RawSpiceBar Review - October 2015 - Meal Preparation Subscription Box

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What is it? Raw Spice Bar 
How Much? $6 per month plus $4 shipping to Canada. Save on longer term subscription. Prices in US dollars. 
What’s in it? 3 hand-picked, small batch, freshly ground spice blends and kitchen-tested, detailed recipes and ideas.

RawSpiceBar is a subscription service offering a monthly box of spices. For only $6 per month plus shipping, RawSpiceBar send 3 freshly ground spices & blends with a new regional theme plus kitchen-tested recipes. The recipes and spices yield enough to create 3 global dishes to serve 4-6 adults. The spice blends are perfectly portioned, freshly ground and expertly blended by top chefs for maximum authentic flavor. It's all done just days before shipping to guarantee freshness.  
RawSpiceBar partners with award winning chefs, bloggers & sources old family recipes to bring you unique spice blends from the highest quality spices around the world, with an unprecedented focus on quality and flavor.
RawSpiceBar ships their packages between the 6th and 10th of the month. It's a slim letter-mail size package that will fit in a condo-sized mailbox. The package comes to Canada via USPS International Priority Airmail, but for some reason, I always receive my package the first week of the following month. This has been the case since my first package in January. Keep that in mind if you plan to subscribe.

The theme for October is Malaysian Spice Box. RawSpiceBar teamed up with YouTube chef Caroline Artiss. She specializes in Malaysian and Asian fusion dishes that are also quick, healthy, and simple.
Indian, Chinese, and Thai cuisines have a firm foothold as established food cultures, but for many, the Malaysian food scene is a bit of an unknown. Formed by spice trading, colonial conquest, and travel, Malaysia offers a cuisine that pulls from many, but stays distinctive. If you peruse the stalls of Penang or Kuala Lumpur, you’d find fish steamed with Malay ingredients like galangal and lemon grass; curries pulling from south Indian traditions; salads full of fresh herbs, many textures, and bright, acidic flavors; locally grown durian for the daring; and rich palm sugar sweets made with Javanese techniques. Spanish, English Portuguese, Thai, and Chinese – you can find bits and pieces of many cultures brought onto the Malaysian plate – a true melting pot of flavor.
Malaysian Laksa Spices with recipe for Malaysian Curry Laksa
Many families in Malaysia have their own secret recipes for curry powder, which are passed on for generations. Each recipe is a bit different- ours is a blend of coriander and turmeric, combined with the citrusy flavor of lemongrass and earthy notes of galangal for creating a traditional Malaysian Laksa.

Kaffir Lime Blend with recipe for Kaffir Lime Salad
The deep green, zesty leaf of the kaffir lime ground into a fine powder is one of our favorite secret weapons for elevating a dish from good to great. We love sprinkling this kaffir lime blend on ice cream, roasted nuts, as a salad dressing base or on top of a bowl of noodles or curry for a final citrusy burst.
Sambel Oelek Spices with recipe for Sambal Oelek Paste
This spicy hot blend of ground chiles is used all over Indonesia and Malaysia both as a condiment and to form the base of curry and rice dishes. Freshly ground chiles form the base of this paste, which is created with the addition of vinegar, lime, garlic and salt to taste.
The October RawSpiceBar included 1.4 ounces of spices and recipes to create two Malaysian dishes plus a condiment. RawSpiceBar also posted a bonus recipe on their website for Nasi Goreng, or Malaysian fried rice. I've never tried Malaysian food, so I can't wait to cook these recipes for friends.

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Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.  
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  1. I just subbed, I love the idea of original spices plus recipes.

  2. Thanks for highlighting this subscription box. I have been working really hard to improve my kitchen skills and these fresh herbs will help me. I love the idea of fresh ground herbs being the centerpiece for the recipes that they send. I cannot wait to try this box subscription. The price is amazing, and I don't feel guilty getting it.

    Kurt Bohling @ Philadelphia Mail Room


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