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Where to buy Ceylon cinnamon?

Started 1334602704.427 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1334868186.95 by dooBdoo

I apologize if this has been discussed before -- I didn't see any recent threads.

I want to buy Ceylon cinnamon (aka cinnamomum verum, or cinnamomum. zeylanicum) instead of the cheaper "Cassia cinnamon." I've checked with whole-food stores and markets nearby, and they don't carry it.

Are there some good, trustworthy sources that sell it online or by phone? (Anyone know about iHerb.com?)

Also, if I buy it in bulk, will it remain fresh, or does it require special storage?

I've been looking on the web, but I'm not sure exactly who I can trust, since I've never purchased spices or herbs online.

Sorry for all the questions, and TIA! Smile

★~
And the day came
when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud
was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom.
~Anais Nin

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chickenbutt1334603039.15724237 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

I get mine from Penzey's. No store here, so I shop on their website.

I, too, need to use real cinnamon and not cassia, so this is the perfect solution.

Oh, and Penzey's is the best - great products and really great customer service. It stores very well, in my experience. I have it either in glass jars or Lock & Lock. (I usually buy it by the bag *cheaper* and keep some in a glass jar, for immediate use, and the rest I leave in the bag and put in a L&L container.

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Bippity boppity BOOYAH!

robomo1334603422.0439441 PostsRegistered 3/15/2005

I too buy from Penzey's. Everyone's favorite Dr. Oz says that Cassia is the best. I buy the Penzey's that is a blend and it's fabulous.

Caffeina1334603823.221881 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I bought mine from www.spicesinc.com.

boby1334606095.7873096 PostsRegistered 2/10/2006Town of Ulster-suburb of Kingston, NY

Penzey's absolutely. Best prices, freshest merchandise, great CS, and almost every order either has a free sample or a coupon for a free item with your next order, sometimes both. Even the catalogue is great: many recipes in each one.

Chuckr1334610435.1371162 PostsRegistered 1/2/2008Denver area

There may be one near your locale:

http://www.savoryspiceshop.com/

crazy4bear­s551334611431.09743 PostsRegistered 1/15/2007

I purchased sometime last year..how long does it stay good? I have it in a locknlock...

Thanks!

forrestwolf1334611536.526025 PostsRegistered 6/20/2010Deep in South Georgia

Another vote for Penzy's..............Cool

"For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack"
1895 Rudyard Kipling
EDUCATE........NOT ERADICATE

manny21334612290.7531786 PostsRegistered 3/11/2009

Costco sells it.

Shelbelle1334612551.02734738 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 4/16/2012 robomo said:

I too buy from Penzey's. Everyone's favorite Dr. Oz says that Cassia is the best. I buy the Penzey's that is a blend and it's fabulous.

I think this is one time the good doctor may be wrong!!!

oceantown1334612620.698724 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 4/16/2012 Caffeina said:

I bought mine from www.spicesinc.com.


Me too. I bought organic ceylon cinnamon.

Townsend1334612793.0771065 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007

You can purchase Frontier brand ORGANIC Ceylon Cinnamon at www.iherb.com. If you use the code VAL416, you will get $5.00 off your first order from them. I have used this product for years and it's excellent and at a very good price!!

You'll have to copy/paste the link.

Shelbelle1334613595.09334738 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Plenty of it on ebay, do a search for Ceylon cinnamon.

dooBdoo1334629544.86317254 PostsRegistered 6/27/2010Beautiful Southeast USA

This is wonderful! Such helpful information!

Perhaps if I contact the vendors mentioned here, they can tell me exactly what I need to know about keeping it fresh if I buy in bulk. I'll post it here if I learn anything.

(I have to agree with Shelbelle about Dr. Oz recommending the Cassia as "the best" -- that's not what I've read, or been advised. My understanding is that the Ceylon not only tastes much better, it's also the safer, healthier choice.)

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★~
And the day came
when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud
was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom.
~Anais Nin

robomo1334668823.099441 PostsRegistered 3/15/2005

I heard Dr. Know it All personally say that cinnamon was great for your health - for many things - and said that cassia was the best.

Missey11334677313.6033174 PostsRegistered 12/21/2008Sierra Foothills CA
On 4/16/2012 Caffeina said:

I bought mine from www.spicesinc.com.

I quoted this thread because this comes from the above site.

What is the Shelf Life of Spices and Herbs?


Dried herbs and spices add a lot of flavor to our dishes and they are easily available and convenient to use. When we blend a combination of spices and herbs we end up with a whole variety of wonderful and unusual tastes. Preserving the quality, freshness and flavor of your seasonings will give you great tasting dishes and really will spice up your palette.

Spices do not spoil but they do lose their strength. Stored in airtight containers in cool dry places, spices retain their potency longer than you might have been led to believe. Whole peppercorns, nutmegs and cinnamon sticks tend to hold on to their flavor for a long time. And potent whole spices, such as cloves, cumin, and cardamom will also last for a long time.

The greatest importance in getting the best taste and value out of your herbs and spices is to store them well. Store them in tightly sealed containers in a cool dark place. Keeping containers tightly closed will protect them from moisture and oxidation, and they retain more of their essential oil content when stored in glass jars or metal tins. Keeping them away from direct light will keep color from fading.

Never store them above your stove or near other heat sources as heat will degrade the quality. Also keep them away from the heat of the stove and the humidity of the dishwasher. If you have ever heard it is good to freeze spices and herbs forget it! Condensation will be a problem each time the bottle comes out of the freezer and is likely to introduce moisture to the spices. And don't shake herbs or spices out of the bottle directly into something you're cooking as that will introduce moisture to your spices.

