Wednesday, January 28, 2015

RawSpiceBar January 2015 The Spice Route: Native American + Coupon Code

RawSpiceBar just released their January 2015 box! This is their very first box and I'm excited to tell you about it.  RawSpiceBar sends you the freshest, most unique spices from around the world.  As someone who loves to cook, this sounds wonderful.  Even better?  The price is completely reasonable.  The spices arrived in a packing envelope.  Inside was this super cute pouch with all the spices and recipes in it.
This month has four spice blends and three recipes along with an information card detailing the the origins of the spices and the Chef behind the blends and recipes.  
I already made one of the recipes and it was very easy.  The spice packet I opened for the recipe filled my entire kitchen with the mouthwatering scent of freshly roasted and ground herbs. 
Thankfully, the spice packets are resealable because it's a lot of spice for just the two of us.

The Cost: $18 for 3 months of deliveries. Non-recurring. Ships to USA and Canada.

What You Get: Receive 3-4 hand-picked, small batch, freshly ground spice blends.  Each monthly spice box contains 2-3 ounces of spice blends, creating three dishes for serving 8-10. You will also receive kitchen-tested, detailed recipes and ideas for each spice blend you receive as well as a background on our monthly chef and spice blends every month.
For $6 a month you can receive hand selected spices of the highest quality, most flavorful spices available. The spices are sourced globally and are fair trade and organic as often as possible. Not to mention the fact that they are ground and blended days before they are shipped to you for the best possible flavor.
Sumac & Herbs- I'm starting with this packet because it's the first one I used.  The recipe attending the spice packet is for Sumac Flatbread.  I forgot that these recipes were for 8-10 people when I whipped this up.  Luckily, I only used half the amount of spice because the recipe incorporates half the amount into the dough and half to be sprinkled on top or used in olive oil.  So I still have some of this wonderful spice blend left.
It is a combination of Mexican Oregano, sage, rosemary, garlic, sumac, fennel, black peppercorns and cinnamon.  It is so unbelievably fragrant.  My mouth actually started watering when I opened the packet.
In the flatbread, it was absolute heaven.  Heaven, people! It made me immediately want to toss out every spice in my cupboard.  The difference that a freshly ground and toasted spice makes is absolutely undeniable.  And while I might not use this for flatbread again, I will definitely be using it.  I just have to decide how I want to incorporate it into dinner. 
Juniper Berries Blend-  The recipes for this is Poached Apples and Juniper Berries.  I'm not a big fan of poached apples (texture!) but I may use this as the spices in my favorite apple crisp recipe. It's a great combination of cinnamon, cloves, star anise, allspice, juniper berries and orange peel.  It smells so amazing.
Posole Spices- This has toasted cumin, coriander and Mexican oregano and can be used in sauces, salsas, rubs, stews or anything else that needs a savory, earthy flavor.  I'm going to make the Navajo Posole Rojo recipe that is included.  I just need to get some pork shoulder.  The spice combination is definitely going to be the perfect flavor for it.

Ground Chiles- These chilies also go in the Navajo Posole.  It's a blend of red chilies including New Mexican, Ancho, Guajillo and Arbol that creates a medium hot, complex, smoky flavor.  Mmm!  Im not a fan of the super hot chilis but these smell so good.  I love that smoky hint so much.  And this blend smells way better than my boring, regular chili powder.

VERDICT:  I am so impressed by the quality of these spices by RawSpiceBar.  The freshly ground and toasted form is night and day from what I have in the cupboard already.  So incredibly flavorful and delicious.  RawSpiceBar also has a wonderful website with all the information about the spices, the chef and the recipes available to all each month.  This is great for people like me who are so messy and completely destroy recipe cards.  I would like to see a heavier cardstock for the recipes but since they're also online it makes it easier.
I love the resealable packaging but for some reason I could not get mine to reseal at all.  I think it's because the zip was full of spice.  They really don't plan for you to keep your spices around.  You're suppose to use them! And you'll be getting more every month anyway. :D

Subscriptions are sold in 3 month increments.  Three months is $18 and I'll be honest and say I think that $6 for the spices and recipes is ABSOLUTELY worth it.  This batch was sent to me to help get the word out about the new subscription but I'll be subscribing myself, that's how much I liked it.

If you would like to subscribe to RawSpiceBar and get your own spices, you can sign up here on their website.  Use couponcode ilovespices to get your first month free! That's a $6 savings!
Their website is gorgeous so browse around, check the FAQs and look at the recipes while you're on there.

*This box was sent to me complimentary for review purposes.  No compensation was received for this post and all opinions are definitely mine.


  1. This is right up my alley! I think I'll give it a try for a few months too. Sumac is one of my favorite seasonings so I was already drooling by the first description, lol.

    1. I didn't even know you could *eat* sumac. But those spices in the flatbread was insanely delicious.