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Recent Penzey’s Spice Order

1   11950      Chili 9000 2.1 oz. 1/2 cup jar……………..$5.49
1   22042      Horseradish Dip 4 oz. bag…………………..$5.45
1   22642      Szechuan Pepper Salt 4 oz. bag ……….$4.59
1   31851      Oregano Mexican .4 oz. 1/2 cup jar…..$2.99

Shipping, $5.95   TOTAL : $25.08

2 thoughts on “Recent Penzey’s Spice Order

  1. We are blessed with an area Penzeys store…where you can wander around and browse, nose first.  Last time we needed spices, alas, I was sick, so my husband got the full olfactory punch. 

    Best spice exerience *ever* — especially snorting the different kinds of cinnamon.  (If you’ve never tried their Vietnamese cinnamon, it is worth every cent they charge.  Exemplary cinnamon rolls!)

  2. Well, the order arrived, and I’ve already used the chili powder, the oregano, and the horseradish dip. The chili powder was really fragrant when I opened the jar, but once added to my chili recipe, I wasn’t really able to detect any extra flavors from the more unusual spices (“Hand-mixed from: Ancho Chili Pepper, Cumin, Garlic, Cilantro, Onion, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Lemon Peel, Mexican Oregano, Black Pepper, Cocoa Powder, Citric Acid, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Coriander, Ginger, Natural Smoke Flavoring, Fenugreek, Cloves, Fennel, Nutmeg, White Pepper, Anise Seed, Jalapeño Pepper, Star Anise, Cardamom.”)

    The horseradish dip was a nice addition to my corned beef sandwich. I mixed a tablespoon of the powder in water, let it bloom for a couple minutes, then mixed it with equal parts greek yogurt and mayonnaise, along with a splash of cider vinegar. It’s surprising that the powder by itself is almost tasteless, but letting it steep in the water really does seem to make a difference.

    I’ve been to one Penzey’s store — in Norwalk, Conn. — and I was pretty unimpressed with the low-rent feel of the place. We’ve got one nearby here in suburban DC, but I think I’ll just pay the shipping instead of crossing the bridge into Maryland and braving the Beltway.

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