Red spices like chili powder, cayenne pepper and paprika can be refrigerated to prevent loss of color and flavor. Spices such as turmeric, curry powders, ground cloves and paprika should be stored in glass or metal containers as their flavors will lessen if left in original packaging. The best temperature for herbs and spices is below 70º F.

Whole spices keep the longest because they have not been cracked or ground which would expose their flavors to air. Ground spices have a shorter shelf life. To determine whether or not ground spices are still viable gently shake the container with the cap on. Remove the cap after a moment and smell the container to see if the rich smell of the spice is still present.

The government recommendations for freshness dating is four years for whole spices and two years for ground and you may hear people say that spices should be replaced every six months. But most spices are only harvested once a year, so it certainly doesn't make sense to replace these every six months.

If spices and herbs are kept as we have discussed the shelf life will be as follows:

• Whole spices and herbs leaves and flowers will keep 1 - 2 years.
• Seeds will keep 2 – 3 years and roots will keep 3 years.
• Ground spices and herb leaves and seeds keep 1 year.
• Ground roots will keep for 2 years.

A good practice to follow is to purchase high quality dried herbs and spices in small quantities so that you can easily use them up in reasonable period of time.


dooBdoo1334688678.36717254 PostsRegistered 6/27/2010Beautiful Southeast USA

Missey1, that is great information. Thanks, so much, for taking time to post it.

★~
And the day came
when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud
was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom.
~Anais Nin

Shelbelle1334693245.67334738 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I take Cinn. capsules, the true cinn. get them on ebay from Wonder Labs.

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formallyjg1334697608.891641 PostsRegistered 5/7/2008
On 4/16/2012 Caffeina said:

I bought mine from www.spicesinc.com.


Caffeina.....

I checked out the site and see that they have alot of spices and the prices seem reasonable. I'd be interested to know more about this co. before placing an order. Could you post more about this co. and the products?

TIA,

JG

Pelham1334700531.913833 PostsRegistered 6/15/2006

Ceylon doesn't necessarily taste better than cassia, it just tastes different. As for Dr. Oz saying cassia is the best, he might have been referring to his preferred taste. Or he could have been talking out of his hat.

Caffeina1334700635.991881 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 4/17/2012 formallyjg said:
On 4/16/2012 Caffeina said:

I bought mine from www.spicesinc.com.


Caffeina.....

I checked out the site and see that they have alot of spices and the prices seem reasonable. I'd be interested to know more about this co. before placing an order. Could you post more about this co. and the products?

TIA,

JG

Some time ago, maybe last year, there was a cinnamon discussion here. Several sites were posted, and someone posted their link too. I checked out all the sites, and chose Spices Inc. because of the selection, prices, and the fact that I was within their 1-day shipping zone. I also figured I could save on shipping costs since I wasn't too far, but it wasn't hard to fill my cart with $35 worth in order to get free shipping anyway.

I bought the Ceylon Cinnamon, Habanero (both flakes and powder), and three different hot/spicy blends. They also sent a generous 1 oz. sample of a fourth blend, and two 10% coupon codes, one for my next order, and one to share with others. DH & I have been extremely happy with their products, and I'll continue to buy from them. I didn't think to look for a coupon code when I made my first purchase, but I'm sure you can find one on one of the coupon sites. The code I had is now expired.

formallyjg1334746530.0031641 PostsRegistered 5/7/2008

Caffeina.....

Thanks for the info. I buy from Penzey's but saw some interesting salts, blends, etc. I'll be putting together a list soon. I'm also within the 1 day ship area and agree that it wouldn't take much to compile a $35.+ order for free shipping (Fed-Ex to boot).

JG

Samantha20­011334749078.8420 PostsRegistered 11/21/2006
On 4/16/2012 Shelbelle said:
On 4/16/2012 robomo said:

I too buy from Penzey's. Everyone's favorite Dr. Oz says that Cassia is the best. I buy the Penzey's that is a blend and it's fabulous.

I think this is one time the good doctor may be wrong!!!

I totally agree, shelbelle. I was watching him yesterday, 4/17/12, he was talking about ways to add things to your diet to increase energy and metabolism. The first item I saw was ground guarana powder. He proceded to use an amount sprinkled over cereal. Now my Dr. says that guarana, which is found in some metabolism boosting products, can cause high blood pressure.

I would think that Dr. Oz would know this. Now about the cinnamon, I bought organic ceylon cinnamon from Amazon. It is great. Very fresh. I am very pleased with it. It came in resealable bags.

Samantha

Shelbelle1334761812.42334738 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Dr Oz recently said to cook with palm kernel oil. My DH did some research in this, this kind of oil is full of saturated and trans fats, no way was the good doc right on this one either.

chickenbutt1334762384.08724237 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

I agree that if Dr Oz said this, he is wrong. I did research on this a few years ago, when I actually first found out that most 'cinnamon' is actually cassia. What I learned was that cassia was not AT ALL a good choice for me (YMMV of course) or the bird (for whom I make some things that have cinnamon in them). That was when I started purchasing the Ceylon cinnamon from Penzey's.

Bippity boppity BOOYAH!

depglass1334774280.8624103 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

I'm going to settle this once and for all, at least in my mind. I'm ordering one each from Penzey's and taste testing it. Right now I have two Cassias, one from Vietnam and one from China. Those are the two I use for oatmeal choc chip cookies, DH's favorite. I also have Tung Hing from China, I don't care for this one at all.

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