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Your Questions, Answered.

The following are questions that are frequently asked by our customers. If you have any questions that you don’t see below, contact us and we will be happy to help answer your questions.

Product Questions

When will my spices expire?

All of The Spice Hunter products include a Best By date on the label, with the exception of Grill Shakers, which use Julian date codes (see next question). Spices are at their freshest when first opened, and will retain their flavor for longer when stored in a cool, dark place. See the list below for our general recommendations by product group.

Vanilla ExtractIndefinite
Lemon & Almond Extracts72 Months
Mulling Spices/Hot Buttered Rum Packets36 Months
Grinders36 Months
Turkey Brine36 months
Whole Spices (includes savory Peppercorn Blend)48 Months
Whole Spices Exceptions: Poppy Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Vanilla Beans, Saffron Whole, Whole Nutmeg, Pine Nuts24 Months
Sea Salt Blends36 months
Ground/Granulated Spices24 months
Herbs/ Capsicums/Salt Free Blends24 months
Minced/Chopped/Crushed36 months
Organic Dip and Seasoning Mixes24 months
Global Fusion Rubs24 months

My Grill Shakers don't have a Best By date - how do I interpret the code on the jar to determine when they were produced?

Our Grill Shakers are stamped with a Julian date code that states the date each item was manufactured, in the form YY-JJJ-C.

Helpful hint: you can estimate the month your jar was manufactured by dividing the Julian date by the number 28. The resulting number will correspond to the month of the year. For example, the Julian date 208 corresponds to July 27. 208 divided by 28 is about 7, or the 7th month of the year, July.

YYYear (last 2 digits of the year the product was manufactured)
JJJJulian date (3 digits representing a day of the year, e.g. 001 = January 1, 365 = December 31)
CPlant code

What is the best way to store my spices?

The life of your spices can best be preserved by storing them in ideal conditions. These include dark, dry, and cool locations with limited exposure to sunlight, moisture, and heat. You may have noticed how pale your dried herbs on the countertop become after just a few months – sunlight will degrade the color and flavor of your spices! Avoid shaking spices out of the jar directly over a steaming pot – moisture and heat can encourage the growth of bacteria and mold! Other common, but inadvisable locations for storing spices include over the coffee pot, sink, or other heat and/or steam producing kitchen appliances. Temperature fluctuations can cause condensation, and eventually mold, so if you choose to store your herbs and spices in the freezer or refrigerator, return them promptly after use.

Why are my spices clumping?

Clumping may occur due to excessive moisture being introduced into your spice jar. Over time, the spices can become clumped together into a hardened clump which can be broken apart and used.

Do The Spice Hunter products contain any artificial flavors, preservatives, or MSG?

No, The Spice Hunter products do not contain:

Artificial, FD&C Colors
Artificial Flavors
Artificial Sweeteners
Chemical Preservatives
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Proteins
Hydrogenated Oils
Irradiated Ingredients

What does "natural flavor" mean in the ingredients statement? 

Occasionally, The Spice Hunter uses natural flavors in products and lists them as “natural flavor” in ingredient statements. These flavors comply with the FDA definition for natural flavors, which states they must be derived from the specific food the flavor represents. Natural flavors included in The Spice Hunter products meet our natural product integrity standards.

The Spice Hunter Products may contain:

Autolyzed Yeast Extract


Meat Products


Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)

White Sugar/Organic Milled Cane Sugar


Are The Spice Hunter's spices and products kosher?

All of The Spice Hunter’s products (categories listed below) are certified kosher. Kosher items are certified by the Orthodox Union (OU).

Kosher Product Categories
Spices & Herbs
Salt Free Blends*
100% Organic Spices & Herbs
100% Organic Salt Free Blends
Sea Salt Blends
Fresh Twist Grinders
Salt Free Organic Grinders
Global Fusion Rubs
Mulling Spices/Hot Buttered Rum Packets
Turkey Brine
Organic Dip & Seasoning Mixes

*Please note that Thai Seasoning in our new packaging is kosher, butThai Seasoning in our old packaging is not kosher and includes shrimp.

What does "organic" mean?

The Spice Hunter’s organic products are USDA Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI). Among the many reasons to choose organic (including the positive impacts on the ecosystem – improving water, soil, and air quality – and helping to build local farming economies), certified organic products are guaranteed free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and are never grown from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

The Spice Hunter carries over forty certified organic products including spices, herbs, salt free blends, salt free grinders, dip mixes and seasoning mixes.

Look for the QAI and USDA logos on the label.

Are The Spice Hunter spices irradiated?

Our products, and the ingredients they contain, are never irradiated.

Which The Spice Hunter products contain allergens?

