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Does anyone buy their spices online

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lavendersun Mon 23-Nov-15 18:17:40

I need loads and the shop I used to use has closed sad. I did buy them in bulk online when I lived in the US but haven't used anyone here.

Not sure why I am just not ordering - too many shops to choose from maybe smile.

Onykahonie Mon 23-Nov-15 19:04:23

What sort of spices and quantity are you looking to buy? Have you tried the world/Asian foods section of your local ASDA? Mine does loads of spices in big, cheap packs, but we do live in a very multicultural area, so maybe other stores don't do the same ranges?

lavendersun Mon 23-Nov-15 19:30:21

Just those I use for curries - 10-12 of them, 50g would do for some of them 100g for others.

Nothing in the local shops really, nearest town is small in rural East Anglia.

Didn't have a problem when I lived in London grin. I could buy them in the supermarket but they are so expensive compared to the shop I used to be able to buy from.

PestoSkiissimos Mon 23-Nov-15 19:32:46


lavendersun Mon 23-Nov-15 19:35:49

There isn't a Costco near me - do they sell online?

PestoSkiissimos Mon 23-Nov-15 19:42:01

No, they don't sell food online but they do sell a great selection of spices in store in huge sizes.

Onykahonie Mon 23-Nov-15 19:54:37

Can you get ASDA's full range online?

If not how about this store?
I've not used them, but the prices look pretty good.

ENtertainmentAppreciated Mon 23-Nov-15 19:56:52

I haven't used their online site, it's quite new I think, but I have purchased at the Ideal Home Show from these people and found them very good for herbs and spices
Foxs Spices

I've also bought in person from Spice Mountain

Neither will be cheap but both have very good ranges and quality.

Otherwise I have had some large bags of World End brand from the Co Op or larger Tesco, but it's a limited range and may be restricted to only certain stores, might be good to bear in mind if you venture further afield.

lavendersun Mon 23-Nov-15 19:58:11

Thank you Onykahonie. I had just registered for their £5 off voucher!

Think I will give them a go. Good prices but god their web page is awful, when you put something in your basket you get a pop up to click on, end up at the basket and then have to navigate back to the spice section!

lavendersun Mon 23-Nov-15 19:59:48

Thanks Entertainment - I want things that are fresh/still aromatic in a few months - that sounds good.

ObiWanCannoli Mon 23-Nov-15 20:11:20

I use Spices of India, brilliant customer services, great prices and an extensive selection. The only place I can buy cardamom powder and other things the stores don't sell. I buy from them at least once a month.

lavendersun Mon 23-Nov-15 21:10:29

Thanks, I have just ordered from Spices of India. I thought mine were a bit stale after using them today and I had run out of a couple of things.

17 generous bags of spices for £24 delivered - now what am I going to put them all in because the bags are much too big for my containers.

whois Mon 23-Nov-15 21:48:59

now what am I going to put them all in because the bags are much too big for my containers

I keep the small jars in plastic trays in my cupboards, and keep refilling them from the bags which live in on giant clip lock box elsewhere.

ChilliAndBint Mon 23-Nov-15 21:55:34

I live in the UK, I buy spices from Asian Grocers.

kalidasa Mon 23-Nov-15 22:02:55

I use Spices of India too. Excellent. Good cookware as well, and they (sensibly) sell various storage options for the spices. Can also recommend their Neem shampoo!

Katarzyna79 Mon 23-Nov-15 22:14:27

ive heard of what their service is like I don't know never used them before. under grocery tab look for ground spices.

if you find your spices aren't as fragrant as you like make sure its air tight in dark place, and the date of packets id check them. I have had other food from Asian stores out of date, theyre not big on checking dates in some places.

also some spices just don't smell that fragrant I think the quality has been reduced. Ive used Rajah spices most my life but now find the cumin which is one of my faves doesn't smell or taste as good. The coriander (dunya) is the worst, I just don't get the taste. Ive ditched the coriander powder altogether.

I use whole coriander seeds dry roast 1-2 mins in pan till coloured a bit and you can smell it. then pop into coffee or spice grinder , wallah fresh coriander it tastes amazing in plain tomato chicken curries. the packet one tastes nothing like it.

if you're cooking for 1-2 people easily done for all spices, otherwise it is a bother. I do it for coriander and cumin the most because theyre the two I find lack quality. I don't think id do it for all of them because I always make 3 dishes at a time and it would be time consuming.

if you have spices left over just twist use rubber band keeps great mums always done that and so do I, just keep it somewhere dark and away from moisture. I got ticked off with spare bags, sometimes I don't find them then double buy so I got some medium size kilner type jars from Ikea and the medium sized spice bags entire contents fit to the brim in them. If on budget id stick with rubber bands did me no harm for years.

Enjoy cooking!

lavendersun Tue 24-Nov-15 06:14:54

Thank you everyone smile. I think my current spices are stale because I haven't kept them well enough. I have filled my jars and then rolled and folded over the bags and taped them down with brown tape and then stored them in a tin!

I am wondering about jam jars, have a few around.

AwfulCuntForTheButter Tue 24-Nov-15 06:37:42

Sous Chef are pretty good (I can lose HOURS on that site), and do you have a branch of Tiger near you? They stock a surprisingly large range of herbs and spices, and they're good value.

I'm in East Anglia myself - I'm happy to buy from Tiger and post them to you if you don't have one nearby smile

lavendersun Tue 24-Nov-15 07:20:12

Thank you, that is lovely of you, I think there is one in Cambridge (55 mins), not sure about Norwich (50 mins) but am sorted for now smile.

Thinking about it though, I wonder if I have lost track of time, some of my spices must be a year old as the shop I used closed before Christmas last year.

Maybe I will introduce a bin them in January policy (not 2016 obvs smile). I think I use them slightly less since DD came along too.

VeryPunny Tue 24-Nov-15 07:24:19

If you are going to Cambridge, head to Mill Road - loads of ethnic stores, in particular Al-Amin has everything you will ever need. My problem with buying the big bags is that I don't use them in time so it's a bit of a false economy.

lavendersun Tue 24-Nov-15 07:27:53

I used to live there very, and shop there grin. Time to fit it in in a school day with work and everything else my problem.

Next going for ice skating on Christmas eve if we don't get there before.

Honestly, when the nearest decent town is 20 odd miles away you start to shop online, so much easier, and no doubt cheaper to pay postage than to even park let alone get there.

mateysmum Tue 24-Nov-15 07:30:07

I have used spicesofindia too, but if they don't have what you want, try and they do many similar products to spices of india.

EdithWeston Tue 24-Nov-15 07:47:57

I love Foxes Spices and hadn't realised they had an online shop.

But ENtertainment the link you gave seems to go to TK Spices. Are they they same company?

ENtertainmentAppreciated Tue 24-Nov-15 19:48:37

I think so Edith.
Their online site is new and it has a notice up to please bear with them as they think there may be a few glitches.

The Foxes site has several links on it depending on what you want. The main address is foxs hyphen spices dot co dot uk.

Sorry my browser seems to be playing up a bit but you should be able to find it. They take Paypal I notice.

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