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Mar 24, 2014 10:26 AM

Spicely spices

Does anyone use spices from Spicely? I'm trying to cut down on my salt intake (I'm addicted to sel de Camargue) and want to try various spices to flavor my meats, veggies, and fish instead.

There's a Spicely shop near my work and I like that their products are organic. Is there a particular blend that I should try?

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  1. Buy individual spices and make your own mixes.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Great idea but after I bought the 18 ingredients(smallest amount allowed) I ended up with 11/2 pound Ras al Hanout which I will leave in my will for my grandchild to finish.

    2. The lemon pepper and vegetable seasonings are really good! If you're a little more adventurous, the vindaloo and za'atar blends are delicious as well.

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      1. re: melissaraelopez

        Thank you, I will definitely try those. I keep reading about lemon pepper but I've never used it. I've tried za'atar and I do love it, especially on chicken.

        Last night I used a garlic/shallot/onion/sea salt mixture I bought in Vancouver (from Maison Cote at Granville Island and other farmer's markets) and it was amazing on my baked chicken, but it did have salt in it, which I'm trying to cut back on.

        1. re: mugsysf

          Mincing your own fresh garlic, shallots, and onions, grinding pepper fresh from whole peppercorns, and grating fresh lemon zest will give a lot more flavor. The defining characteristic of commercial mixes is that they get stale.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            These mixes come in handy when I'm out of staples at home and just want to throw something in the oven after a long day at work. I met the maker of the salt mixture and he does it by hand and in small batches.

            1. re: mugsysf

              It takes maybe 60 seconds longer to measure small amounts of individual spices into a grinder.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                It takes me longer than 60 seconds to find all the bottles, open them, measure, close them and put them away. Then there is the expense and the fact that some of the many infrequently used items are also getting stale. It may work for you but not for mugsy. Those of us without eidetic taste occasionally need shortcuts.

              2. re: mugsysf

                Yeah, I tried to order some from him on line, but there were a lot of hassles for him because it is over the border.

            2. re: mugsysf

              Good evening I also do a trio with no salt just onion, garlic and shallot as well a pepper version with the same ingredients