shopping : Monterey bay spice company

When your favorite chef or recipe calls for a special herb or spice are yours fresh??? How time flys !, The recommended rule of thumb is to keep a years supply of herbs and ground spices and a 2 years supply of whole spices on the shelve, though those guidelines may vary according to the cook! When it comes time to clean out and inventory your herbs and spices, it’s convenient to order all the needed items from one source other than the high-priced small bottles of herbs and spices at the supermarket.

While Penzeys is probably the most well know spice supplier online (or at their brick and mortar store) The Monterey Bay Spice Company (also known as herbco.com) is an alternative. They are less expensive than Penzeys . Most of the spices and herbs minimum amount is 4 oz which in cases of some of the herbs is a large amount. Monterey Bay Spice Company’s website allows you to enter items numbers directly to the search function from their paper catalog. The information on each herb and spice is extensive and geared more toward an herbalist, outlining suggested applications, a background and description for each herb or spice and there is some information given on culinary use. Monterey Bay Spice Company also offers teas, essential and fragrance oils and herbal supplies. Most of the herbs and spices are available both in regular and organic.

The online order was place on November 01 , 2010 with an emailed receipt. Monterey Bay Spice Company has multiple shipping methods if you need your order like tomorrow ! An email shipping confirmation was received November 3 with a USPS (United States Postal Service)shipping tracer. The USPS shipping tracker is not as extensive as an UPS (United Parcel Service) tracer as it just indicates it package has been sent and not updated till delivered. The UPS tracker on packages notes every time the parcel is scanned on route. The USPS has an option to email updates as necessary. Being the less expensive shipping method $14..33 USD, the package arrived November 17th 2010. The items are packaged in sealed cleared plastic (no zip locks) and labeled largely . If you have a friend or relative that cooks and will enjoy fresh herbs and spices the large packages can be shared among others. If you order basic whole spices and seeds you can grind them to order and mix your own blends, that is for poultry, beef , fish, BBQ , Cajun, Indian etc. instead of purchasing them pre- blended.

Caraway seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.52
Peppercorn mix (4 pepper), whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $3.00
Cilantro (domestic), c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $5.60
Paprika (Hungary) powder-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $2.80
Dill weed (domestic), c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $4.80
Celery seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.16
Mustard seed, yellow whole Organic-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.80
Coriander seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.08
Marjoram, c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.40
Sea salt-Per Pound 1 $1.50
Mulling spices-Per 1/4 pound 1 $2.10
Ginger root, c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $2.20
Fennel seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.08
Sesame seed, natural Organic-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.40
Dill seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.00
Poppy seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $2.00
Cumin seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.60
Spearmint leaf (domestic), c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.32
Fenugreek seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $0.84
Sassafras root bark, c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $6.00
Savory, c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $2.60

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