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Dec 6, 2013 10:57 PM

Pre measured seasoning packets (McCormick)

Are these spice packets (designed for one meal) with recipe on back of package, as good as web reviews I've read say? I have a large collection of herbs & spices, & have always enjoyed being creative with my cooking. But if I'm missing out on something here, I'll give it a whirl. If these are out there for inexperienced cooks or people who have busy lives they wouldn't be for me. I'm not a newbie in the kitchen and I have all the time in the world to prepare meals. I was wondering if the pre-measured spice combinations & recipes are outstanding.

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  1. Are these the ones in blister packs, with a recipe using those particular spices on the back? Overpackaged and overpriced, IMHO. Maybe if you were in a strange kitchen and planned to only cook one meal - but if you have a collection of herbs and spices already those are a lot more cost effective. With these packets, you're paying for the packaging and the so-called convenience of having someone open the jars and spoon out the spices.

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    1. re: tardigrade

      you are also paying for the benefit of having NO waste (therefore although the unit cost may be higher, the actual cost of making the recipe may be lower)

      also, most of the spices that we all have hanging around in our pantries get old and are degraded by the time we use them. presumably, if distributed correctly, these spice packets would allow you to used much fresher spices.

      (i once did a side by side taste test of fresh spices (turmeric, cayenne, red pepper flakes, cumin) with the same brand that had been sitting in my pantry for a year.
      the difference in the intensity and quality of flavor was tremendous.
      that said, i didn't try the spice packs so i really can't recommend them or disparage them. i would imagine the rate of turnover in the store from which you purchase them would be a deciding factor.
      after all, you can get old spices from your own pantry)

    2. I've never tried them, but I've seen them. I assumed they were for people who aren't very handy in the kitchen, and possibly don't season their food at all, let alone season it well.

      Perhaps these packets have such rave reviews because the people who use them are those who wouldn't otherwise think to use combinations of spices and herbs in their cooking.

      I don't know, I just can't imagine you wouldn't be able to replicate exactly what's in the package with your own collection, unless they also contain MSG or other flavor enhancers.

      1. Thanks, Everything you said is what I had running through my head. You've reassured me, so I will continue walking past these packages when I'm grocery shopping.

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        1. re: i_am_Lois

          Excellent decision, Lois. Those blister packs are convenient for all the reasons listed above, but you'd actually just be doubling up and paying a whole lot to do that. It's a marketing ploy, but it's an interesting twist. Usually, "they" put out a product-driven item (consider the Green Bean casserole), but now "they've" come up with a twist: not just product, but, but a product ENHANCER.
          Oy Vay. Last thing in the world spend my own cash on!! But oh so clever on their behalf, and if it makes someone experiment more than they ordinarily do, which is nothing but a Good Thing, :)

        2. I have one sitting in my pantry to try -- I think it's a pretty brilliant way or someone to try a dish they wouldn't ordinarily try -- buying an entire jar of a spice to use 1/4 teaspoon gets expensive, especially if you find you don't like the dish!

          For camping or a vacation home, they're spectacular -- buy or pack that, instead of a dozen individual jars.

          I'd forgotten I had it...I'll have to get it out and try it.

          1. I got a variety when they were on sale. I've taken them to cook dinner at an unfamiliar kitchen and they're quite tasty. The reaction here seems to be to turn up one's nose at them but I'm not sure why. There's a recipe. The spices are included. You buy the rest of the protein/veggies/whatever and have at it. I keep a list of the spices I have in my cabinet (cuz I'm cool like that) on my phone but I still gave them a shot. Them make a perfectly good meal.

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            1. re: Hobbert

              I did the same last summer-they were more than half price. I brought them to our summer rental and it's was great. I usef the rosemary chicken one, and some kind of chicken paprika one as well as one for fish.

              Yes expensive on per piece/weight basis but as some else noted a lot less expensive that buying multiple jars.