RawSpiceBar Subscription Box Review – June 2015
RawSpiceBar is a monthly subscription that sends freshly ground, small batch custom spice blends (and recipes that utilize them).
The spices are shipped via USPS in a sturdy kraft mailer. (Last month, my spices arrived in an envelope instead. I’m glad to see the sturdier packaging is back!)
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription: RawSpiceBar
The Cost: $6 per month with free shipping
The Products: 3-4 freshly ground spice blends from one geography or region, enough to create 3 dishes serving 8-12 people.
Ships to: US and Canada.
Each month, RawSpiceBar sends spices from one region or geographical area. This shipment features spice blends from Jamaica.
This month’s menu is: Jamaican Jerk Fish Tacos, Corn & Mango Salsa, and Chili Banana Fritters.
Jamaican Jerk- .4 oz
According to the information on the spice packet, the name jerk “refers to the preparation of meat or seafood with a dry or wet rub.” Jerk has African origins, and is a blend of thyme, nutmeg, allspice, onion, garlic, brown sugar, cayenne, black pepper, habanero pepper, and cinnamon.
Mango Salsa Spices- .3 oz
This sweet and spicy mix was created to flavor Jamaican-style mango salsa. It contains paprika flakes, allspice, and ginger.
Jamaican Sweet Spices- .4 oz
This blend was created to enhance sweet, light desserts. RawSpiceBar recommends using it to jazz up banana fritters, a Jamaican specialty. This blend combines white and black sesame seeds, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Recipe #1- Paprika Ginger Mango Corn Salsa
To make RawSpiceBar’s Jamaican feast, I began by preparing the corn salsa. I combined grilled corn kernels, freshly sliced mango, cilantro, salt, olive oil, lime juice, and RawSpiceBar’s Paprika Ginger Spices. I mixed all of the ingredients together and then refrigerated the salsa while I worked on the jerk fish.
I’ve been making a lot of mango salsa lately, and this might be the best one I’ve made so far. The blend of paprika and ginger complemented the salsa perfectly!
Recipe #2- Jamaican Jerk Fish Tacos
To make the Jamaican Jerk Fish Tacos, I first created a marinade by pureeing spring onions, ginger, garlic, thyme, lime juice, rum, vinegar, and RawSpiceBar’s Jamaican Jerk Spices. (I also added some chives because my tiny garden is currently overflowing with them.) I poured the marinade over tilapia fillets and let the flavors infuse for 2 hours.
I then baked the fish at 350 until it was cooked through. To make the tacos, I heated flour tortillas in a skillet and piled them with jerk fish, mango salsa, pickled red onions, and chopped parsley.
These tacos were a huge hit! The jerk seasoning was pretty spicy, but it blended extremely well with the fresh mango corn salsa. I would love to make these again soon, but since the recipe is almost completely reliant on the RawSpiceBar spice blends, I know I won’t be able to recreate it. I reached out to RawSpiceBar customer service a few months ago and was told that they plan to add an online store to their site where subscribers can stock up on blends they like. I hope they’re able to do this soon because there’s usually at least one blend per month that I would happily reorder.
Recipe #3- Jamaican Banana Fritters
I love banana fritters, so I was very excited to make these. I began by mixing the batter.
When it was time for dessert, I scooped batter into a skillet filled about 1 centimeter full of hot oil, and pan-fried the fritters until they were evenly browned.
I allowed them to cool slightly and then served them with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of honey.
This was a deliciously indulgent dessert! I loved the spice blend RawSpiceBar sent and the subtle heat it provided. My fritters turned out to be just a tad gummy, so I think if I make them again I’ll add a little extra flour. Other than that, though, I thought this was a great way to end the meal.
Verdict: This shipment from RawSpiceBar was a big hit with my family. We loved the tacos and mango salsa, and the fritters were a fun way to end the meal. We’re all adventurous eaters, so it’s become a monthly ritual for us to gather for dinner and make the recommended recipes together. I love how each month’s spices are inspired by a new location, and I enjoy trying recipes from all over the world. I think RawSpiceBar uses high quality spices and blends them very well. RawSpiceBar is one of my favorite monthly deliveries, and I think it’s a great, inexpensive subscription for adventurous cooks looking to try something new!
What did you think of this month’s RawSpiceBar? Did you use the spices to make the recommended recipes, or did you make different Jamaican inspired dishes?