Wednesday, September 28, 2016

RawSpiceBar September 2016 Argentine Spice Box Review and Coupon

RawSpiceBar features spice blends celebrating Argentine cuisine this month. While Argentina is famous for it's barbeque, with it's heavy influx of immigrants from Italy and Spain, there is a melting pot of influences that cover everything from pasta to scones.

There have been a few changes since RawSpiceBar first started. The price is now $8 and while the spices used to weigh in around 2-3 ounces, they are now 1-1.5oz. The packaging has also changed from resealable packets to the current tear top. I definitely prefer the old packaging but the blends are still great.

The Cost: $8/month

What You Get: Three spice pouches, which are enough to create 3 individual dishes serving 4 people. The total amount of spices will typically weigh between 1-1.5 ounces each month. You'll also receive recipes and cultural tips and notes.

Dark Coffee and Chilies- Made with dark roasted coffee beans, ancho chiles, smoked paprika, cumin and... spices. I always wonder why a spice subscription wouldn't just list out all the spices instead of saying "spices".  Side note: Normally I would open all these packets but with a near certainty of moving, they'll pack better unopened.
Chipotle Smoked Salt- Sea salt smoked with chipotle chilies. I've received a lot of smoked salt from RawSpiceBar. I tend to be at a loss with what to do with it because it's so potent. I loved the smoked aspect but I think I don't make anything that really would make it shine. I'll think of something eventually.
Sun Dried Tomato Pizza-  This blend consists of sundried tomatoes, garlic, New Mexico chiles, California chiles, cayenne chiles, black peppercorns, onion, oregano, rosemary, thyme and spices. Looks awfully spicy to me.

VERDICT: This month didn't thrill me but mostly because the recipes included weren't very interesting. Although it looks like you can now personalize your account so you get recipes you'll use. That's pretty nice. The problem is that once again, the spice packets did not even weigh 1oz. Including the packaging they came out to .8oz. I have a hard time wanting to subscribe when they can't even send what they're promising. I do wish, however, that they gave options to purchase more of a particular blend. There have been some excellent ones that I would have happily bought more of but there's currently no way to do that. Sadness!

If you would like to sign up for RawSpiceBar, you can do that here. Use code FRESHSPICES to get 50% off your first month.

*this box was sent complimentary for review purposes. all opinions are mine.

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