❖ Chinese Five-Spice is an extraordinary and robust, sweet and spicy mélange of powerfully scented spices that brings hot, crispy, numbing & deliciously savory flavor to dishes. Traditionally used all across Asia and Hawaii, it is named not after the number of ingredients in it, but after the five flavors profile. It's meant to be a seasoning that touches on what the Chinese consider the five principal tastes which has a long and rich history in Chinese food culture. The five flavors are sweet, sour, salty, bitter and piquant (or spicy). The combination of these flavors is thought to create balance: Chinese Five-Spice engages the whole palate with all five flavors in perfect measure.
At the heart of Chinese-Five Spice is Szechuan pepper (花椒 - Huā Jiāo), an ancient spice that has been cultivated in China for thousands of years that is responsible for the unique tongue-tingling sensation.
❖ Using at Home
You can use Five-Spice blend in many different ways including adding it to stew meat or poultry, making it part of a marinade and meat sauces, as a spice rub (with a bit of sea salt) when roasting foods, and as a seasoning in the breading for fried foods. Try it to season sweeter meats such as pork or duck, poultry, and pan fried foods, in baking, for spice cakes, muffins or cookies, and to season peanuts or mixed nuts.
Here are some other ideas:
The highly aromatic spices included here are the most commonly used in Chinese Five-Spice. Our hand mixed blend combines the sweet tones of Star Anise with the bite of spicy Szechuan pepper, and the sweetness of Cassia Cinnamon and Cloves. Finely ground Fennel seeds and Coriander seeds balance and unite the flavors.
Those are the only ingredients, yet the balanced synergy of this pungent mix, carefully blended, offers a bouquet of traditional Chinese flavors. This makes for a potent blend, and Five-Spice is best used in moderation.
❖ Explore the flavors with these tasty recipes
This robust blend is a blank canvas, just screaming for flavor fusion. Greek Spice, or Grecque, is a gentle and tasty, highly aromatic, seasoning blend for Mediterranean luvin’ flavor. It is versatile and easy to use. Greek need only be paired with olive oil.
Taste and Aroma
Saratoga Spicery Greek Seasoning is packed fresh offering quality you can taste. All spices, herbs, and blends are Non-Irradiated, no preservatives, all-natural, no MSG, no GMO, and zero fillers ★ Small Batch Blended ★ Freshness Dated ★ Good up to 1 year after opening, but even better if used within 6 months ★ Hand crafted in U.S.A.
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“Cajun” refers to the rustic cuisine of rural Louisiana that was developed by displaced French Canadians during their expulsion from British rule in the 1750's. Cajun food is characterized by simple French & Mediterranean style, one pot style dishes. Kickin' Cajun is the perfect blend of zesty, spicy, savory flavors that are sure to kick any dish up a delicious notch. It's more versatile than you'd think.
❖ Taste and Aroma Profile
This delicious blend has a bit of mild spiciness with just a bit of temperate heat that delights the palate, balanced with the aromatics of fragrant coriander, onion and garlic and the tastes of hearty oregano, sweet paprika and floral thyme. Saratoga Spicery Kickin' Cajun unveils all of the intensity of Cayenne pepper, whose characteristic zing envelops the taste buds in an explosion of flavors and tantalizing notes.
❖ How to Enjoy it
For a great fajita marinade, mix together 1 tablespoon Kickin' Cajun seasoning, 2/3 cup vegetable oil and 1/3 cup lime juice or vinegar. Let your chicken, pork, flank or round steak marinate in the fridge overnight, then toss it in a hot cast-iron skillet and cook quickly until done. Serve with bell pepper, onion slices, flour tortillas and sour cream and guacamole for a tasty, easy meal.
We’ve combined a link with the old world herbs & spices of Greek oregano, delicate thyme and cumin with the new world spices of Hungarian paprika, fragrant coriander, cayenne pepper, bold Tellicherry black pepper, dehydrated organic garlic powder, minced onion, and pristine Himalayan pink crystal sea salt (Gourmet food grade), resulting in a perfectly balanced blend-with-a-kick. Our Kickin' Cajun is skillfully blended in small batches to ensure freshness.
❖ Recipe: Apricot Glazed Bacon Wrapped Cajun Pork Tenderloin
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Non-Irradiated ★ Small Batch Blended
Freshness Dated ★ Best if used within 1 year of opening