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  1. #1
    Blinky the Shark Guest

    Default Individual Spice Packets


    This outfit was was written up in the currene Time magazine. Their
    shtick is single-use spice packages.

    http://www.tspspices.com/Shop/Individual.aspx

    Comments pro and con?


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  2. #2
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    Blinky the Shark wrote:
    >
    > This outfit was was written up in the currene Time magazine. Their
    > shtick is single-use spice packages.
    >
    > http://www.tspspices.com/Shop/Individual.aspx
    >
    > Comments pro and con?


    Completely lame web site does not appear to have been
    tested with any browser except Internet Explorer,
    and it tries to download cookies. I don't recommend
    clicking through to it.

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    Blinky the Shark Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    Mark Thorson wrote:

    > Blinky the Shark wrote:
    >>
    >> This outfit was was written up in the currene Time magazine. Their
    >> shtick is single-use spice packages.
    >>
    >> http://www.tspspices.com/Shop/Individual.aspx
    >>
    >> Comments pro and con?

    >
    > Completely lame web site does not appear to have been
    > tested with any browser except Internet Explorer,
    > and it tries to download cookies. I don't recommend
    > clicking through to it.


    Works with Firefox. So don't allow cookies.


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  4. #4
    Goomba Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    Blinky the Shark wrote:
    > This outfit was was written up in the currene Time magazine. Their
    > shtick is single-use spice packages.
    >
    > http://www.tspspices.com/Shop/Individual.aspx
    >
    > Comments pro and con?
    >
    >

    Waste of money (such prices!) and unnecessary extra trash in the landfills.

  5. #5
    George Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    Blinky the Shark wrote:
    > This outfit was was written up in the currene Time magazine. Their
    > shtick is single-use spice packages.
    >
    > http://www.tspspices.com/Shop/Individual.aspx
    >
    > Comments pro and con?
    >
    >

    Wasteful for the intended purpose. It is analogous to buying a carton of
    take out condiment packs instead of just having a jar of mustard and a
    bottle of ketchup on hand.

  6. #6
    Julia Altshuler Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    Blinky the Shark wrote:
    > This outfit was was written up in the current Time magazine. Their
    > shtick is single-use spice packages.
    >
    > http://www.tspspices.com/Shop/Individual.aspx
    >
    > Comments pro and con?



    One pro I can think of for the company: The fancy packaging allows them
    to increase the price of ordinary herbs and spices by about 100 times.


    One con I can think of for the consumer: The fancy packaging allows
    them to increase the price of ordinary herbs and spices by about 100 times.


    --Lia


  7. #7
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    Blinky the Shark said...

    >
    > This outfit was was written up in the currene Time magazine. Their
    > shtick is single-use spice packages.
    >
    > http://www.tspspices.com/Shop/Individual.aspx
    >
    > Comments pro and con?



    Not visited, too overpackaged/overpriced BS!

    Andy,

  8. #8
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    On Mon, 07 Jul 2008 11:32:53 -0700, Blinky the Shark
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Works with Firefox. So don't allow cookies.

    or set them to expire when the session ends


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  9. #9
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    On Mon, 07 Jul 2008 10:46:17 -0700, Blinky the Shark
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >This outfit was was written up in the currene Time magazine. Their
    >shtick is single-use spice packages.
    >
    >http://www.tspspices.com/Shop/Individual.aspx
    >
    >Comments pro and con?


    I can see limited uses, such as when you want to put together a dish
    at someone else's house, at work, camping... things of that sort. The
    negative is if you need less than that amount. Then you have to store
    the partly used packet.


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    Blinky the Shark Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    sf wrote:

    > On Mon, 07 Jul 2008 10:46:17 -0700, Blinky the Shark
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>This outfit was was written up in the currene Time magazine. Their
    >>shtick is single-use spice packages.
    >>
    >>http://www.tspspices.com/Shop/Individual.aspx
    >>
    >>Comments pro and con?

