RawSpiceBar Review - October 2016 - Meal Preparation Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains referral links.
What is it? Raw Spice Bar 
How Much? $8 per month plus $4 shipping to Canada. Save on longer term subscriptions. 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 consisting of three freshly ground spice blends from a different region each month. All flavors come with kitchen-tested recipes, personalized for your diet. Add your own fresh ingredients for cooking globally inspired meals for four. 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. Your first order ships within 10 days of purchase, and on the 10th of every month thereafter. 

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.

This package had a post mark dated September 29th, but it didn't arrive until November 3rd. Over a month for First Class letter mail. This has been my number one complaint with RawSpiceBar, since day one, and unfortunately it shows no signs of improvement.

October features the "Oktoberfest Flavor Kit". 
Guten Tag Oktober! Ah look at them, these Bavarians, able to carry 8 to 12 tankards of beer without fail, and with a smile, despite the thunderous “oans, zwoa, drei g’suffa” (one two three drink) of the biergarten drinkers! With liters of beer, they eat halbes Händl (grilled half chickens), shaved radish, and Pretzel, beautiful Brezn, the size of your torso, dunked in mustard. Mustard is as close as Southern Germany has gotten to spicy. It colorfully coats everything from their meats to their breads, brot. Gewürzbrot, a Austro-German bread meaning “seasoned bread”, is not only incredibly rich in flavor but also renowned for its digestive properties, an appreciated attribute after a day of beer and Schnitzel. Schnitzel is the crispy crown jewel of Southern Germany bursting with not only rich flavor but also contrasts of texture, with a tender filling and crunchy exterior. This box is an attempt to capture this gustatory festival of flavors. Prost!

Schnitzel Spices with German Chicken Schnitzel Recipe
Schnitzel is simply a piece of meat that is pounded flat, then breaded with flour and bread crumbs, then fried. It's delicious and I'm excited to give this recipe a try!
Juniper berries, cayenne peppers, bay leaves, black peppercorns spices

Caraway, Fennel, and Anise Bread Spices with Soft Pretzel Recipe
These look delicious, but after reading about all the recipe flaws in Lindsay's review, I'm tempted to make pretzel buns like she did instead! The website has a whole bunch of other recipes using this blend, including Caraway Rye Bread and Cauliflower Caraway Potato Soup. Click here to see.
Caraway seeds, fennel seeds, star anise, coriander, spices

Horseradish & Mustard Seeds with Braised Cabbage Recipe
I'm not a huge fan of braised cabbage... I can handle it in small doses but this may be overkill. I wonder how this would be mixed into mashed potatoes, or as a rub for roast beef.
Toasted brown mustard seeds, toasted yellow mustard seeds, horseradish powder

The October RawSpiceBar channels the flavours of Germany and Oktoberfest with three spice blends and recipes. There weren't as many alternate recipes this month, but it's still a fun kit and perfect for the season.

Interested in trying RawSpiceBar? Use promo code CDNFLAVORS at checkout to save $5 off a 3 or 6 month subscription!

November features The Pondicherry Flavor Kit!

Click here to check out Raw Spice Bar.

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  1. Some nice spices you received.

  2. I did use the mustard and horseradish blend on roast beef! I added a bit of freshly cracked pepper, coarse sea salt, and a little sugar, and rubbed it on. Turned out wonderfully. The horseradish isn't terribly hot, so it's not 'spicy', it just has a little bit of kick.

    Funnily enough, I think the October edition was one of the few that arrived on time for me. I'm just an hour or so away from Vancouver, in the Fraser Valley, so I have no idea why yours was so late.

    1. That sounds great! I love roast beef with horseradish. The November package was better shipping wise. Only two weeks!


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