Monday, August 2, 2010

Smart Spice Review and Give-Away!!

The give-away is now closed, and the winner will be announced soon! Thanks for participating!

My funny, thoughtful brother is always sending me links to kitchen things he thinks are cool. Sometimes it is a recipe or a picture (like the cookie monster cupcakes he sent last month or the hamburger cookies he sent last year) and some are products (like the one-size-fits-all bowl covers he sent me a few weeks ago). Back in May, he heard about some spices that sounded interesting and shot me a quick email about them. After clicking on the link he provided and reading the product description, I knew he'd found a real winner. Smart Spice by The Seasoned Palate, Inc. produces revolutionary, organic herbs and spices packaged in pre-measured, 1-teaspoon packets that are sealed and foil-lined to keep in freshness and flavor.

Most of us have probably never taken a moment to do a quick spice-rack inspection, but if you have, you've undoubtedly noticed that your spices have an expiration date printed on the container. If you're anything like me, those dates are long passed, especially when it comes to spices that don't get used often. The scary thing is, those spices probably lost their freshness and potency even before the expiration date! The clear plastic bottles spices are usually housed in let in light, air, and moisture, the three enemies of freshness. Smart Spice combats these enemies by individually packaging 1-teaspoon portions. So you can use that 1 teaspoon of oregano your recipe calls for, and the rest of your oregano stays safely packed away in tightly sealed packets.

I've been nothing but impressed with my Smart Spice products from the moment I opened my shipping box. The packaging is cute, the colors are earthy, the spices are organic and look and smell amazing. And I love their texture. Take the cinnamon (cassia), for example: unlike the completely pulverized-to-dust version I'm used to, my Smart Spice cinnamon looked as though someone had ground it with a mortar and pestle! It added the most wonderful, flecked appearance to the carrot cake in which it was used, and made me feel like I was using something special, instead of just something a big machine in a big factory cranked out.

Katie and Sara, the minds behind Smart Spice, are GENEROUSLY offering one lucky person an entire 16-spice set of Smart Spice products--that's a value of almost $50! If you're the winner, you prize will include
Basil
Cardamom
Chile Pepper
Cinnamon
Coriander
Cumin
Curry Powder
Ginger
Herbes de Provence
Italian Seasoning
Nutmeg
Oregano
Paprika
Rosemary
Thyme
& True Cinnamon

To enter, simpy leave a comment telling me what your favorite thing about Smart Spice is. Is it the convenient, pre-measured pouches? The freshness factor? The organic-ness? Visit Smart Spice on Facebook, "Like" them, and you can get 5 extra entries!! Just leave me one additional comment letting me know you've done it. Please include your email address in all comments so I can contact you if you win. This give-away will be open for one solid week. On Monday, August 9th, I'll put all of the comments in a bowl and draw a winner!

For the rest of the week, I'll be posting a recipe each day featuring at least one Smart Spice product. There will be everything from cakes to casseroles. See you tomorrow!!
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42 comments:

  1. I had never heard of this, so i think it is great to find a new cooking item and have a change a win it.
    Glenda
    valdez0803{at}aol.com

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  2. What a neat idea! While I go through some spices, like cinnamon or Italian herb mix quickly enough that they stay fresh, for less used spices, this is perfect so that they stay fresh and doesn't get wasted! Thanks for the review and giveaway. :)

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  3. It would be the pre-measured packets for me. That is definitely convenient.

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  4. This is fantastic! That is a great starter kit! This is the perfect way to keep things fresh and organized!

    crystalmarieporter at gmail dot com

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  5. I like smart spice on facebook!
    crystal marie
    crystalmarieporter at gmail dot com

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  6. This is so great. I've never seen a product like this before, but I feel like I'm shortening the life of my spices if I don't use them quickly enough.

    I've also liked this on Facebook. GREAT idea.