    >
    > I can see limited uses, such as when you want to put together a dish
    > at someone else's house, at work, camping... things of that sort. The


    Good points -- hadn't though of them.

    The only positive thing I could think of was that they might be fresher
    packaged that way, after you're half-way through the box, than what
    you'd have in a spice jar that was half air.

    > negative is if you need less than that amount. Then you have to store
    > the partly used packet.


    Also true.


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    Gloria P Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    Blinky the Shark wrote:
    > This outfit was was written up in the currene Time magazine. Their
    > shtick is single-use spice packages.
    >
    > http://www.tspspices.com/Shop/Individual.aspx
    >
    > Comments pro and con?
    >
    >



    What's the point?

    1. The packets are pre-measured and most recipes call for different
    amounts of spice. Not terribly convenient if you have to measure
    a fraction of a package.

    2. Once you open a packet and only use part, the "freshness" benefit is
    lost.

    3. Those little darlings are EXPENSIVE -- $.75 each, not including
    shipping cost.

    4. The packaging is a waste of resources.

    As P.T. Barnum said, there's one born every minute.

    gloria p

  12. #12
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    On 2008-07-07, Blinky the Shark <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Comments pro and con?


    Total crap to get your money. Everyone who's been here (rfc) for any length
    of time knows you buy spices whole and grind your own. Pre-ground is crap,
    no matter what they are wrapped in. Besides, what's the real price per
    ounce on those packets? I bet it's insane. I won't even buy spice from the
    supermarket when they are on sale. Last time I looked, Schilling wanted
    $4-something for this itty-bitty half bottle of sage. It worked out to $30
    oz!!! Screw that. I can get reletively fresh whole Mex spices for $1 oz.

    Besides, you can't beat fresh ground. I jes made a fresh batch of carnitas
    using fresh crushed (thai mortars rock!) Mex cumino. I left the unused
    cumino in the mortar and it's like a spice poupourri. The whole house
    smells of it. Yum.

    nb

  13. #13
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    On Jul 7, 12:46*pm, Blinky the Shark <no.s...@box.invalid> wrote:
    > This outfit was was written up in the currene Time magazine. *Their
    > shtick is single-use spice packages.
    >
    > http://www.tspspices.com/Shop/Individual.aspx
    >
    > Comments pro and con?
    >
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    Okay for those who want to pay for them, I suppose, but if spices are
    stored properly I don't see a problem with keeping them around for
    longer than a year or whatever. Most of them don't deteriorate that
    fast.

    N.

  14. #14
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    On Jul 7, 4:21*pm, Blinky the Shark <no.s...@box.invalid> wrote:
    > sf wrote:
    > > On Mon, 07 Jul 2008 10:46:17 -0700, Blinky the Shark
    > > <no.s...@box.invalid> wrote:

    >
    > >>This outfit was was written up in the currene Time magazine. *Their
    > >>shtick is single-use spice packages.

    >
    > >>http://www.tspspices.com/Shop/Individual.aspx

    >
    > >>Comments pro and con?

    >
    > > I can see limited uses, such as when you want to put together a dish
    > > at someone else's house, at work, camping... things of that sort. *The

    >
    > Good points -- hadn't though of them.
    >
    > The only positive thing I could think of was that they might be fresher
    > packaged that way, after you're half-way through the box, than what
    > you'd have in a spice jar that was half air.
    >
    > > negative is if you need less than that amount. *Then you have to store
    > > the partly used packet.

    >
    > Also true.
    >
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    They would also be useful if you are a person who puts together jars
    or containers of the unmixed ingredients of a dish, and gives that as
    gifts, with instructions how to make the dish. You know, like those
    jars of beans for bean soup, etc.

    N.

  15. #15
    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    On Mon, 07 Jul 2008 14:21:49 -0700, Blinky the Shark
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >sf wrote:
    >
    >> On Mon, 07 Jul 2008 10:46:17 -0700, Blinky the Shark
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>>This outfit was was written up in the currene Time magazine. Their
    >>>shtick is single-use spice packages.
    >>>
    >>>http://www.tspspices.com/Shop/Individual.aspx
    >>>
    >>>Comments pro and con?

