11 Herbs and Spices $4-$26 Per kg + Shipping @ Vel Spices

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After a tipoff from Pandaman in the iHerb deal that Asian stores are cheaper than iHerb at around $10/kg for Ground Cumin compared to $28.83/kg($13.99/lb) I found it for $6.75/kg at Velspice.

I went on search of the KFC Secret 11 spices and herbs at the cheapest price and landed at Velspice which seems to import Indian, Turkish and Australian Spices for ridiculously cheap. They are even cheaper than other importers online.

It's also brick and mortar Indian and Sri-Lankan Shop in Melbourne with 4.1 on Google.

Shipping to Sydney was reasonable $9.15 for 200g to $18.95 for 5.5kg

The KFC 11 Secret Herbs and Spices are all 50%-90% cheaper than iHerb.

Majority are imported from Turkey/India and spice nations, but Yogi brand seems to be Australian Made which is slightly more expensive than the options I have listed except for Coriander seeds which can't be imported I think.

I have listed the cheapest brands of each type of common spice below:

Sorted in relative % cheaper compared to iHerb like for like

Turmeric Powder was $3.99/kg compared to $30.88/kg ($13.99/lb)
Chilli Powder $6.65/kg compared to iHerb $45.23 ($20.59/lb)
Chilli Powder 500g for $3.50 compared to iHerb ($20.59/lb)
Coriander Powder 1kg $4.99/kg compared to $35.12/kg ($15.91 per 453g)
Paprika 200g for $2.15 compared to iHerb $9.3 per 200g ($21.06/lb)
Coriander Seeds was $6.99/kg compared to iHerb $30.88/kg ($13.99/lb)
Cumin was $6.75/kg compared to iHerb $28.83/kg ($13.06/lb)
Curry Powder $2 per 200g iHerb vs $7.13 per 200g ($16.19/lb)
Chilli Flakes $4.70 per 400g compared to Iherb ($11.28/lb)
Oregano $2.79 per 100g vs $4.56 per 100g 20.69/lb
Cinnamon stick $2.25 per 100g iHerb 4.22 per 100g $19.08/lb
Star Anise $2.6 per 100g compared to $4.78 per 100g ($21.74/lb) at iHerb

So their free delivery for $50 is only within 20km. You need to order about $150 for free delivery within 50km. Still not bad if you live near Carrum Downs, but for those not in the south, not so great.

DISTANCE FROM PICKUP LOCATION MINIMUM ORDER VALUE SHIPPING PRICE
0km – 20km $50 Free
21km – 30km $100 Free
31km – 50km $150 Free
51km – 60km $250 Free
They accept Paypal and Credit Card should be no issues and 7 day return is piece of mind.
FREE DELIVERY*
Depending On Your Area Starting From $50* (excl. bulk items)
7 DAYS RETURN
If goods have problems

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Comments

  • +8

    Shut up and take my money

  • +8

    Finger lickin’ good?

  • I check shipping shows $15 in Melbourne

    • Thats shouldn't be right. Within 60kms of Store is Private delivery should be Free Delivery over $50 even if you are buying 20kg of Turmeric.

    • +1

      I got through instantly on this: (03) 9782 8611
      They said Whatsapp support is even faster on: 0470 205 469

    • +6

      There are organic options available from this shop, I chose cheapest examples as most Ozbargainers want the cheapest for comparable goods. In regards to quality, India is a spice nation, Turkey is well known for producing spices and Australian seem to be high quality and well packaged. The countries of origin are the same as many iHerb alternatives and in fact comes in smaller amounts and nice packaging for a lot cheaper.

        • +8

          You seem to be biased or ill informed. India has had an effective ban on other GM seeds for a considerable time. There is also a Harvard study showing organic food is no more nutritious. I do acknowledge some Organic foods may taste better like bananas, but I've found 99% don't keep as long and are much smaller and more expensive.
          https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/organic-food-no-more-nut...

          • @Levity: FYI - https://www.downtoearth.org.in/static/pdf/Genetically-Modifi... page 7

            Oils: 56 per cent (9/16) of oil samples tested were GM positive.
            • Four out of seven tested canola oil (rapeseed) samples were positive. These
            were imported from Canada (Canola, Jivo) and the UAE (Hudson, Farell).
            • All five samples of cottonseed oil from India were GM positive. The brands
            included Tirupati, Ankur, Ginni and Vimal. The sole sample of crude
            cottonseed oil was also positive.
            • No GM-positive packaged oil sample mentioned GM ingredients on its
            label.
            • Samples of soya bean oil and blended oil (corn and rice bran) that were
            sourced from India were not found to be GM positive.
            Packaged foods: 25 per cent (10/39) of packaged food samples tested GM
            positive.
            • About 50 per cent (10/21) of the imported samples tested were positive.
            These included two ready-to-eat and eight ready-to-cook samples. Most of
            these positive samples were corn based.
            • Nine out of 10 of these brands were imported from the US, including
            Kellogg’s Froot Loops cereal, American Garden popcorn, Mrs. Cubbison’s
            Croutons Toast Bread, Trix Corn Puffs, Mori-Nu tofu, Bugles corn snacks,
            and Karo, American Garden and Aunt Jemima corn-based syrups. The
            remaining brand from Thailand is PromPlus sweet whole kernel corn.
            • The label of two out of 10 GM-positive foods had claimed no use of GM
            ingredients but was found to be positive (Mori-Nu tofu and PromPlus sweet
            whole kernel corn) and the labels of four mentioned use of GM ingredients.
            • No Indian packaged food sample tested was GM positive.
            Infant food: 25 per cent (2/8) samples tested were GM positive.
            • Both positive samples were imported and marketed by the same company
            (Abbott Healthcare Pvt. Ltd). One (Similac Isomil), which is imported from
            the Netherlands, is a lactose-free infant milk-substitute soy infant formula.
            The other (Similac Alimentum), imported from the US, is a hypoallergenic
            infant formula.
            • No positive sample mentioned GM on its label

