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Jul 22, 2008 05:04 AM

The Best Seasoning Ever - But, I don't know what it is!

I made steaks last night with a Chicago steak seasoning blend that I got from the grocery store a while ago. One of the ingredients in it was so tasty, but I don't know what it is. Its small and round (like a peppercorn, but smaller), and its light-tan colored. It tasted like the best sesame seed ever and was packed with flavor that comes out when you bite into it. I can't determine anything from the ingredients list, its so generic (salt, spices, dehydrated vegetables, etc.). I want to buy more and cook with it.

Anyone have an idea what it may be? Thank you!

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  1. According to penzey's website the ingredients they use are salt, hickory smoke, Tellicherry black pepper, sugar, onion, garlic, lemon zest and citric acid.

    1. It is one of the "pickle"blend seeds,been a long time since I pickled anything so the
      guess is some member of the mustard family.It is a big group,good luck.

      1. sounds like it might be a mustard seed

        1. Or it could be coriander seeds.

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          1. re: janniecooks

            If it is smaller than a peppercorn I doubt if it would be coriander. My guess would also be that she tasted yellow mustard seed.

            Coriander seed has a distinct citrus/lemony taste.

          2. It sounds like a coriander seed. They're my favorite seasonings. The flavor goes so well with meats. Did it look like this?


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            1. re: fallingup

              I recognize those coriander seeds from the blend, but I don't think they're it. I just had a few and they didn't taste the way the other one did.

              If it helps, the ingredients are: Salt, spices, dehydrated vegetables (garlic, onion), paprika, canola oil, sugar, monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed soy, corn & wheat protein (hydrogenated cottonseed & soybean oil), torula yeast.

              I googled image searched for mustard seeds, and I think the mix has them too. I just tried a handful, and it didn't taste the same.

              1. re: sarahinthecity

                I hope you figure it out, and then pitch that seasoning mix and make up your own (or buy a better quality one). That ingredient list has about five things I'd never use on it!

                  1. re: sarahinthecity

                    Can you take a picture and post it for us?

                    1. re: JasmineG

                      I would, but I don't know which one it is now, I thought it was the small tan ones, but they don't taste right. All the pieces look similar, so I don't even know which is the right one until I eat it.

                      On a funny note, I've been sitting here all night trying one spice at a time. I look pretty ridiculous :-).

                      1. re: sarahinthecity

                        No you don't.Something that may be worth the effort.

                        ?if a tsp or two would represent "the blend" Try warming it in a pan dry or maybe with minimum ?oil,then give a taste.So many
                        herb/seeds change aroma and taste profile with every change
                        of temperature and so on.Good luck
                        Enjoy your veggies