Monday, May 25, 2015

RawSpiceBar Peruvian Andes May 2015 Spice Box Review

RawSpiceBar sends packets of freshly toasted and ground spices to your door each month. Your envelope will also include recipes for each spice blend and a little historical information about the area the spices are from.
This month the spice blends are a twist on the La Sierra cuisine of the Andes in Peru. Some of the most famous Peruvian spices are included. Smoked paprika, aji amarillo and pink peppercorns highlight the three dishes recommended for you to prepare.

The Cost: $6/month (in 3 month increments)

What You Get: Each month, you will be sent 3-4 spice blends which are enough to create 3 separate dishes serving 8-12 people. The spice blends will weigh between 1-3 ounces each month. You will also receive recipe cards using the blends and access online to other recipe options.

Pink Peppercorn Blend- This blend is just pink peppercorns and pink Himalayan sea salt. Pink peppercorns have a distinct flavor. A peppery bit with a slightly sweet, fruity flavor. The recipe included for this blend is actually a dessert!
Peruvian Spice Rub- This is made with smoked paprika, ancho chiles, cumin, ground black pepper and mexican oregano. The recipe is for Peruvian Spiced Roasted Chicken and is the one I'm making first. The spices are combined with lime juice, olive oil, salt and garlic then spooned underneath and on top of the chicken skin. Yum!
Aji Amarillo Spices- The Aji Amarille chile is bright orange and full bodied. Along with the aji amarillo this spice blend has coriander, basil, mustard seed, cumin and black pepper. It's good with rice but I'm using it with potatoes.  To go with the chicken. It's gonna be a spicy meal.

VERDICT: I like RawSpiceBar for the interesting recipes they tend to include along with their spices. I think I was initially expecting there to be more of the spices than there is but I'm not sure if I would actually use more than what's included to begin with. There's enough to cook for ten people and I do tend to have some leftovers depending on the dish but when I had initially discovered RawSpiceBar, the indication was that there would be 2-3oz of spices included.  This has been updating to say 1-3oz and I would say it's usually right around two.

I still think RawSpiceBar is awesome for getting you out of a cooking rut and forcing you to explore new options and spices, cooking styles and dishes. I know it's worked for me and we've really enjoyed many of the recipes that have been included. For $6 a month its worth it, I think. Sure, you could buy a whole bottle of spice for that but this way you get three kinds of spices and they don't sit and go old before you can use the whole jar.  It's pretty perfect.

If you want to sign up for RawSpiceBar, you can do that here. If you get a six month subscription, try using code ilovespices to get a free box added to your subscription. I'm not sure of the expire date but it's worth a try.

*This box was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are opinionatedly mine.


  1. The contents of this box always look really interesting. I still haven't subscribed but it's on my wishlist... even though you don't get a huge quantity, it seems worth it just for the discovery aspect.

    1. Agreed. I just wish there was a way to purchase more if you like the blend. There's been three blends where I absolutely would have bought full size bottles.