstonpecan.com/

My son lived near it for several years in Houston, and we got to know it well. Just wonderful quality nuts of all kinds and gorgeous dried fruits.

It is owned by a Mr. Cooper, who came over as a European-Jewish refugee after WW II. He's still around because... he was on Schindler's List.

Not relevant to the quality of his stuff, but interesting. We thought each visit to the store was a little brush with history.

Mike
travelling gourmand
Reply
travelling gourmand
Reply
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
For a wide and interesting assortment of pepper:
http://www.pepper-passion.com/

BTW, I recently discovered Szechuan peppercorns, and they are marvelous for certain recipes ;-))

Shel
post #17 of 18
Thanks Mike!

I've never heard of that company-I'll definitely check them out! Do you have any company names that are trustworthy on the web where I can buy gourmet bar chocolate? I used to get it back in 2000 from someplace called galaxy chocolates, but I think they went out of business:(!
Julie
post #18 of 18
I just discovered Penzeys about a month ago, they have a store in Torrance. It's great that they offer various sizes of their products so you can try them and then purchase a bulk bag of the items you like. Great selection for the home cook.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Food & Cooking