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Q: When is a spice mix not quite a spice mix?
A: When it is made by “big food” and has all manner of dodgy ingredients added that are NOT SPICES.
Now call me weird, or just old fashioned… but to me, a spice mix should be just that: A mix of spices.
However, just go in the kitchen, and take a look at the ingredient list on “big brand” spices… you might see: Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, modified food starch, sugar, coloring, MSG (often disguised under a crazy array of other names), silicon dioxide and of course the highly dubious term “Natural Flavorings”.
You don’t even want to know what might be in “Natural Flavorings”. Do you? Because it might include all manner of ingredients – including castoreum for example… and you would never know. Yes, castoreum. If you want to find out what this is (and if you have a strong stomach), click the castoreum link above. Don’t click it if you just had breakfast. I’m sorry. I wish I was making this up. I really do.
Big food, the deal is off. It’s over. From now on, I’m making my own spice mix, using… uhh… spices. I know. I’m weird.
So anyway I was delighted when I discovered that Stephanie from “Keeper Of The Home” has compiled a super list of spice mixes that are “the real deal”. Here’s the link to her super page:
Discover the joy of making food using real natural ingredients… a whole wonderful world awaits!
And remember, the spice must flow…