Raw Spice Bar offers a monthly spice blend subscription kit that will take you on a culinary world adventure without ever leaving your kitchen! Keep reading for my Raw Spice Bar subscription review and see if this monthly kit would be a good fit for you.
When I was first contacted about reviewing one of Raw Spice Bar’s Monthly Kits, I have to admit I was a bit hesitant. Let’s just say I am unadventurous in the kitchen. I tend to make the same family favorites repeatedly and stick to what is tried and true. My spice rack has the basics, but not much else. Although I did get a little rebellious last month and pick up some Herbes de Province to try a new chicken recipe 🙂
At any rate, after I thought about it for awhile, I decided to agree to try Raw Spice Bar. What did I have to lose? If I didn’t like it, I really wasn’t out of anything. So that was my mindset as I opened the package to see what spices awaited me.
Before I go much further in my Raw Spice Bar subscription review though, let’s talk a little bit about what Raw Spice Bar is and what they offer.
About Raw Spice Bar
Raw Spice Bar is a subscription service where each month they send you internationally inspired spice blends and recipe cards to help you to broaden your horizons in the kitchen – just perfect for an unadventurous cook like me!
Unlike grocery store spices that have sat on the shelf for ages and probably lost all their flavor, Raw Spice Bar blends are are freshly ground in small batches. This ensures maximum freshness and flavor when the monthly spice kit arrives at your door.
Their spice packets are free from chemical fillers and additives that you would find in the spice jars at your local grocery store. Each spice and seasoning packet from Raw Spice Bar is organic, vegan, paleo, sugar-free, and gluten-free. So they are a great way to add flavor if you are following a special diet!
What you receive each month with the Raw Spice Bar Subscription:
Each of the monthly spice kits focuses on the flavors of a different country. I received September’s kit to try for this Raw Spice Bar subscription review and the theme was Argentina. (October’s kit is Germany – mmm Schnitzel!)
Each shipment contains 3 spice blend packets that were inspired by the cuisine of that month’s featured country. The spice packet contains just the right amount to make one recipe that will typically serve 3-4 people.
Each monthly flavor kit also contains 3 recipe cards for dishes that you can make using the spice packets. I love that they include these recipe cards because I think most people need some inspiration for using spice blends that are unfamiliar.
You will also receive an informational card that gives you a bit of background on the culinary inspiration for that month’s spices.
One thing I really like is that if you sign up for a subscription, you can take their flavor quiz for recipes personalized to your family’s tastes and diet.
My Raw Spice Bar Subscription review:
As I mentioned before, September’s Raw Spice Bar kit was inspired by the bold flavors of Argentina. The spice box informational card was quite interesting and gave a bit of background on what has influenced traditional cuisine in Argentina.
The spices included in September’s kit were Sun Dried Tomato Pizza Spice Blend, Chipotle Smoked Salt, and Dark Coffee & Chiles Spice Blend. The recipe cards included were for sun dried tomato pizza sauce, coffee-chilli rubbed steaks, and chipotle salt grilled summer vegetables.
My first thought when looking through everything was that I was worried that it was going to be too spicy for my tastes – as nearly everything had some form of pepper in it. (I typically don’t do hot peppers.) I resolved to try the spice blends though with an open mind. I started my Raw Spice Bar review by opening each packet and giving each blend a taste.
Sun Dried Tomato Pizza Spice Blend
My first thought when I opened the sun dried tomato pizza spice blend was how amazing it smelled. It smells exactly like my favorite pizza restaurant! The ingredients in this spice blend are sun dried tomatoes, garlic, New Mexico chiles, California Chiles, cayenne chiles, black peppercorns, onion, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. I gave it a quick taste and definitely recognized the garlic, oregano, and rosemary.
I was worried about it being uber spicy because of the three types of peppers included, but I didn’t need to worry. It has a bit of heat to it, due to the peppers, but nothing that is too overwhelming.
The next time I make pizza, I am definitely mixing this spice blend into my pizza sauce. I can’t wait to taste it! I think this mix would also taste amazing in my favorite meatloaf recipe to give it an added depth of flavor.
Dark Coffee and Chiles Spice Blend
The first thing I noticed when I opened the Dark Coffee and Chiles spice blend was that it smelled heavily of the chiles. I couldn’t really smell the coffee. The ingredients included in this packet are dark roasted coffee beans, ancho chiles, smoked paprika, and cumin.
My first thought upon tasting it was how complex the flavor profile was! I tasted smokiness, sweetness (not sure what ingredient that came from!), a bit of heat, and a bit of bitterness. I was expecting this one to be all about the heat, so I was a bit surprised at the complexity. I had to taste this one a couple of times to try to figure it out!
I think I am going to use this one as a rub the next time I make a beef roast. I think it will give the gravy that I make from the pan drippings a great flavor.
Chipotle Smoked Salt
The Chipotle Smoked Salt was, as expected, smoky, with just the slightest hint of heat. I have never used a flavored salt before (unadventurous cook, remember?!) so it was a pleasant surprise how much I enjoyed this one. I think it would be a great substitute for the regular salt in any Tex-Mex recipe.
I decided to use it in my favorite lime cilantro pesto recipe that I make whenever we have chicken fajitas. Fortunately I didn’t use the whole packet, so I am also going to use it to add some extra flavor to my homemade re-fried beans.
Lime Cilantro Pesto Recipe (featuring the Chipotle Smoked Salt)
I make a yummy lime cilantro pesto recipe that I stir into rice anytime we have Tex-Mex. The pesto turned out really well when I made it with the chipotle smoked salt I received for this Raw Spice Bar review. The chipotle salt added a bit of smokiness that was a nice complement to the other flavors.
Lime Cilantro Pesto Recipe
- 1/4 cup walnut pieces
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 tsp chipotle smoked sea salt
- 2 cups cilantro leaves
- 2 tbs lime juice
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tbs olive oil
In a food processor, process the walnuts, garlic, and salt until the walnuts are finely ground (but not yet turning into nut butter). Add the remaining ingredients and process until it is a smooth paste, scraping down the sides of the food processor as needed.
Stir the finished pesto into hot cooked rice or pasta. You can also use it to top grilled meat. This lime cilantro pesto recipe is yummy no matter how you use it.
Want more recipes to inspire you to use your Raw Spice Bar Monthly Kit?
The Raw Spice Bar website has a ton of recipes that you can narrow down by spice blend. You can also search for recipes by region and specialty diet. The recipe section of their website is a great resource for inspiration if you decide to subscribe to their monthly kit!
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I really enjoyed the kit I received for this Raw Spice Bar review. It definitely helped me step outside my comfort zone and try some new flavors. So tell me… Have you tried the Raw Spice Bar monthly subscription? What did you think?
Disclosure: I received 1 free month to facilitate this Raw Spice Bar subscription review. Please note that if you subscribe through one of the links on this page, I will receive a free month as a thank you for referring you.