Yay! My brand won. Penzey's Fancy Vietnamese.
Not far down the recommended list is Adams. It is a good Texas company. Unfortunately many of our stores are stocking McCormick brand now and I just don't care for it. One of DHs college classmates works for Adams now. Awhile back we invited the squadron (Texas A&M grads all in the Corp) of a dozen men and wives to our home...some camped in RVs at the local state park, others stayed in hotels...but we ate dinners together and one evening had everyone to the house for some big thick grilled hamburgers. Dave brought me a case of 12 different spices. I looked at him and opened my spice drawer...he grinned because 90% of my spices back then were Adams.
Now I use predominately Penzeys. The cinnamon is so fresh that when you first open it, you don't have to use but half of what is called for in the recipe. I opened a jar one time, stepD was standing on the other side of the dining room table. Her head popped up and she said "WOW! I can smell that from over here!" I've gotten all three kids hooked on Penzeys.
Penzeys and cast iron - I am a good mother.
Thought it was interesting that they rated Durkee next.
I know the Durkee brand but it is not sold at all in my area...
I noticed the test was in 2009, wonder if it is still top rated. I'll have to see what my little store carries. I subscribe to their mag but can't remember when I started. They have a TV show on PBS too.
I find I prefer it over my long used favorite from my childhood. Especially enjoy the marketing Penzey's does to esplain why one cinnamon is different and best in particular type uses. I go through this almost like salt.
Penzey's has some retail stores, but they do not franchise and state quality control as the reason. It is extremely easy to order online:
Many of the spices (like the cinnamon) come from different regions and they go into detail about the characteristics of the spice from one region to another and the best uses/dishes/recipe for that particular spice.
EVERY catalog as the Scoville chart - hotness of different peppers - in it.
We have a Penzey's in the city and cinnamon is one thing that is on my list. It is SO much better than what I can get here. There was a segment on a news show that said you should grate your own -- but I'm not sure I want to do that (although I do grate my own nutmegs)
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I have never heard of most of the brands listed! 2 fellow employees were discussing a combined order they were placing so I asked to see their Penzey catalog. Cinnamon, garlic, and vanilla caught my attention...I ordered several things to try, but haven't gotten into them yet. Guess I should start with the cinnamon!
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