If you live in a rural area like where I grew up, it can be tricky to source good food. Buying oils and even spices at a regular grocery store is a very hit and miss proposition when you want safely pressed oils and non-irradiated spices. If organic goods are a priority, you’re really out of luck if your town only has one grocery store. (Not to leave out the larger cities – it can be hard to source good food just about anywhere nowadays, with all the manipulation that our foods go through in the American feeding machine.)
I’m happy to pair up with Mountain Rose Herbs for today’s giveaway, spotlighting some specialty culinary products that will really spice up your kitchen. One winner will receive a package worth over $25 containing the same products I reviewed:
1 bottle Chinese 5-Spice ($4.90): A mixture used throughout China and parts of southeast Asia to season meats, poultry, and pan fried foods. Flavors are deep, alluring and exotic.
Contains the following ingredients: organic anise, organic black pepper, organic fennel seed, organic cinnamon, and organic clove.
You can tell a spice is high quality when the aroma is simply amazing as soon as you open the jar. I wanted to have Chinese 5-spice on hand because it pops up often in GNOWFGLINS eCourse recipes, and I really enjoyed it in my second batch of the fermented apple chutney. I keep forgetting to try it in my oatmeal like Wardeh recommends though!
1 bottle Smoked Black Peppercorns and Rainbow Peppercorns ($5.90 each): Grinding whole peppercorns will add intoxicating spice to every edible creation imaginable. Allow the mild heat, complex flavor, and striking pungency of these fresh and organically grown peppers to surprise and inspire. The farmers who grow our herbs and spices are given full negotiation rights in determining the price of their harvests under our Good Trade Program. This far exceeds traditional fair trade standards – which is good for the growers and good for you!
Mountain Rose Herbs also donates 2% of the proceeds from this line to the Organic Consumers Association in thanks for their important work. This helps support the organic movement with every meal you lovingly prepare.
I just love fresh cracked pepper. It can be the magic bullet that makes a salad, stir fry or soup go from mundane to just WOW. Both these bottles are such fun to use, and although I can’t say I can taste the “smokiness” of the smoked peppercorns as much as I expected, it’s definitely yummy pepper. The bottles grind really well and are holding up under a lot of use. Of course I’d highly recommend buying in bulk and just having your own refillable pepper grinder; unlike most I’ve purchased in grocery stores, Mountain Rose’s grinder is refillable, so it’s an inexpensive option if you don’t own a grinder already.
The best part about getting these two samples was my kids’ reaction. Although Leah (age 4) would opt for pepper most of the time on things like scrambled eggs, Paul (age 7) never really cared for pepper before. There was something about the newness (or maybe the rainbow colored peppercorns) that drew both kids to pepper. They suddenly love it! They always ask to grind their own, and I love how it’s training their palates to appreciate good, real food. Yay for pepper!
I’ll still keep my old cheap shaker pepper in the cupboard, though, because I don’t have the patience to grind 1/4-1/2 teaspoon for recipes. I dump in the quick, pre-ground stuff while I’m cooking, then add a bit more of the good stuff at the table for the real flavor.
1 bottle Macadamia Nut Oil ($9.00): Made from expeller pressed Macadamia nuts, this pure oil is a unique and decadent treat. The alluring aroma and flavor of this elegant champagne colored oil imparts a rich buttery sweetness to any dish. It’s a marvelous oil to infuse with garlic, aromatic basil leaves, or spicy red chilies. Try it with pasta salads, grilled seafood, omelets, vegetable sautes, or as a finishing oil on oven baked pizza.
I’m actually terrible at trying new things sometimes. While I’m buzzing around making dinner, I forget that I’m supposed to be infusing this macadamia nut oil with garlic or hot chilis in order to pour it over steamed vegetables. I even wrote it down in my calendar/meal plan all last week and couldn’t remember!
I did manage to use the oil, without infusing extra flavor, a few times on asparagus and green beans. It’s fun to be able to add such flavor without using additional spices; I just sauteed the green beans in a refined coconut oil and then poured the macadamia nut oil on top at the very last 30 seconds, adding salt and pepper, of course, as I went. The oil has a light, slighty nutty, buttery flavor, and it’s really wonderful on green beans. I even got Leah to eat a handful with her fingers using this oil!
Macadamia nuts are some of the most expensive nuts out there, so this oil isn’t cheap. It’s something to have on hand for the culinary maestro in you, but not for everyday cooking. You shouldn’t use macadamia oil over very much heat, anyway, so it’s not a good saute oil, just for finishing hot foods or on cold salads.
About Mountain Rose Herbs
Since 1987, Mountain Rose Herbs has been known for its uncompromising commitment to organic agriculture, sustainable business practices, and a steadfast focus on the pure aesthetics and freshness of botanical products. Their wide range of certified organic product offerings includes bulk herbs and spices, aromatherapy and essential oils, tea and tea supplies, and natural health and body care. Every aspect of product creation is carried out in accordance with strict quality control and organic handling procedures by employees who care. From fragrant and beyond-fresh organic herbs and spices, to soothing essential oils and delicious herbal teas, the quality and integrity of Mountain Rose Herbs is unparalleled – with smiles guaranteed.
If I wasn’t convinced of Mountain Rose Herbs‘ quality before, I was totally reassured when I realized that all the herbs and spices at my new naturopath’s office, both medicinal and culinary, are directly from Mountain Rose. I didn’t realize, but they even sell the actual green stevia leaf powder, which I’ve never been able to find anywhere before! (Here’s more on stevia and its benefits and questions surrounding it.)
Want to spice up your kitchen? One winner will get to try all four of these items as well, thanks to Mountain Rose Herbs.
Giveaways at Kitchen Stewardship are run via a survey, which means comments on this post do not count (and will be deleted). In the long run, this is quicker for you if you go for extra entries.
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Disclosure: I received products for my review at no charge, which of course did not affect my opinion in the least. I am an affiliate for Mountain Rose Herbs and will receive commission if you order using these links. See my full advertising disclosure here.
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