RawSpiceBar Review - November 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 or second week of the following month.The FAQ say that Canadian customers can expect their package between the 20th-25th of the month, but mine is always a week or more later.

November's theme is Ethiopian Spice Box.
Ethiopian cuisine, with influences from India’s trade routes and Italy’s partial colonial rule, relies heavily on ancient, yet sophisticated spice blends. These carefully concocted blends transform the humblest ingredients- lentils, cheap cuts of meat, vegetables- into the extraordinary, deeply flavored dishes that Ethiopia is so well known for.

I've never had dishes from this region, so I'm interested in these recipes.

Key Wat (Ethiopian Spicy Stewed Beef) with Mitmita Spice
Our favorite way to use berbere is in this month’s recipe, key wat, which is built on a braise of onions, berbere, mitmita, tomatoes and fall apart braised beef for an incredibly rich dish. For a vegetarian alternative, we’ve also included a classic Ethiopian lentil stew, misr wot, on our blog.
This bright orange, crazy hot spice blend is perhaps Ethiopia’s second most famous spice mix. African birds eye chili peppers, cardamom, black peppercorns and other spices add a spicy hot kick to meat stews, lentils or grilled meats. Also great for using in place of hot sauce or Siracha as a powdered dip or condiment.
Berbere Roasted Carrots with Berbere Spices
Our Ethiopian inspired side dish includes classic fall vegetables, roasted carrots and fennel with berbere.
Arguably the most famous spice blend of Ethiopian cuisine, berbere is smoky, spicy and complex. This spice mix is traditionally used in nearly all Ethiopian dishes but particularly shines in stews and on meats and poultry. Also try as a rub on roast chicken, roast vegetables or stir into oil and vinegar as a dip.

Pumpkin Spiced Dabo Kolo with Pumpkin Pie Spice
In Ethiopia, desserts are not an important part of the meal. However, with Ethiopia's delicious coffee traditions and Italian influences, these honey ricotta snacks make a perfect finish to a spicy meal. This is our pumpkin pie spiced sweet version of the traditional Dabo Kolo, which is a bread used as a snack or appetizer.
This fall inspired spice blend is unlike all those other traditional blends- with freshly ground cinnamon, allspice and star anise as the star ingredients. Sprinkle over squash and roast, stir into yogurt or ice cream or brew into your morning coffee or add to cookies, breads, cakes, pies or other baked goods.

The November RawSpiceBar three Ethiopian spice blends (totaling 1.2 oz of spices) and three recipes to create a full Ethiopian themed meal. In addition to the printed recipes, RawSpiceBar also posted an alternate recipe on their website (Misr Wot - Lentil Stew). This month was quite the spice journey. I knew nothing of Ethiopian cuisine prior to this mailing and now I want to find more recipes. I look forward to cooking the beef stew!

There is still time to order RawSpiceBar as a Christmas gift. You will receive a gift certificate with your order confirmation, which you can print or email for your recipient. The first package will ship in mid-January.

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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 subbed to get myself a present and emailed them yesterday to ask about the box... it was shipped on the 14th, so it won't arrive before Christmas,, which is a bit of a bummer. (I am in Ontario.) Hopefully the contents will make up for the disappointing shipping - you'd think they would try to get the boxes out so they would arrive in time for the holidays. Definitely shipped past their state dates of 6-10th of the month.


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