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

sarahinthecity Jul 22, 2008 05:04 AM

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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    mkel34 RE: sarahinthecity Jul 22, 2008 05:36 AM

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

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      lcool RE: sarahinthecity Jul 22, 2008 06:02 AM

      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.

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        DGresh RE: sarahinthecity Jul 22, 2008 06:13 AM

        sounds like it might be a mustard seed

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          janniecooks RE: sarahinthecity Jul 22, 2008 06:35 AM

          Or it could be coriander seeds.

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          1. re: janniecooks
            Kelli2006 RE: janniecooks Jul 22, 2008 09:20 AM

            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.

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            fallingup RE: sarahinthecity Jul 22, 2008 07:00 AM

            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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              sarahinthecity RE: fallingup Jul 22, 2008 03:53 PM

              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
                Ruth Lafler RE: sarahinthecity Jul 22, 2008 04:40 PM

                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!

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                  sarahinthecity RE: Ruth Lafler Jul 22, 2008 05:51 PM

                  Yeah, thats my goal.

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                    JasmineG RE: sarahinthecity Jul 22, 2008 05:55 PM

                    Can you take a picture and post it for us?

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                      sarahinthecity RE: JasmineG Jul 22, 2008 06:46 PM

                      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
                        lcool RE: sarahinthecity Jul 23, 2008 05:05 AM

                        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

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                          sarahinthecity RE: lcool Jul 23, 2008 03:44 PM

                          Good idea!

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              jlafler RE: sarahinthecity Jul 22, 2008 07:01 PM

              You might just want to go to a store with a good bulk spice section and look/smell around to see if you can find it.

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