(Closed) Penzeys Spices- recommendations?

posted 5 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The Adobo is really good — I’ve eaten just on plain elbow macaroni before. I used the Bavarian to make a pork roast last week. I think there’s another one, Bangkok Blend maybe? I can’t remember off the top of my head. They all have a section on the label saying what they’re recommended for. None of them are spicy!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We bought the BBQ set for DH’s father.  They LOVED all of them.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Northwest Fire is awesome for anything grilled–veggies, chicken, shrimp, whatever.  Spray with Pam (or rub with olive oil), then sprinkle on.  Yum!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I put Mural of Flavor on pretty much everything.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The Spice House is another place to try (can order online, local for me in Chicago). It’s by the kids of Penzey’s… and I LOVE their blends even more than Penzeys! Try Back of the Yards, DH puts it on EVERYTHING.  No joke! http://www.thespicehouse.com/

We actually picked our 4 top spices and used them as wedding favors for 150!

 

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I love all of Penzey’s Spices! Their cinnamons are all amazing for baking! I recently bought their Sandwich Sprinkle and it is awesome on sandwiches and in pastas!

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper

@H2MrsDj:  Thanks for the Spice House rec!  Very cool that it’s the kids of Penzey’s!  I’m loving the prices 🙂

What 4 did you use for your wedding favors?

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oh my goodness, is everything a legitimate answer?  I pretty much use their stuff exclusively and I’ve been amazed what it does for my cooking.

The three I find myself grabbing over and over again though are Mural of Flavor, Sunny Spain, and, our absolute favorite, Chicago Steak seasoning.  The Mural and Sunny Spain get used on veggies a lot.  A dash of Mural also gets thrown into anything that just tastes ‘too boring’.  Sunny Spain is great on white fish, too.  Oh and eggs.  I find that one to be of the ‘a little goes a long way’ variety – I’ve definitely overdone it before.  We go through a ridiculous amount of Chicago – that one, the more the better.  In addition to an amazing steak, it’s extremely good on oven-roasted, skin-on chicken.  Oh and try throwing some in ketchup; it’s so good.  Not a blend, but I think their Spanish Smoked Paprika is also stellar.  It adds a really nice, rich flavor you don’t see in plain paprika.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@oracle: We used the following:

Back of the Yards (http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/back-of-the-yards-garlic-pepper-butchers-rub#content) DH even puts this on breakfast food.  This is our favorite!

Brisket of Love (http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/brisket-of-love-bbq-seasoning-rub#content) I actually bring a full pound of this twice a year to my parents.  They use this every time they grill spring/summer/fall, addicts!

Gateway to the North (http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/gateway-to-the-north-maple-sugar-seasoning#content) make our own bbq sauce with this… but I personally think its best on bacon. Not kidding (my inner fat kid drools)

Bridgeport (http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/bridgeport-seasoning#content) yum on potatoes and veggies. But honestly, we don’t use it as much the others and like the spicier ones on meats better, but it was a good variety for the wedding

 

(sorry so big! and sorry to threadjack, I just love the place)

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper

@H2MrsDj:  That is SUCH a great idea for a wedding favor!  I would LOVE this!  I was thinking of gifting a spice rub for Christmas gifts last year… and it’s back on my mind for this year… but maybe I’ll just buy from The Spice House instead of hunting down bottles, etc!  We’ll see.  I love your picture!  

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I adore Penzey’s! I tend to use plain (i.e. single) spices more than blends, but, a couple of favorites from them:

– minced shallots. Way cheaper and easier to keep on hand than buying fresh shallots, especially for a soup/stew/slow cooker recipe.

– dried celery. Again, super convenient and cost-effective for adding celery to soups.

– ground sumac. Sprinkle a little of this on hummus – WOW! Also, try za’tar (blend of sumac, thyme, sesame seeds and salt – Penzey’s sells it) on hummus and/or pita. Delicious!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

How did I forget earlier: their taco seasoning! Delicious! They have different intensities – I like both Original and Bold.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Second to whomever mentioned their cinnamon! Their extracts are expensive but are worth it too.

I’m spoiled though by Penzey’s, my old apartment used to be very close to their processing plant and you could smell everything that they were grinding, which was good and bad. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza

@ThreeMeers:  +1 That set is fantastic.  One of my favorites!!

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