You should all know by now as well, I usually try to make everything from scratch when I can. I especially love using anything I've grown myself or at least using the freshest ingredients I can find. Thankfully, in my most recent search online I discovered a somewhat local company which provides people with fresh spices, seasonings, flavors, extracts, and more - The Spice House.
Truly a family business, "Owners of The Spice House, Tom and Patty Erd, are second generation spice merchants. Their business was founded by Patty's parents, Ruth and Bill Penzey, Sr. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1957. " A quality that I quickly learned once Patty agreed to work with me is that they actually grind each spice in house and only what they plan to sell each week. This keeps the ingredients you purchase as fresh as possible even though it is a bit more work for The Spice House Team!
I was sent over the Baker's Spices 4 Jar Gift Box which includes China Number One Ginger, (whole root or powder), Madagascar Bourbon Islands Pure Double-Strength Vanilla Extract
Nutmeg (whole or ground), and Vietnamese Saigon Cassia Cinnamon, (whole, cracked or ground). I honestly was in love with how personal this box arrived with loose items spread throughout the box as a decorative!
As soon as I opened the package my mouth began to water almost instantly since the smells were so strong and amazing! Because I've actually fresh ground my own herbs and spices before I could tell the difference right away between these and something you would see on a grocery store shelf. The powdered ground cinnamon and ginger weren't clumped together OR grainy like they are when prepared in bulk! I've already baked a few times using the vanilla extract and the nutmeg and I loved the flavor! I cannot wait to use the others (possibly for my own birthday treat)!
Available to purchase/Cost: $31.95 Baker's Spices 4 Jar Gift Box
Recommendation: These are great seasonings for any style/level cook. The ones I tried were not extreme in any recipe (when you follow directions, haha). The pricing is great considering how much meat it is meant for. In fact I think this is cheaper than most spices or seasonings you would find at your local grocery store. There are also several great recipes listed on the site as well that I'd recommend checking out.
Facebook: The Spice House
Giveaway: The Spice House is going to give one of A Lucky Ladybug's lucky readers a Baker's Deluxe Gift Box to try of their own! This is part of the Ignite Your Sense's Giveaway.