Subscription Service Review! Raw Spice Bar (Quarterly Subscription)

Welcome back to my spot, or if you’ve never been before, then welcome!

Today I’ll be reviewing a subscription service that I’ve written about before, Raw Spice Bar. You can read up on the monthly version of their subscription that we’ve received here and here. (In the second link, you can see the side-by-side difference in packet size and appearance) The difference between those reviews and today’s review is that today, I’ll be reviewing their quarterly subscription rather than monthly.

How this came about is that Raw Spice Bar sent me an email offer to try out their quarterly subscription for $12 (it’s typically $26) so I signed up for the first run-through of it and then changed my subscription back to monthly, because I’m just not ready to spend $30 on a spice subscription. I’m just not working with that big of a kitchen and so therefore, cannot be about that life yet!

So with the quarterly subscription, you’ll get 6 freshly ground, seasonal spices and blends every 3 months. Each packet contains around 1.1 oz of spice, vs the .3 oz that you have in every packet from the monthly subscription. Another thing about the packets themselves is that with the monthly subscription, you receive single-use, non-resealable packets, while the quarterly subscription gives you large, resealable, wax paper envelopes so that you don’t have to worry about moisture getting in after you’ve opened one and haven’t used all of it!

For example, we received a packet of hickory smoked sea salt that we used for three different purposes (seasoning steaks, adding to mashed potatoes and on avocado) before it was gone, and until we finished it, there was a poor, folded over little sky-blue paper packet in my kitchen that I was constantly nervous about spilling out everywhere or soaking up moisture from the air and turning into a chunk of hickory smoked salt. One last difference I noticed in the differently-sized envelopes is that whereas you could smell the spices pretty clearly through the small ones, you can hardly smell anything at all through the bigger ones (a good thing, in my opinion).

Here we go, on to the individual spice reviews!

First out of the package is a red-labeled envelope containing 1.1 oz of “Unpumpkin Pie Spice“. The ingredient list is as follows: “Ginger, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, black peppercorns, star anise“. Star anise sounds somewhat exotic, but it seems to be a favorite ingredient of theirs in many blends.

At this juncture, I’ll point out another difference between the subscriptions. Our monthly subscription came with cards (usually four) with recipe suggestions for the ingredients they sent. In the quarterly, I received some odd, pointless-seeming ones with self-promotion, a notice that with my quarterly subscription, I always get 25% off spices I order from their shop, and a list titled, “12 Things That Bring Us Joy”. Yeah, I’m not too sure about these.

Next, also in a redlabeled envelope, is “Kashmir Chiles Tandoori“. It has 1.1 oz of “Kashmiri chiles, Cayenne chiles, turmeric, paprika, coriander, cumin, black peppercorns, green cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, ginger (Yes, it says it twice, this is not a typo. I try to keep all my reviews as accurate as possible so that you have the best viewpoint), garlic, nutmeg, cloves”.

In a light blue label is their “Salt Free Greek Seasoning“. This one only has .75 oz inside and contains “Tellicherry black peppercorns, onion granules, garlic granules, Greek oregano, thyme, dill, rosemary, lemon peel, parsley, cinnamon, nutmeg”.

The “Punjabi Garam Masala” is also in a light blue label. I’m probably the most excited for this one, because although I have no idea what I’ll end up making with it, I’ve heard of garam masala before. This envelope has the usual 1.1 oz of content, including “Toasted coriander, toasted cumin, black peppercorns, cinnamon, fennel, fenugreek, green cardamom, bay leaves, black cardamom, black cumin, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, star anise“.

Second to last, wearing red, is the “Shichimi Togarashi“. Now, I don’t know what that means, so I looked it up. Wikipedia gave me the definition, “Shichimi tōgarashi, a condiment that is a mixture of seven different ingredients that varies by maker”. Specific and helpful! Anyway, here are the ingredients: “Black peppercorns, red chile flakes, garlic, ginger, kelp, white poppy seeds, black sesame seeds, orange zest“. It has 1.1 oz inside.

