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If you’ve read my blog for any length of time then you have probably figured out that I love to cook. We have an extensive spice cabinet and for my birthday two years ago my mother gave me a gift card to Penzeys Spices.
I thought it was a cool gift when I opened it, but I had no idea how much I would fall in love with Penzeys. They have an online store and a lot of brick and mortar locations to choose from. When I looked up their locations I saw that they had a location in Boulder so we took a ride over there and when I walked in the angels sang.
An exaggeration? Maybe, but the store is amazing. I wish I took pictures of the inside because it’s beautiful and it smells amazing.
The spices are fantastic quality; they smell and taste much better than the grocery store variety and in many cases they’re less expensive. For example, at Walmart Spice Island Tarragon is $10.83 per ounce, while a one-ounce container at Penzeys costs $9.49 and may be even less in your local store. Also, unlike the grocery store, you have a variety of sizes to choose from. You can get a small or a large jar of most spices as well as bags which are cheaper and you can put them in jars that you already have.
Not only are their prices comparable or lower than decent quality grocery store spices, they also give you free spices with low minimum orders. The first time I ordered online was last month and I just received another shipment today which is what prompted this post. The pepper in the background and the Greek seasoning were sent to me for free. I used a coupon code for the pepper because every month they have coupons either online (find them on RetailMeNot.com) or in their catalog. The Greek seasoning came unexpectedly just because, and it wasn’t a big order.
The time before last that I ordered online was a bigger order and I got a free cheese sprinkle with a coupon code that was over $10, another free seasoning and this cute mug all for free with my order. The prices online and in the store do vary with the store prices in my area being a little lower, but I get more free stuff by ordering online so it evens out in the end. I do love shopping in the store though and pop in every time I’m in either Boulder or Arvada.
So if you love to cook like I do, check out Penzeys and thank me later. This is my spice “cabinet” (yes, the whole top of the lazy susan is filled with spices and seasonings) and about 90% of it is from Penzeys. I also have some of the larger bags in my freezer. When the other brands run out, they will be replaced with Penzeys.