The Spice Hunter has an Allergen Control Program in place aimed at controlling the 8 major food allergens designated by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004* created by the Food & Drug Administration. The 8 major food allergens, which account for 90% of food allergies, are: soy, wheat, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts and peanuts. The Spice Hunter only uses soy, wheat, milk, and tree nuts in our manufacturing facility. Our jar products do not contain any of the major food allergens with the exception of Thai Seasoning (#1957 – old packaging only), Pine Nuts (#1810) and Korean BBQ Global Fusion Rub (#2253). Please see below for details and a complete list of allergen statements. Each individual product description on our Products pages also lists any allergens, if applicable.


Item No.Item DescriptionAllergen Statement
1810Pine NutsN/A (single ingredient, contains pine nuts).
1957Thai Seasoning (old packaging only)Contains shrimp extract.
2253Korean BBQ Global Fusion RubContains soy.

Which The Spice Hunter products contain gluten?

Our spices and spice blends do not contain gluten. Our Organic Dip & Seasoning Mixes, Turkey Brines, and Global Fusion Rubs are certified gluten-free by the Gluten Intolerance Group. See below for details.


Item No.Item DescriptionItem No.Item Description
5330Spicy Chili Organic Seasoning Mix5335Dill Organic Dip Mix
5331Fajita Organic Seasoning Mix5336French Onion Organic Dip Mix
5332White Bean & Chicken Chili Organic Seasoning Mix5337Green Onion Organic Dip Mix
5333Mild Taco Organic Seasoning Mix5338Guacamole Organic Dip Mix
5334Spicy Taco Organic Seasoning Mix5339Ranch Organic Dip Mix
2240Mild Sriracha Global Fusion Rub2241Coriander Lime Global Fusion Rub
2242Chipotle Cinnamon Global Fusion Rub2243Smoky Chile Global Fusion Rub
2244Smoky Turmeric Global Fusion Rub2245Spicy Garlic Global Fusion Rub
2246Tandoori Global Fusion Rub2252Mango Habanero Global Fusion Rub
2253Korean BBQ Global Fusion Rub5101Original Turkey Brine
5102Lemon, Garlic & Herb Turkey Brine 2256Green Hatch Chile Global Fusion Rub

Is Cassia the same as Cinnamon?

There are at least 4 species of the Cinnamomum genus which are used for cinnamon:Cinnamomum cassia, C. burmanii, C. loureirii, and C. zeylanicum. C. cassia, C. burmanii, andC. loureiriiare all considered “cassia” types of cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon isreddish brown in color with a strong characteristic aroma and flavor.Quite different from cassia type cinnamon is C. zeylanicum, theSri Lankan or Ceylon cinnamon often referred to as “true” cinnamon. Notwidely available in the U.S., this cinnamon is tan in color, with flavorand aroma so much milder than that of cassia that the average person inthis country would consider it a weak or poor cinnamon. In labeling,any bark from the Cinnamomum genus (whether cassia orCeylon-type) may be called “cinnamon.” The higher the oil content, themore intensive the aroma and flavor. Thus it is that the cassia types ofcinnamon, which average higher in oil content than the Ceylon types,are rated superior by the cinnamon-loving American market.

What is Saigon Cinnamon?

Saigon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum loureirii) has traditionally been considered the finest quality cinnamon due to the fact that its volatile oil content runs higher than that of other types. Saigon cinnamon is reddish brown and has a distinctly sweet flavor. The Spice Hunter’s Highland Harvested Saigon ™ Cinnamon is sourced from the highlands of Vietnam, with a minimum of 5% volatile oil – which accounts for its intense aroma and wonderful taste!

What are the origins of The Spice Hunter spices and herbs ?

When a Spice Hunter product has an origin on the front of the label, that item will always come from the stated origin. Otherwise, origins are subject to change with market conditions and availability of ingredients that meet our stringent standards for high quality.

Where are your Grill Shakers?

All Grill Shakers have been discontinued as of summer 2018.

Where are your soup cups and bowls?

All soup cups and bowls have been discontinued.

Where is Fresh at Hand?

Fresh at Hand was a beloved line for a handful of our loyal consumers. Unfortunately, demand for Fresh at Hand was not large enough for us to maintain our high standards for product quality, so we have discontinued the Fresh at Hand line as of 9/16/16.

I've placed an order, when will my order be shipped?

The Spice Hunter’s goal is to ship your order from our California facility within two business days of receiving your order (for orders received before 5PM PT). For example, if we receive your order on Monday, we will ship it out by end of business on Wednesday.

Usage Questions

Are there general usage tips for spices?