    >>
    >> I can see limited uses, such as when you want to put together a dish
    >> at someone else's house, at work, camping... things of that sort. The

    >
    >Good points -- hadn't though of them.
    >
    >The only positive thing I could think of was that they might be fresher
    >packaged that way, after you're half-way through the box, than what
    >you'd have in a spice jar that was half air.
    >


    i was thinking freshness, too, depending on whether the pouches were
    vacuum-type. still pretty damned expensive.

    your pal,
    blake
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  16. #16
    Blinky the Shark Guest

    Default Ping CHATTY CATHY [was Re: Individual Spice Packets]

    notbob wrote:

    > On 2008-07-07, Blinky the Shark <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Comments pro and con?

    >
    > Total crap to get your money. Everyone who's been here (rfc) for any length
    > of time knows you buy spices whole and grind your own. Pre-ground is crap,


    Cathy, if you see the ping: how about a survey to see if that claim about
    of self-spice-grinders being the norm in here is accurate?


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  17. #17
    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    On Tue, 08 Jul 2008 15:04:50 GMT, notbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 2008-07-07, Blinky the Shark <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Comments pro and con?

    >
    >Total crap to get your money. Everyone who's been here (rfc) for any length
    >of time knows you buy spices whole and grind your own. Pre-ground is crap,
    >no matter what they are wrapped in. Besides, what's the real price per
    >ounce on those packets? I bet it's insane. I won't even buy spice from the
    >supermarket when they are on sale. Last time I looked, Schilling wanted
    >$4-something for this itty-bitty half bottle of sage. It worked out to $30
    >oz!!! Screw that. I can get reletively fresh whole Mex spices for $1 oz.
    >
    >Besides, you can't beat fresh ground. I jes made a fresh batch of carnitas
    >using fresh crushed (thai mortars rock!) Mex cumino. I left the unused
    >cumino in the mortar and it's like a spice poupourri. The whole house
    >smells of it. Yum.
    >
    >nb


    my grocery has a selection of spices in the hispanic section, one or
    two ounces in a cellophane bag, that works out to one-quarter or less
    the prices in the 'spice' section. the vendor name begins with a
    'ba', but i can't remember it.

    your pal,
    blake
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  18. #18
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    On 2008-07-08, Nancy2 <[email protected]> wrote:

    > stored properly I don't see a problem with keeping them around for
    > longer than a year or whatever. Most of them don't deteriorate that
    > fast.


    Yes, they do.

    It's called oxidation and everything succumbs to it, even steel (rust).
    When you leave it whole, the outside of a seed, pod, etc, is exposed, but
    the interior is not or not as much. When you grind something and reduce it
    to a powder, you expose the entire surface of each particle to oxygen and it
    deteriorates all the quicker. Same with coffee. Shelf life for ground
    spices is about 6 mos max. Whole, some spices are good for years.

    Ever try grinding your own nutmeg from a whole nutmeg pod? Not only will
    the pod last much longer than pre-ground, but the flavor of fresh ground is
    infinitely superior to even the freshest packaged ground nutmeg. As one
    chef said, it's almost like a different spice.

    nb

  19. #19
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    Blinky the Shark <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Comments pro and con?


    Con is what it is.

    -sw

  20. #20
    KevinS Guest

    Default Re: Individual Spice Packets

    On Jul 7, 10:46�am, Blinky the Shark <no.s...@box.invalid> wrote:

    > This outfit was was written up in the currene Time
    > magazine. �Their shtick is single-use spice packages.
    >
    > http://www.tspspices.com/Shop/Individual.aspx
    >
    > Comments pro and con?


    I'd rather buy spices and dried herbs in bulk from a place
    that has good inventory turnover. I can buy a cup or a
    tablespoon. Doesn't need to be organic, but if it is, that's
    ok too.

    I know you can't see this.

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