Despite what you see on the blog, Selma and I don’t make new and exciting dishes every night for dinner. It’s usually the same 4-5 dishes in the rotation every week since our schedules have been so hectic with school and work. While we would love to try new recipes every night, most weeks we have to resort to our quick and easy favorites because, well, they’re quick and easy.
Before the holidays, I received an email from Rebecca over at RawSpiceBar asking if I was interested in reviewing a spice box. My response was an immediate yes! This honestly couldn’t have come at a better time since I’ve been wanting to experiment with different recipes but 1) didn’t have the time to research new dishes, and 2) didn’t want to invest in a bunch of new ingredients that I would only end up using once. In steps RawSpiceBar to solve both of those problems.
RawSpiceBar is a monthly subscription service based out of California that sends unique spice blends from various countries/regions. Every month, they send you three spice packs that includes small batch, freshly ground spice blends from one country or region. Each box is enough to create 3 dishes serving 4-6 people which is great for entertaining friends or enough for multiple dishes if you’re just cooking for yourself. In addition to the spice blends, they also send along 3 recipes that incorporate these spice blends for you to experiment with.
Each spice box (or really envelope) comes in a neat package that contains 1-2 ounces of spice blends.
I received the December Box which includes spice blends from Norway which is perfect for the holiday season! The three blends included with this months box are: Winter Herbs, Gravlax Spices, and Gingerbread Spices. While we definitely want to try out the recipes that RawSpiceBar have included, we’re more interested in using these spices as substitutes for our usual seasoning. And although we haven’t used these in any dishes so far, we can already tell that we’re going to have a lot of fun with these spices.
Winter Herbs – 0.4oz.
This winter blend includes tarragon, sage, white peppercorns, thyme, allspice, black peppercorns, garlic, and marjoram and is perfect for adding flavor for meat or veggie burgers, tofu marinades, and vegetable soups.
Gravlax Spices – 0.4oz.
This Nordic-inspired blend includes caraway seeds white peppercorns, and coriander and works well as a rub for chicken or tofu.
Gingerbread Spices – 0.4oz.
This blend includes ginger, coriander, mace, cardamom, star anise, black peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg and is perfect for gingerbread cookies or even in savory dishes like roasted chicken.
Prices start a $6 per month or $66 per year ($5.50 per month). Considering that spices are usually pretty pricey, this is an economical way to experiment with different combinations before investing in a whole bottle of something you may only use once and let sit in your pantry forever.
Overall First Impressions
I definitely see this as a low-cost way of adding some much needed variety to our weekly routine. My favorite part so far about this subscription box is that they put together combinations and ingredients (some that I’ve never even heard of!) that we wouldn’t normally use in every day cooking. Plus, they seem to send spice blends that fit the season (pun intended!). One potential draw back that I can see people having issues with is re-ordering spices that they enjoy from their box. You could probably recreate the blends yourself using the ingredient list but from a business standpoint I feel they should offer a way to re-order full size versions. In my research, it seems that they may have started doing something along these lines but from their website it’s unclear. But that’s just my two cents.
And with that, stay tuned for the individual reviews of each spice blend!
Disclaimer: This box was provided by RawSpiceBar for reviewing purposes but all thoughts are my own.