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Being a spice loving food writer I am frequently asked what is the best place to shop for spices. In this ever expanding world it makes sense to turn to the web for easy access to any spice, especially the ones that are hard to find in your local markets.
Of course, if you happen to be near a specialty spice shop, by all means continue shopping there. The list below is aimed at foodies who live in areas where spices like cardamom pods, long pepper and Himalayan saffron aren't readily available.
Savoury Spice Shop
This shop is my hands-down favorite. Originally based in Denver, the Savory Spice Shop has locations throughout the United States. It offers instant access to a wide range of spices, salts, spice blends, extracts and sauces from every corner of the world. Don't miss an opportunity to visit your nearest shop to sample tasty recipes made with spices from the shop. For locations and shopping online, visit www.savouryspiceshop.com.
My Spice Sage
An online spice shop that offers free shipping, My Spice Sage is another great option. Based in the Bronx, the shop offers over 400 varieties of spices, spice blends, specialty teas and other ingredients. The website also offers recipes, in case you feel like experimenting. To shop, just visit www.myspicesage.com.
A great option for foodies in the United Kingdom, Steenbergs is a great shop for organic and fair trade spices, teas, seasonings and baking ingredients. It's a family-run shop whose owners strive to be eco-friendly. Check out their assortment of spices and goods at www.steenbergs.co.uk.
Originally based in Maryland, this spice shop has locations across the United States and has garnered rave reviews from the folks at Cook's Illustrated. At Penzey's you can shop online for over 250 spices or order from the store catalog (which you can request online or download). You get free shipping on orders over $30. www.penzeys.com.