I had to buy McCormick’s Thyme this past weekend because I was about to run out of Penzeys thyme, and didn’t want to pay to order just one jar (because I definitely do NOT need anything else from Penzeys!) nor did I have time to drive to Arlington, mA to pick it up at the store. So I bought the smallest jar I could - will be interesting to open it up and see the difference of McCormick’s to the bit I have left in my Penzeys jar.
Oh - and BTW - the Tuscan Sunset is now salt-free (has been for years) so there’s no more Aleppo pepper in it. I just add some of my own to the mix based on the listing on the jar (ingredient order). I think the Aleppo adds just the right oomph to the TS seasoning.
Agree on the peppercorns, if they’re not under a ban. Just a few years ago Penzey’s had none due to the illegality, so people would have to bootleg them in. A few years ago in Charleston SC, we went to xiao bao biscuit, where the owners had gotten some really good ones while traveling in China I had a drink with them in it and crushed around the rim. Think my mouth was numb for hours. When I got home I tasted my unopened Penzey’s jar and yep, pretty much the same.
Sichuan peppercorns can be sold in the U.S. as long as they have been heat treated prior to importation. This hypothetically kills off the canker that hypothetically might grow on the peppercorns and could hypothetically endanger the U.S. citrus population (Sichuan peppercorns being a citrus fruit). It does kill some of its potency, so as with decaf coffee, you need to start with prime quality ingredients, and Penzey’s consistently gets same.
I’m aware of that, and I’m saying that Sichuan peppercorns have reliably been available in the U.S. for at least a decade. Admittedly, more than once you would have to go to an Asian supermarket, and be able to make out that the peppercorns actually came from SiChuan province, rather than GuangDong or GuangXi or TaiWan or any of a number of alternate second rate producers. But Penzey’s has had a reliable supply in place for several years.
Yes, Dr Jimbob, I’m sure you’re right! We old timers remember the old bans and no way to get product. I’m glad things have moved forward! I still frequently struggle to get fresh kaffir lime leaves despite going to many Asian stores in the greater Seattle area. Think I may order a tree & try to baby it along. I seem to have a black thumb however…damnit!
Penzeys Air-Dried Shallots 49089 net 3.6 oz 1.5 cup bag 1 $7.49 $7.49 Add to cart
Berbere Seasoning Blend 1 12842 net 3.2 oz 3/4 cup bag 1 $6.29 $6.29 Add to cart
California Sweet Paprika 47846 net 3.6 oz 3/4 cup bag 1 $8.69 $8.69 Add to cart
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