            • -2

              @Marcx33: Also, have a look at pictures using Kirlian photography Organic vs. conventional foods (maybe not so much spices)..

              • +7

                @Marcx33: If you read the report the vast majority of positive GMO samples were Imported not grown in India.
                You state yourself • No Indian packaged food sample tested was GM positive.
                There are a few, but crosspollination of non GMO crops by GMO would account for those who tested positive. Given the import and growing of them is still illegal I'd say we have much less than Australia which most of the positive samples are ACTUALLY from.

              • +1

                @Marcx33: Kirlian photography?

                Really?

                That has been utterly debunked.

    • +2

      One reason to get organic over non- is the amount of heavy metals in things like turmeric.

  • +3

    I usually go to my nearest large asian grocery but lockdown puts that out of range.

    Bookmarked them for future use.

    • Yeah I stocked up for the family, seems even cheaper than my Asian grocery.

  • +6

    Did someone say KFC?

  • +5

    I love this post title, a+

  • +4

    Wish someone would sell the 11 already mixed together!

    • +23

      they do.. and go even a step further.. coat the chicken with their mix.. fry it.. and sell to all.. its called KFC :)

      • I have seen a Chinese Cola Chicken Recipe that has KFC as an Ingredient :)

    • +1

      I heard Marion Kay 99X is the original recipe. But think the big thing is the pressure fryer.
      https://marionkay.com/product/chicken-seasoning-99-x/

      • +1

        MSG is the first ingredient!

        • And yet they still claim it is “pure spice”.

          Not sure I’d trust anything they sell!

      • WHERE CAN I GET THAT IN OZ?

  • +6

    Do yourself a favor and buy your spices whole from one of the many Aussie spice retailers - 2Brothers, NutsAboutLife, AussieSpices - and grind your own mixes, fresh. The whole spices are much higher quality than the pre-packaged/branded bags, from experience.
    Bonus points for roasting the whole spices lightly first.
    Whole different level of flavour! (similar to the difference between freshly ground coffee, and pre-ground)

    • Yogie is an option sold here for unground whole Australian Spices. I think most people would prefer pre-ground for convenience.

      • +1

        If you are making DIY KFC fried chicken, or rubbing spices for smoked meats, I'm sure that pre-ground will be fine.

        However for most all other types of cooking where quality and freshness is important … that's a very different story.

      • +1

        I think you'll find Yogie is packed I Australia but from imported ingredients.

        • https://velspices.com.au/product/yogie-coriander-seeds-500g/

          A packet of pasta that is labelled 'Product of Australia' means that the pasta was made from scratch in Australia using only Australian ingredients. A pack of mixed nuts that is labelled 'Packed in Australia from at least 20% Australian ingredients' means that, at a minimum, 20% of the nuts are Australian grown.

          • @Levity: Ok so their coriander is an exception to the rule assuming it actually is Australian. Most Yogie ones are from overseas which is contrary to your claim about Yogie being Australian made.

  • +2

    site is ozbargained.

    • Called their IT, they are letting webdev know to scale the site.

  • +1

    $40 Delivery to Melbourne metro (for $50 and above items in cart, no bulky item at all) no deal for me

    • Thats shouldn't be right. Within 60kms of Store is Private delivery should be Free Delivery over $50 even if you are buying 20kg of Turmeric.

      • +2

        I did, no reply from them sent a message too. Way too war to travel

        • I got through instantly on this: (03) 9782 8611
          They said Whatsapp support is even faster on: 0470 205 469

      • What about shipping to regional Victoria? Wanna stock up on Indian spices. 😅

        • That is done through Australia Post $19 for up to 6kg

  • -1

    Amazon sells indian branded spices cheap too. big bags.

  • +2

    Downright delightful post

  • +3

    Shipping kills it.

    • Even if you get 1kg of spices lets say Chilli 1kg for $6.65 vs $45.23 its still $30 cheaper than iHerb when you factor in $9.15 shipping vs iHerb shipping.

      • +1

        Why would I get chilli from iHerb? My local grocer sells for $9. Amazon similar.

        • Sure it would still end up being cheaper than your local grocer if you bought $50 of spices etc

          • +1

            @Levity: Not for me.
            Shipping kills it.
            Works our dearer for multiples too after shipping costs.