  • Use a light hand when seasoning with herbs and spices. Your goal is to compliment your dish without crowding out the flavor of the food.
  • To release the flavor of dried herbs and spices, crumble them in your palm, or grind with a mortar and pestle, before adding them to your dish.
  • Lightly toasting whole spices in a dry skillet over medium heat before grinding will bring out even more flavor.
  • For long-cooking dishes, add whole spices during cooking to permeate the food, and add ground or cut herbs and spices an hour or less before serving. Finely crush dried herbs before adding to your dish…after measuring!
  • Black pepper, granulated garlic, salt and cayenne pepper are excellent “after cooking” seasonings.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment!

How do I measure fresh vs. dried herbs in a recipe?

1 T fresh chopped herbs = 1 t dried herb leaves, or 1/4 T ground dried herbs.

What are the "essential" spices & blends?

Twelve “Must Have” Spices:





Granulated Garlic

Granulated Onion

Ground Cinnamon

Ground Ginger


Ground Cumin

Ground Coriander

Chile Pepper

Tellicherry Peppercorns

Twelve “Must Have” Spice Blends:

Italian Seasoning

Herbes de Provence

Garlic Pepper

Lemon Pepper

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Curry Seasoning

Poultry Seasoning

Seafood Grill & Broil

Steak & Chop Grill & Broil

Mexican Seasoning

Garlic Herb Bread Seasoning

Fines Herbes

Can I make my own blends?

Yes! Combine the following spices and herbs in proportions to suite your tastes:

Fresh Italian Herb Blend

basil, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, sage, and oregano

Dry Moroccan Curry Blend

curry seasoning, basil, mace, fennel, and mint leaves (grind with mortar and pestle).

Cajun Creole Blend

cayenne, thyme, garlic, allspice, sweet paprika, and granulated onion

How do I brew mulling spices?

Combine apple juice or apple cider and mulling spices, simmer 20 minutes, remove spice and serve hot in mugs or cold with ice.

Can also be made with red wine: Add 1/3 cup sugar if simmering with wine.

*If using loose mulling spices, place in tea infuser, tie in cheesecloth, or add loose to liquid and strain before serving)


To 1 quart of apple juice or apple cider, add 2 Tablespoons loose mulling spices OR 1 mulling spice bouquet ball.

To 1 gallon of apple juice of apple cider, add 8 Tablespoons loose mulling spices OR 4 mulling spice bouquet balls.

What steps and measures toward sustainability has The Spice Hunter taken in order to maintain its business with minimal long-term effect on the environment?

The Spice Hunter is committed to responsible business practicesand exploring ways we can make our business more sustainable, including

  • Corrugated and white paper products wherever possible;
  • Recycling plastic wrap wherever possible to minimize the amount of waste sent to landfills;
  • Actively conserving energy by shutting off computers and otherappliances when not in use, and turning off lights when rooms are notoccupied;
  • Reducing the use of plastic in containers wherever possible andlooking towards using fewer petroleum-based raw materials whilemaintaining the integrity of the products we make;
  • Reducing our carbon footprint by using shipping and receivingoptions that incorporate full loads whenever possible to limit the useof fuel per load;
  • Regularly evaluating sanitation procedures to implement propercleaning practices to minimize chemical residues sent to municipal watersystems;
  • Constantly looking at examples of green practices as a model for our business to make less of an impact on the environment.

C.F. Sauer Company Acquisition Questions

Will The Spice Hunter products remain the same?

Of course! We will continue to produce the high caliber of spices, seasonings, extracts, and more that you’ve come to expect from The Spice Hunter. There are no plans to change product formulations or discontinue any products.

Will The Spice Hunter products still be available at my local grocery store?

Yes, you can continue purchasing The Spice Hunter products as you regularly do, whether that’s at a local grocery store or through our website. Visit our store locator to see which retailers near you carry The Spice Hunter products.

What is Falfurrias Capital Partners?

Falfurrias Capital Partners is a private equity firm based in Charlotte, N.C. They are loyal fans of The Spice Hunter brand.

Will The Spice Hunter brand name change?

No, The Spice Hunter brand name will remain the same. The C.F. Sauer Company adopted a new name as of August 1, 2019: Sauer Brands, Inc.

Will The Spice Hunter products still be produced at the existing plant in San Luis Obispo, C.A.?

Yes, our talented team in San Luis Obispo will continue to produce The Spice Hunter products.

Will employees be affected by The C.F. Sauer Company’s sale?

Falfurrias wishes to retain all employees as they recognize the importance of employees’ dedication and expertise to The Spice Hunter’s continued success.

Can I call The Spice Hunter?
Our toll-free number is 1 (800) 444-3061.

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