Last for today, but definitely not least, is the “Freshly Ground Chiles Taco“, also in red. This one has a solid 1.0 oz. I’m excited for this as well; it has ‘Taco’ in the name! The ingredients list for this mixture is, “Toasted New Mexican, Ancho, Guajillo & Arbol chiles, toasted cumin, oregano, toasted coriander, black peppercorns, hot Spanish smoked paprika, cayenne pepper“. Spicy

I’m excited to try out these new additions to my spice rack and I can hardly believe that I have such a big amount! If you decide to try Raw Spice Bar for yourself, or if you already are, leave a comment below and chime in with your thoughts and experiences!

Before you go, check out what’s new in Hazel’s Shop.The holiday season is fast approaching and every purchase (most items are $5 or less!) helps fund a small business and gets us a little closer to our goal of a farm! Even sharing the page on social media helps ^_^

Thanks for Reading!

Heather & Hazel

 

 

 

Subscription Service Review! Raw Spice Bar, September 2017

Hello and welcome back to my little review spot!

Today we got in this month’s delivery from Raw Spice Bar and I’m excited to share it with you. In case you didn’t see my post from last month about it, Raw Spice Bar is a subscription service (we have the monthly subscription for $8, shipping included, though there is also a quarterly option). Included are individual serving amounts of three different spices and/or salts meant to represent one region. It also comes with four different recipes for suggested use of your new ingredients.

Here is what we received:

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Before I even opened the the (thick) envelope, I could detect an intense scent of anise. Not usually my cup of tea, but I was still eager to see what was waiting. After I pulled the packets out, I noticed that they were the same colors as the ones we received last month. I did look up some other reviews of this service and see some different-colored packets, though, so never fear!

First in the picture is the sky blue packet, the “Seaweed & Sesame Gomasio”. Goma means ‘sesame’ and Shio means ‘salt’, so as you can gather now, it’s a sesame (seasoned) salt. This one has no detectable scent through the packet and the ingredients on the packet are: “White Sesame Seeds, Black Sesame Seeds, Sea Salt, Red Chiles, Spices”. The recipe suggestion for this one was ‘Furikake Nori Edamame’. I probably won’t be preparing this one, myself. Ever since Fukushima, (which noone should forget about! It’s still happening!) I don’t eat much from the ocean, and I’ve never been a fan of the taste of seaweed anyway.

Next up, in the red packet, we have the “Turmeric Japanese Curry”, which smells of cumin and clove through the package it’s in. The ingredients list is: ‘Turmeric, Toasted Cumin, Green Cardamom, Black Peppercorns, Cayenne Pepper, Fennel, Clove”. This one came with two recipe suggestions, ‘Japanese Curry Fried Rice’ and ‘Japanese Vegetable Curry’, both of which sound tasty!

Last up is “The Super Mushrooms”, which is in a purple packet, the same as last month’s “The Super Berries”. I’m sensing a purple super-foods theme, here! This envelope has a strong licorice scent coming through. Ingredients are listed as: “Reishi Mushroom (one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used medicinally), Cacao, Star Anise, Rose Anise, Cinnamon, Licorice Root”. HOLY LICORICE. The recipe suggestion for this one is called ‘Reishi Cocoa Latte’. I’m not sure how this one will go over for me either, with all the licorice scent and flavor in a cocoa… but I’ll give it a try!

Overall, I’m not as excited about this month’s as I was last’s. However, I still feel that it’s well worth the price and I’m still looking forward to more from Raw Spice Bar!

Comment below if you got this month’s!

Love,

Heather & Hazel

Gin and Jam Drink Recipe

I like the idea of adding Sprite or 7-Up to fill at the end of this recipe.

Makes one drink

1 oz gin

1 oz jam (any jam will do!)

1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice

Crushed ice

Jam or mason jar that still has its lid

Pour gin, jam, and lime juice into the jam jar. Secure the lid on tightly and shake vigorously for ten seconds.

Add crushed ice and enjoy!

Green Bloody Mary Recipe

In a blender, combine and puree the following ingredients: 6 tomatillos, 2 yellow heirloom tomatoes, 1 dill pickle, 3 garlic cloves, 1 seeded Serrano chile, 1 ounce Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, 1 1/2 tablespoons preserved lemon, juice of half a lime, 3 dashes Tabasco, and 1/2 teaspoon each sugar, salt, and pepper. Salt the rim of a glass with a mixture of equal parts salt, pepper, sugar, and Aleppo pepper. Fill the glass with ice and strain the blended mixture into it.