Raw Spice Bar is a subscription box where you receive 3 different spice blends every month. The spices are centered around a monthly theme and they try to bring you the most authentic spice blends used around the world to create dishes you otherwise wouldn’t have tried. All the spices are ground just days before being shipped out.
Subscription Box: Raw Spice Bar
Cost: $6 / month
Shipping: FREE to US. Check the Raw Spice Bar site for international rates.
What you get: each month you receive freshly ground spices to make 3 uniquely flavourful dishes serving 6-10
The theme for August 2015 was The Baltimore Spice Box RawspiceBar included their take on the classic flavors of the Chesapeake – complete with the brightness of paprika, herby tang of celery seed, and slow burn of cayenne.
Baltimore Bay Spices – Grilled Shrimp With Chesapeake Bay Spices Garlic and Lemon
Baltimore Bay Spices are traditionally used when steaming hard-shell crabs, this spice blend goes on seafood, french fries, potato salad, popcorn and really anything else you can think up. RawSpiceBar suggests trying it on deviled eggs, hummus and summer corn. We received the Grilled Shrimp recipe which looks amazing but they also have a Baltimore Crab Cake recipe on their website that looks pretty good.
Vert Pickling Spice – Pickled Zucchinis
The Vert Pickling Spice is a classic pickling spice that merges classic dill seed and black peppercorn with red pepper flakes for heat plus mustard seeds and coriander for warmth. RawSpiceBar suggests trying this blend with green vegetables like zucchini, cucumbers, brussel sprouts and green beans. The zucchini recipe will take about 3 weeks to pickle, I’m not sure if other vegetables would take longer. I’ve never made my own pickles before this recipe intrigues me.
Power Spice Blend – Detox Green Smoothie
The Power Spice Blend that was included in the August box is a round up of spices includes those with the most studied health benefits RawSpiceBar has included these power spices to add to your favorite green smoothie. Included in the spice mix are Turmeric, ginger, black peppercorns, cinnamon, maca and cayenne pepper and each spice has amazing health benefits.
Turmeric – is a well known anti-inflammatory spice it’s recently been found that turmeric has “antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Ginger – Ginger has been used as a traditional medicine to treat stomach upset, headaches, and infections.
Black Peppercorns – Black peppercorns are also known to have antibacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Cinnamon – cinnamon has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease swelling.
Maca – Maca is known for increasing stamina and has many nutrients in it including vitamin B, vitamins C, and E
Cayenne Pepper – cayenne pepper can help speed up metabolism and suppress appetite.
Some of these spices are pretty strong I’d add just a little at a time to the smoothie so it’s not too overpowering.
If you are thinking about subscribing to RawSpiceBar I personally think it’s well worth the $6/ month price. The spices are always fresh, fragrant and the dish suggestions are very helpful. The holidays are coming up and this would definitely make a great gift
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