The daintiest member of the allium (onion) family, the chive is a wispy herb that offers the flavor of scallions and garlic all rolled into one. Dried chive flakes make for an intriguing building block to other dishes. Add them to any number of spice blends to get a greener, mellower onion flavor as opposed to using onions flakes that can be papery and brusque.
Like many good chicken rubs our 18 Spice Chicken Rub has a bit of sweetness to it from the demerara sugar and cinnamon. When grilling chicken the demerara sugar helps form a nice crust to keep the juices in. Now while there are a variety of chiles we used (ancho, pasilla, de arbol and cayenne) in this blend it only has a very, very mild kick. Finally you’ll note some very gentle hints of licorice from the fennel with some subtle fruitiness from the ancho and cloves.
Black pepper is used as a spice in nearly all the world’s cuisines as a pungent, spicy, heating agent for food due to the presence of capsaicin and piperine. Teasings of citrus and wood also add to black pepper’s allure. Black peppercorns can be used whole in stews, soups, stocks, and pickles.
Nutmeg comes from a very unique tree that actually produces two spices – nutmeg and mace. The scientific name of Nutmeg is Myristica fragrans. The aromatic Nutmeg tree is an evergreen that grows upwards of 66 feet and features fragrant flowers and brownish-yellow edible fruit that are approximately the size of a small peach. Nutmeg is the dried seed of this fruit and the nutmeg seed is surrounded by a bright red, lacy covering called mace (this is also known as mace blades or the aril).
Cayenne pepper is a part of practically every cuisine worldwide and is grown in nearly every country. However, the pepper owes its culinary nomenclature to the city of Cayenne in French Guiana.
After around 100 days of maturation the fruits are picked bright red and allowed to dry and cure either in the sun or in ovens. Once dried the fruits are ground into a powder. The powder is used on its own or often added to various spice blends for its medium-high heat and neutral flavor.
Gray sea salt, otherwise known as Sel Gris, was the backbone of the European salt trade for centuries. Carefully farmed seawater is dehydrated until only mineral-rich brine remains. This brine is further dehydrated into the delicate, winter cloud-colored, chunky salt.
A high moisture content and minerality give this salt a sweet flavor, with hints of wet stone. You’ll find the granules melt quickly on the tongue and crunch apart easily. This finishing salt is perfect for meats right out of the oven or skillet. The salt will maintain some crunch, but much of it will melt apart in a gamey brine that’ll enrich every bite of the meat.
Gray Sea Salt is fantastic as a finishing spice, sprinkled onto salads, vegetables, fish or other meats at the end of cooking.
The most common types of sugar are beet, cane, and palm. However, throughout Southeast Asia – particularly Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines – coconuts have been used as a source for sugar. The sugar is a deep brown color as it is sourced from the dark sap of the coconut tree and flowers, and not the white coconut flesh.
Coconut sugar is by and far one of the healthiest sugars available. It has a lower glycemic index than other sugars. It also boasts a high mineral content with surprising levels of magnesium, zinc, potassium, and B-vitamins.
Coconut sugar can be used as a direct 1-to-1 substitute for white sugar in all recipes. However, the sugar’s brown color will darken the dish considerably.
Garlic is technically a lily and a member of the onion family, and though its white flowers are lovely the tasty bulb is what we care about. Its sweet, savory, sulfur-y flavor is intoxicating.
Granulated garlic is perfect for BBQ. It sticks to the meat and has plenty of texture, but it won’t fall off like flaked or cracked garlic, and it won’t drip off with the juices the way powdered garlic can.
Our Plastic Spice Containers are the perfect containers for storing your spices right in the kitchen, and in easy access for use. These clear, plastic bottles hold up to 8 ounces of your favorite spices and herbs, salts, sugars and dry goods. The top has two flip-lids, one for pour and the other is a shaker. The container is made from PET materials and is FDA certified as food safe.