  • Are you SURE they're the ACTUAL 11 KFC herbs and spices? ???

    • +4

      Its a joke as I had 11 examples of herbs and spices and couldn't be bothered comparing further with iHerb, I think I got all of these 11 are at least used in KFC today in different items.
      Claudia, Colonel Sander's sister had these 11 in a scrapbook, feel free to buy these and follow her recipe.
      https://www.chicagotribune.com/travel/ct-kfc-recipe-revealed...
      Pepper, Thyme, Basil, Oregano, Celery Salt, Black Pepper, Dried Mustard, Paprika, Garlic Salt and Ground Ginger are the Original 11

      • Oooh nice! I just went down a KFC rabbit hole via that link!

  • Great work

  • +2

    Cheaper shipping would help, otherwise deal loses the relevance.

  • +2

    Vel spice is the best - the local one has a nice Indian restaurant connected to it too.

    • Yeah I saw that when I called in

    • Best food and really cheap

  • Great work. The way this deal is laid out is tempting enough to buy, but I'll avoid as I still have a many unopened spice packets from the last time I went to an Indian grocer.

  • +1

    Their website is very slow and crashing most of the time…:(

    • +1

      My bad Ozbargained atm, I've let IT know they have let the web dev know to increase server capacity.

  • +1

    Worth noting about the Cinnamon : Its a bit weaker compared to the usual Woolies (and maybe coles) stuff. So I usually do a 1.25 - 1.5 the usual amount especially for Pho and Indian dishes.

    I also like Indian chili powder called Kashmir Chili its more like a combo of Paprika and Cayenne.

    • Yeah I saw they sell Kashmir Chili too, useful to know I thought it was from the region.

  • +4

    So their free delivery for $50 is only within 20km. You need to order about $150 for free delivery within 50km. Still not bad if you live near Carrum Downs, but for those not in the south, not so great.

    DISTANCE FROM PICKUP LOCATION MINIMUM ORDER VALUE SHIPPING PRICE
    0km – 20km $50 Free
    21km – 30km $100 Free
    31km – 50km $150 Free
    51km – 60km $250 Free

    • Thanks I will add that to the post

    • +2

      That’s bad. We live 400kms away and guess how much we have to spend to get free delivery 😅😅😅🤷🏻‍♂️

      • 1 million dollars to buy a house.

  • +1

    Note a lot of spices are from India - Google use of pesticides in India before you buy.

    • -2

      I read this reports I can see mostly benefits:
      The primary benefits are the consequences of the pesticides' effects – the direct gains expected from their use. For example the effect of killing caterpillars feeding on the crop brings the primary benefit of higher yields and better quality of cabbage. The three main effects result in 26 primary benefits ranging from protection of recreational turf to saved human lives.

      I saw most of the downsides applied to Indians:
      No segment of the population is completely protected against exposure to pesticides and the potentially serious health effects, though a disproportionate burden, is shouldered by the people of developing countries and by high risk groups in each country (WHO, 1990). The world-wide deaths and chronic diseases due to pesticide poisoning number about 1 million per year (Environews Forum, 1999).
      The high risk groups exposed to pesticides include production workers, formulators, sprayers, mixers, loaders and agricultural farm workers. During manufacture and formulation, the possibility of hazards may be higher because the processes involved are not risk free. In industrial settings, workers are at increased risk since they handle various toxic chemicals including pesticides, raw materials, toxic solvents and inert carriers.

  • +1

    For locals they also have a restaurant there…. Amazing food at cheap prices

    • +1

      I second this!

  • Thanks op, are you associated?

    • +2

      No, I found them today after Pandaman suggested Asian Groceries and I started googling for the cheapest place for cumin and this was by far the cheapest. I saw it was Indian cumin and they had other herbs and spices which were all far cheaper than iHerb.

  • Are these everyday prices from this store or a sale? Cannot check as site just got OzB’d

    • Everyday prices, I thought it warranted a bargain as still 30% cheaper than other Indian importers I checked. Site is loading fine for me.

  • +4

    I am within walking distance from them.
    They also have a restaurant with all you can eat indian food buffet for around $18 next to them (on weekends and when covid says yes)

    Family owned and friendly service.

    Bookmark and come back when the site is back up, worth it.

  • Do you guys all run restaurants or food manufacturing businesses of some descript?

    How long does this stuff last in the cupboard, maybe "spices" are different but I've thrown out a lot of dried herbs in my lifetime, they seem to lose all there smell after a few years

    • +1

      a few years? lol

    • +1

      Ground, or powdered, spices typically have a shelf life of 2–3 years. If stored properly, whole spices can last up to 4 years. You can buy in smaller amounts, I personally use 50g of cumin every time I eat lamb or beef.

  • +1

    I went on search of the KFC Secret 11 spices and herbs at the cheapest price and landed at Velspice which seems to import Indian, Turkish and Australian Spices for ridiculously cheap.

    Velspice imports from Australia? Interesting :)

    • -1

      Yeah for the Coriander seeds I suspect they can't import. They are product of Australia.

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