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No results from unfamiliar flavors (unusual spicing)
« on: May 31, 2006, 06:55:14 AM »

I started doing the spice mixes.

I have Montreal Chicken, Szechuan Pepper Mix, Adobo (no pepper), Chile Sal, Soul Food, BBQ Grillmates.  In addition I have the standard herbs like Dill Weed, Cilantro, Cumin, Oregano, and things Garlic Salt, Onion Powder, and Butter Salt.

I've been trying to add 2 or 3 to my food, but I'm not getting any kind of results from it after a couple of days.  I wonder if I'm not using enough to change the flavor of the food, or if maybe there is too much similarity in the blends (most are some mixture of salt, peppers and garlic).

Anyone else not seeing results from changing spices?

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Re: No results from unfamiliar flavors (unusual spicing)
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2006, 07:37:39 AM »

Your spices don't strike me as different enough. A Chicago neurologist named Hirsch did a study where people sprinkled new flavors on their food. They lost lots of weight.
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Re: No results from unfamiliar flavors (unusual spicing)
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2006, 07:43:06 AM »

Your spices don't strike me as different enough. A Chicago neurologist named Hirsch did a study where people sprinkled new flavors on their food. They lost lots of weight.

What additional flavors would you suggest?

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Re: No results from unfamiliar flavors (unusual spicing)
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2006, 08:36:38 AM »

Look at the spice blends sold by Penzeys. They vary a lot. Try a wide-ranging selection of them.
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Re: No results from unfamiliar flavors (unusual spicing)
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2006, 08:47:17 AM »

Thanks.

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Re: No results from unfamiliar flavors (unusual spicing)
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2006, 01:45:04 PM »

Holy crap!  Penzey has about a billion spices!  Restrict myself mostly to the blends?  Any specific things I should avoid?

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Re: No results from unfamiliar flavors (unusual spicing)
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2006, 01:49:57 PM »

yes, restrict yourself to the blends which you almost surely have never encountered. Whereas many of the spices will be familiar. Avoid spice blends that sound familiar. You might contact them by phone and ask which spice blends are the "finest" -- the smallest particles. Those are easier to use.
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Re: No results from unfamiliar flavors (unusual spicing)
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2006, 02:52:17 PM »

Miller - I would appreciate if you would post any information you find out from Penzy's
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Re: No results from unfamiliar flavors (unusual spicing)
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2006, 10:06:47 AM »

I hate to be a pain, but I'm not a cook whatsoever, not good at these things...would love if you could take the guesswork totally out of this...like listings 10 spices from spenzeys that could work well. It might help others too if it was in a thread of its own, stickied on top. I think a lot of people would love to be told exactly what to do...then they won't worry they're ordering the wrong thing etc...

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Re: No results from unfamiliar flavors (unusual spicing)
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2006, 07:56:06 PM »

Just placed an order with Penzeys.  Here it is:
1     10432      Bavarian Seasoning .7oz Pot      1.99      1.99
1    10832    Cake Spice 1.0oz Pot               2.69  2.69
1    10632    Bouquet Garni .3oz Pot              1.69    1.69
1    44134    Fenugreek Ground 1.4oz Pot    1.99    1.99
1    21937    Greek Seasoning 1.2oz Pot    2.19    2.19
1    54937    Juniper Berries .6oz Pot    1.09    1.09
1    22334    Old World 1.2oz Pot            1.99    1.99
1    97185    Raspberry Enlightenment 9.8oz Jar    5.19    5.19

That's 8 that I haven't tried before (Cake and Raspberry on meat ought to be interesting.....), plus Soul Food (which I already have), and some I am familiar with like BBQ and Szechuan, which ought to be okay if mixed with 1 or more of the above.  As I replace these, I'll add a few new flavors, which I had to delete to keep the price reasonable.

I'll let everyone know how it goes.

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Re: No results from unfamiliar flavors (unusual spicing)
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2006, 03:36:37 PM »

That is a wild list Miller!  :shock:  I will be very curious to hear how it goes. 

Did you talk to the Penzy's people about which spices were "finest" per Seth's suggestion?
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Re: No results from unfamiliar flavors (unusual spicing)
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2006, 04:33:54 PM »

That is a wild list Miller!  :shock:  I will be very curious to hear how it goes. 

Did you talk to the Penzy's people about which spices were "finest" per Seth's suggestion?

No, it was about midnight ET when I ordered (wonders of the internet).  I figured I'd end up using them no matter what, so just got whatever sounded unusual.

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Re: No results from unfamiliar flavors (unusual spicing)
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2006, 10:02:42 AM »

Just placed an order with Penzeys.  Here it is:
1     10432      Bavarian Seasoning .7oz Pot      1.99      1.99
1    10832    Cake Spice 1.0oz Pot               2.69  2.69
1    10632    Bouquet Garni .3oz Pot              1.69    1.69
1    44134    Fenugreek Ground 1.4oz Pot    1.99    1.99
1    21937    Greek Seasoning 1.2oz Pot    2.19    2.19
1    54937    Juniper Berries .6oz Pot    1.09    1.09
1    22334    Old World 1.2oz Pot            1.99    1.99
1    97185    Raspberry Enlightenment 9.8oz Jar    5.19    5.19


I, too, just ordered from Penzeys.  I ordered spice blends I could not find in a traditional supermarket.  This should be very interesting.  This is what I ordered:

Mahlab
Bangkok Blend
Fajita       
Singapore     
Galangal Ground

http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/shophome.html?id=2kmenbCi

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Re: No results from unfamiliar flavors (unusual spicing)
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2006, 12:24:56 PM »

These are the blends that I have been using:

Ozark
Brady Street
Beef Roast
Tandoori (under Curries online)
Vindaloo (under Curries online)
Sunny Spain
Taco Seasoning (Original)
Russian Sausage
Polish Sausage
Pumpkin Pie
Salsa Salad
Porc Chop
Balti
Jerk Pork
Apple Pie
Cake
Sicilian
Chesapeake Bay
Venison Sausage
Baking Spice
Old World
Rogan Josh (under Curries online?)
Adobo
Singapore
Bangkok
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Re: No results from unfamiliar flavors (unusual spicing)
« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2007, 09:54:22 PM »

they have quite a selection; have not ordered any yet. any one else try these spices?
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