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Aji Amarillo Chile Pepper$5.00 – $20.50
Popular in Peruvian & Bolivian cooking. Add to rice before cooking. Mix with minced red onion & vinegar as condiment. Add to root veggies, salsa, stews, seafood dishes & sauces. Rehydrate whole dried peppers in boiling water (~ 20 min) to make paste.
Axiote$6.75 – $20.50
The Annatto tree is often referred to as the Lipstick Tree as it is used to color many cosmetics including lipstick. Native to the rain forests of the Yucatan and Belize, the spice is known throughout Central America by its Nahuatl name, Axiote. Blended with other spices and herbs, and ground into a paste, axiote is a mainstay of Yucatecan cuisine, and is used to season primarily chicken, but is also used on fish, lobster, and pork (achiote paste is marketed throughout Central America as “recado rojo”). In India, Hindu women use it to make the mark on their foreheads.
With a distinctive mildly bitter, earthy flavor, the annatto seed is most commonly used in Western culture as a food coloring for cheese, margarine, butter, rice, and smoked fish. We use it as a primary ingredient for our Belizean-inspired Axiote rub for chicken and fish.
Axiote Blend$7.00 – $21.00
Highlighting the flavor of the Annatto Seed with Guajillo and Chipotle Chiles, this authentic blend brings the flavors of the Maya rain forests to your table.
Rub with lime on fish, chicken & beef. Marinate with paste: 2-3T Axiote & 2T cider vinegar (or sour orange, Meyer lemon juice or lime juice), and a splash of olive oil.
Belizean Jerk$7.00 – $21.00
A Belizean blend, merging the Caribbean favors from Allspice and Cinnamon with just the right amount of heat from Habanero Peppers. Jerk refers to the seasoning as well as the cooking style — rubbing the hot dry spices on protein and then grilling. A spicy Caribbean dry rub for chicken, pork, shrimp, salt fish, or tofu.
Black Bart$7.00 – $21.00
A surprisingly sophisticated steak rub. Named after the notorious Gold Country stage coach robber turned San Francisco socialite, this blend of Black Salt, Pepper & Dill provides a simple clean flavor that works for a BBQ as well as the boardroom. Use as a dry-rub on steaks, chops, chicken, or full-flavored fish like salmon.
Bo Kaap Curry$8.00 – $24.00
Mild aromatic curry from South Africa for fish, chicken and veggies. Named after an area of Cape Town, Bo-Kaap Curry dishes are generally made using fresh vegetables, fish or meat. Not as hot as traditional Indian curries, the rich and full body flavor of Bo-Kaap Curry is enhanced by fresh flavorful ingredients. Serve with rice.
Bonnes Herbes de Paris$6.50 – $19.50
From the capitol of France, these “Bonnes Herbes de Paris” are an aromatic, satisfying blend of French herbs, popular in the central and northern regions of France. Based on the herbal flavors of Tarragon and Basil, and highlighted with aromatic chives, this highly versatile blend can be added to egg, meat and vegetable dishes, as well as used as a finishing spice, or a dry rub for chicken, fish or vegetables. Perfect for roasted game hens or egg dishes. To make a simple balsalmic vinnaigrette, mix 2T Bonnes Herbes with 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar & 1/3 cup of olive oil.
Brining Kit ~ DIY$16.00
Brining is a simple process for lean meats, like poultry, pork and shrimp, to make them juicier and more flavorful.
Brining involves two processes: (1) salt dissolves proteins in the meat, allowing the fibers to relax and soften, and (2) muscle fibers absorb liquid (mostly water), plumping and softening the meat. Make sure that your meat has not been brined before you buy it (e.g. “extra tender” pork and most turkey breast roasts are pre-brined with salt or sodium phosphate).
The spices in this brown bag kit are intended to make 2 gallons of brining solution, enough for a 12-14 pound turkey or two whole chickens. A very large turkey may need up to three gallons; additional brining spices can be purchased at Local Spicery.
What You Need: This kit includes a large pouch of sea salt, a pouch of brining spices, a brining bag large enough for a 24-lb turkey, and a zip-tie closure for the bag. You will need a large stock pot (at least 8-quart) and a way to chill your meat for up to 24 hours — a 5-gallon bucket to put in your refrigerator or a large ice chest with ice to pack around the meat.
The Brining Brown Bags come in two flavor profiles:
French Herbs: Saturates your meat with the flavors of Tarragon, Basil, Dill, and Orange Peel for an authentic French country flavor;
Chetumal: Delivers a spicy, Yucatecan flavor through Paprika, Chiles, and Mexican Oregano.
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing$7.00 – $21.00
This dressing has become so popular in bottles, many of us have forgotten the simple, low-fat taste of freshly made ranch dressing. Our blend, highlighting the fresh flavors of bell pepper and cracked black pepper will bring you back to a simpler time. Blend 3/4t of spice blend with 1T of water; let sit for five minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup buttermilk and 1/4 cup nonfat yogurt (use mayo for a more traditional flavor). Use as a salad dressing or dip for fresh vegetables. Keeps up to one week in the refrigerator.
Calabrian Chile Pepper$6.00 – $22.50
Fiery hot, yet bright, sweet, and with a flavor reminiscent of San Marzano tomatoes, this bewitching chile hits you with an immediate blast of fire, disipating in seconds and beckoning for you to take another bite. Perfect on top of pizza or pastas, or use as a general source of heat in your kitchen.
Chermoula$8.00 – $24.00
Chermoula is used as a marinade or sauce for Moroccan tagines of fish, vegetables, or meats. With its spicy, tangy flavor, substituting Chermoula for pesto or chimichurri on any dish delivers a signature Mediterranean flavor. Mix 1½T spice blend w/1-2 C chopped herbs (cilantro, parsley, mint), 3-4 cloves minced garlic, & 2-3T olive oil for traditional marinade. Retain a few dollops to top dish.