Inspiration

  • Cleaning your AllSpice Rack

    If you’ve had an allspice rack in your kitchen for some time, it’s probably more “memories of meals past” than you’d like. With these steps you can have it shining like the day you bought it! Carefully slide the rack out and clean the counter underneath. Wipe down the top and sides with a moist cloth but do not leave water on the surface. If there are oil or grease splatters on the rack, you can use a small amount of dish soap on the cloth, or a small bit of baking soda to remove them. For an extra clean...

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  • Top 12 Japanese Spices You Should Know!

    Top 12 Japanese Spices You Should Know!

    Japanese cooking can be a daunting enterprise for a western cook with its exotic array of ingredients, methods, and tools. We can’t explain all of that today, but we can give you a crash course on the top 12 flavors you should definitely know to get started! Dry Ingredients To our dismay, you are unlikely to find a spice rack in a traditional Japanese kitchen. Japanese chefs use very few dried herbs or spices, instead developing flavors from fresh ingredients, seaweeds, pastes, and liquid condiments. That being said, there are a few critical dried materials that have become essential to...

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  • Freshen your spice rack for spring!

      Step 1- Gather all of your spices in one place. Don't forget about bulk bags and spices stored in the refrigerator or freezer Step 2- Purge any spices that are expired or that you no longer use. Don't feel guilty about throwing things out, it just makes room for new spices!Step 3- Wipe down your jars, lids and spice rack frame. Use a damp washcloth with a small bit of mild soap for grease.Step 4- Refill any jars that are low or empty. The AllSpice Spice Funnel will make this quick and easy. Step 5- Replace spices in a logical order.Most people alphabetize their...

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  • Spice Profile: Gumbo File

    Spice Profile: Gumbo File

    Spice Profile: Gumbo File Sassafras albidum What is Gumbo File? Gumbo File is the dried and ground leaf of the North American Sassafras tree. It is used as an herb in Creole cooking. How Can I Use Gumbo File? Gumbo File is used in one specific dish, Gumbo. It is used as both a thickener and as a seasoning. What is the History of Gumbo File? Sassafras leaves were first used as a seasoning by the Choctaw indians in the American South. Its use in gumbo dates back to the late 1800s or early 1900s. How to Grow and Plant Gumbo File Sassafras trees are native to...

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  • Spice Profile: Ginger

    Spice Profile: Ginger

    Spice Profile: Ginger Zingiber officinale What is Ginger? Ginger is an aromatic root used for culinary and medicinal purposes. How Can I Use Ginger? Ginger is most commonly available in powdered or fresh forms. The powdered form is used to give a warm and spicy flavor to baked goods. The fresh form is grated or minced and added to many types of Asian dishes. In addition, ginger can be pickled and used as a condiment or candied for a sweet and spicy treat. Also, ginger is used in beverages such as ginger ale, ginger beer and ginger tea. What is the History of Ginger?...

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  • So Many Spices So Little Time!

    When we first started AllSpice, one of the biggest challenges and biggest joys was creating the list of spice labels. We gathered spice lists from all the best specialty spice shops, websites and books about spices herbs and blends. From there we culled and curated to create a list meant to be comprehensive, but also inspiring. We knew we couldn't cover everything that would be in everyone's rack (which is why we offer custom labels for those who have truly unique spices), but we wanted to cover most of the common spices, allow for variations and include some fun and...

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