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Where to buy spices in San Francisco?

jzc | Oct 31, 201411:09 AM     6

I use a lot of cumin, tumeric, cinnamon, thyme, spice in general. Where can I buy them in larger quantities and at a reasonable price? Costco doesn't carry that many spices so I've been buying at places like Smart & Final, Grocery Outlet, and Chinatown. Chinatown has the best prices I think but they're small bags. Also, does origin matter? Some of them don't have origin but the ones that do, the majority seem to be from China.

Is there a difference in quality of spices? I love to cook but I'm not sure I have the palate to appreciate really expensive spices. I know most people say that spices only last a limited amount of time, but I have sage that's been a couple of years old and cayenne as well that I've used and I didn't notice any significant difference. Frankly, when you buy them from the store there isn't a packing date so I wouldn't know how long it's been in the store either.

Thanks!

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