Grocery Hunt: Revisiting the spice rack

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Hello and welcome to the Grocery Hunt, Manchester Ink Link’s look at prices of grocery items at Manchester supermarket chains. This week takes a look spices requested by our readers last year and how the prices have changed.

All items are requested by the readers of Manchester Ink Link, either recently or in past columns with comparisons on how the prices have changed.

All prices in this week’s column were obtained on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m to 11 a.m. When direct comparisons are not available, comparisons per comparable units of measurement will be used. Prices and availability may change without notice.

The comparisons also are adjusted for costs per pound or costs per quart, which was not the case last year.

This column only obtains prices from supermarkets as items requested by readers are either unlikely to be available or unlikely to be available in a form that can make comparisons feasible at specialty shops, wholesalers, price clubs or other food stores.

However, readers are welcome to submit prices of items from other stores as well as questions or comments regarding the column to

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Morton’s salt (cost per lb.)

Walmart – $0.47 (last year – $1.35)

Market Basket – $0.49 (n/a)

Hannaford – $0.83 (last year – $1.38)

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Ginger (cost per lb.)

Walmart – $39.70 (last year – $40.86)

Hannaford – $50.11 (last year – $54.48)

Market Basket – $59.02 (last year – $59.02)

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Peppermint (cost per quart)

Hannaford – $35.04 (last year – $76.48)

Walmart – $77.44 (last year – $62.88)

Market Basket – $80.00 (last year – $80.00)

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Thyme (cost per lb.)

Hannaford – $48.93 (last year – $109.96)

Market Basket – $86.26 (last year – $77.18)

Walmart – $127.52 (last year – $40.86)

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Paprika (cost per lb.)

Walmart – $6.40 (last year – $32.18)

Market Basket – $12.06 (last year – $22.43)

Hannaford – $35.09 (last year – $14.55)


A list of previous Grocery Hunt 2.0 columns from 2022 can be found below

A list of the first phase of 2022’s Grocery Hunts can be found here. 

For 2021’s Grocery Hunts, click here.

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Andrew Sylvia

Assistant EditorManchester Ink Link

Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.