I’ve reviewed a few subscription boxes in the past, and honesty, I love them. That said, it’s pretty obvious from my blog that I have a lot of makeup so when RawSpiceBar reached out about featuring their edible subscription service I was pretty excited to try something new. I was sent the RawSpiceBar February 2016 Sichuan Spice Box* so I’ll be sharing its contents as well as my thoughts on the subscription!
The RawSpiceBar subscription costs $6 USD/month, plus $4 for shipping to Canada and includes 3 different spice packets to try out. They are shipped in a small thin envelope using USPS that fits comfortably into my apartment mailbox. The spices in the RawSpiceBar February 2016 Sichuan Spice Box contained 0.3 to 0.4 oz. The spices in this box were:
- Chinese Five Spice: mix of star anise, fennel, cassia cinnamon, cloves and szechuan peppercorns. Works great with meats like duck, pork, beef as well as in stirfries.
- Shiitake Powder: ground shiitake mushrooms useful in soups, pastas, on eggs or even roasted potatoes and greens.
- Sichuan Peppercorns: Sichuan peppercorns are used in classic Sichuan dishes as well as great for burgers, lamb, tofu or stirfries.
I was especially excited about the Chinese Five Spice because it’s a seasoning that’s been recommended to me before but for some reason I have a really hard time finding at the grocery store. All three spices are pretty unique so it’s a fun way to expand your cooking repertoire, especially with the included recipes!
Each box also includes 3 recipes, each centering around one of the spices, so you’re not lacking for inspiration for what to do with them! The RawSpiceBar February 2016 Sichuan Spice Box included recipes for Char Siu (Chinese Barbeque Pork), Garlic Shiitake & Broccoli Noodles and Sichuan Style Green Beans (which I’m most excited about). You can check out their recipes on their website.
The only complaint I have about the subscription is that I do wish the envelopes were resealable, just in case I don’t use the spices all at once.
Whether you are new to cooking or just looking to expand your culinary skillset, I think the RawSpiceBar subscription is a really fun what to do that! Unfortunately it’s a bit pricey right now because of the terrible Canadian dollar but I really enjoyed the RawSpiceBar February 2016 Sichuan Spice Box and can’t wait to try some of the recipes.
What do you think of a spice subscription service? Is this something you would try?