SpiceBreeze Food Subscription Review + Coupon – August 2017
SpiceBreeze is a monthly culinary spice kit subscription that features high quality, pure spices from around the world accompanied by simple recipe cards to help you incorporate the new spices into your routine. Choose between the Duo Box that sends two kits each month or the Quad Box that sends four kits each month.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This is a review of the SpiceBreeze Quad Box, which is $11.85 a month for four kits.
The Subscription Box: SpiceBreeze Quad Box
The Cost: $11.85 per month (or $5.90 per month for the Duo Box)
COUPON: Use code SAVENOW to save 5% with a 6- or 12-month prepaid plan.
The Products: 4 culinary kits, each including a recipe and the required spices (1-3 pouches per kit)
Ships to: U.S. (free shipping) and Canada (for a small additional fee)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Each SpiceBreeze box subscription comes with 2 or 4 culinary spice kits every month.
One SpiceBreeze Kit includes:
- A recipe for a global meal with simple instructions to cook in a few easy steps
- Pre-portioned spices and condiments
- A short shopping list for the fresh ingredients of your choice
The August Quad Box includes recipes for Ratatouille (French), Kabob Koobideh (Persian), Tandoori Chicken (Indian), and Sosaties (South African).
SpiceBreeze also included a welcome card!
The card includes links to their newsletter and social media where customers can find fun facts, special offers, and additional recipes.
Now on to the items! This month’s box included 8 individual spices, 2 per recipe. I chose to recreate the recipes for Ratatouille and Kabob Koobideh, so I’ll begin with those.
Ratatouille is a famous vegetable dish from Provence, a French region along the South Mediterranean coast. It’s traditionally seasoned with Herbes de Provence, including the not-so-common herb, European hyssop. The Ratatouille culinary spice kit ingredients include freshly ground thyme, rosemary, savory, oregano, sage, marjoram, and European hyssop.
Per the recipe, I cut eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, tomato, and onion and sautéed them in garlic and olive oil.
After 5-10 minutes, I added tomato paste and stirred in the provided Ratatouille seasoning and salt & pepper. I let the mixture combine and simmer on low until the vegetables were softened to my liking.
The final result was amazing! I cook all the time, especially vegetables, but the addition of the spices made such a big difference in this dish. It elevated a basic vegetable dish to restaurant food and tasted like it had been simmering for hours and hours. I would love to purchase more of this spice combination!
The next recipe I recreated was Kabob Koobideh. Kabob Koobideh is the most popular grilled ground meat in Iran and around the Persian Gulf. The meat is prepared with turmeric and sumac, and sumac is also used as a common table condiment, in place of salt.
The Kabob Koobideh culinary spice kit ingredients include freshly ground turmeric and sumac.
Per the recipe, I combined lean ground beef with grated onion and garlic, an egg, the provided spices, and salt and pepper. I wrapped the ground beef mixture around flat skewers and grilled them on my outdoor grill until done.
I sprinkled the kabobs with extra sumac.
The recipe card also suggested grilling tomatoes to go alongside the kabobs.
I just skewered them and placed them straight on the grill with the kabobs. They turned out great!
The recipe card suggested serving the kabobs with basmati rice, fresh herbs, and red cabbage slaw. I opted for the quicker weeknight version and served the kabobs in lavash bread wraps with shredded endive (I didn’t have cabbage), fresh mint, feta, and extra seasoning. So fresh and pretty!
The third recipe is for Tandoori Chicken. Tandoori Chicken is a well-known Indian dish that gets its flavor from a fragrant, yogurt-based marinade. SpiceBreeze notes that this Tandoori spice blend includes Ajowan, a common Indian spice with a slightly bitter and nutty thyme-anise like taste.
A separate packet of pure Cayenne (pictured in the spoon) is also included for this recipe. The recipe card suggests using it to add a kick and level of heat to your liking.
The Tandoori Chicken culinary spice kit ingredients include Paprika, ajowan, Kashmiri chili, cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric, cloves, cumin, white pepper, coriander, and cayenne.
The last recipe is for South African Sosaties. Sosaties are marinated meat skewers from Cape Malay that feature flavors and spices found in both African and Asian cuisine. This spice blend provides the flavor, fragrance, and spice, and the separate Bird’s Eye Chilis provide the heat.
The Sosaties culinary spice kit ingredients include Orange peel, bay leaf, ginger, yellow mustard, coriander, curry leaf, turmeric, fenugreek, onion, cayenne, cumin, cilantro, garlic, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, and Bird’s Eye chili.
Verdict: I had so much fun preparing these SpiceBreeze recipes. I’m so impressed with the freshness of the spices as well as the thoughtful, creative recipes included in the box. I love to cook and do it all the time, but I found these recipes to be new and exciting, while still simple enough to prepare in a state of weeknight hanger (hungry anger)!
SpiceBreeze is more budget-friendly than buying premium, authentic spices from a specialty store, and the added recipe cards add value and save time otherwise spent browsing online for dinner ideas. This box is a winner for me!
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