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  7. What an awesome idea! Fresh, organic herbs are the way to go. I liked them on Facebook as well.

    zx6karen{at}gmail{dot}com

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  8. I learn so much from you! Thanks for being a passionate blogger. I love experimenting with different spices that will add kick when preparing my traditional dishes. This giveaway would encourage me to do it more often. Thanks for the info. Kristy V. (nickels05@gmail)

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  9. So cool!! I love the fact that they will stay fresh!

    fa11enan9e1 at yahoo dot com

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  10. I am also a fan of Smart Spice. :)

    Alice C.

    fa11enan9e1 at yahoo dot com

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  11. Oh, the freshness, absolutely.

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  12. As far as I'm concerned, this is an ingenius idea! Not only are they pre-measured but they are sealed in for freshness!! I can't tell you how many thyme jars I've had to throw away because it lost its freshness. This is perfect! Even if I don't win them, I'll look into buying them!

    Ps. Your carrot cake is a must make. It. Looks. Fab!

    Pps. Your etsy shop is fantastic! I LOVE that white triple flower necklace. My sister would LOVE it! Might have to get it for her upcoming birthday!!

    Flamegoddess65@aol.com

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  13. I 'liked' them on facebook :) thanks so much for the great giveaway!

    Flamegoddess65@aol.com

    www.thewhimsicalcupcake.wordpress.com

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  14. The freshness factor definitely does it for me. As for the pre-measured factor... I could take it or leave it, because, unlike baking, I always eyeball stuff when I'm cooking. Thanks for doing the giveaway, Melissa. And your carrot cake looks wonderfully moist and delicious! :o)

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  15. How exciting! And what a super smart idea it is to have individual packets. Love that!

    gregnmeg(at)gmail.com

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  16. I liked them on facebook too! :)

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  17. super idea - got to be better than stale jars after a few months !

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  18. Love this idea! I always feel like I am using "stale" spices so the freshness factor is my favorite!

    natalierose17@aol.com

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  19. So smart! I would have to say my favorite thing about them is the "freshness factor." I always feel like I am using stale spices.

    I also "Liked them on my facebook page. Can you tell I really want to win?? I just moved and need some spices!

    natalierose17@aol.com

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  20. How handy having spices that come in pre measured packs. We English folk never get anything cool like that :p

    Katie xox

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  21. I had never heard of this, but now I love the fact that they will stay fresh!
    ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

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  22. I also "like" Smart Spice on Facebook as Barbara Palermo.
    Thanks for the chance.
    ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

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  23. I really like the idea that they are organic and the range of spices is impressive but the major point is the one teaspoon servings that is excellent. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia. Yes I did go to the site and say "like" my address is audaxartifex[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au

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  24. i LOVE organic so theyre great!

    contact email: tsgiveaways(at)hotmail.com

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  25. My spice rack is embarrassing. I love that this cuts down on waste. Thank you to your brother!
    jenlobo0807@gmail.com

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  26. Ooh la la! What a wonderful idea! To save money, I always get spices in bulk, but I know they're not very fresh, and therefore not as great as they should be. I would love to try these...I bet they're scrumptious! Thanks for the info!

    thegreatbambino007@yahoo.com

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  27. I would love to try! I need all the help I can get.

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  28. what a cool idea! i love the fact that they are premeasured!

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  29. For sure it's the fresh factor. I throw so many spices away. I mean seriously, how much cardamon can you really use before the jar expires!

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  30. I love that they're fresh! Grocery store spices are usually soo old!
    daunfamily at yahoo dot com

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  31. 1 like smartspice on fb
    daunfamily at yahoo dot com

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  32. 2 like smartspice on fb
    daunfamily at yahoo dot com

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  33. 3 like smartspice on fb
    daunfamily at yahoo dot com

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  34. 4 like smartspice on fb
    daunfamily at yahoo dot com

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  35. 5 like smartspice on fb
    daunfamily at yahoo dot com

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  36. Wow...what an ingenious idea! I can think of a number of reasons why I dig this product, but I love the fact the spices would be fresh! These would be great too for my aging Mom, as they are pre-measured for her.
    Thanks for the heads up about this product...love it.

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  37. I just "Liked" Smart Spice on Facebook. Man oh man, your Skillet Cake looks good...

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  38. I love the freshness and the packaging is super cute too!

    "Liked" them on too

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  39. Love the convenience of the packets.

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