You can subscribe to Raw Spice Bar for $6/month – and you’ll get a few different packets of spice mixes and recipes to go with them. The overall theme ties them together – I had Indonesian one month and this month was the North East.
The one that grabbed me was the Grilled Shrimp with Chesapeake Bay Spices using the Baltimore Bay Spices. There’s a pile of ingredients including celery salt, bay leaves, black peppercorns, mustard seed, paprika, cayenne pepper, mace, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, cloves, ginger and more.
then added the raw shrimp that I had thawed out. I definitely ONLY use raw shrimp so be sure when you’re shopping for it – you get the ones clearly marked raw. The cooked shrimp are good for shrimp cocktail but really that’s about it. The raw tastes much better when you saute it.
The shrimp tasted magnificent – they were lightly sauteed but with a tart lemony flavor and a vast array of spices. I really enjoyed the shrimp.
Raw Spice Bar is a pretty affordable option for a gift pack – if you’re an adventurous cook. The other packets that I got were a little to off the beaten path for me and had ingredients that were not things I would normally buy or know where to buy. But if you’re an adventurous cook – it’s something fun to add to the repertoire.