Don’t ask me why it’s taken me over a year of blogging to get the clever idea that I should formally highlight a food trend once a week in my blog. It’s not like I’m known for being a food trend expert or anything…duh! So, without further ado, welcome to the first Topline Trends Tuesday post!
Well I remember the days when I was a poor but keen culinary student, standing horror-struck in front of a grocery display of spices wanting to buy all the ingredients I didn’t have or had never tried but unable to afford the full jars on display. Likewise, when I meet readers or do cooking classes, people often comment that they just don’t want to invest in all the spices, herbs and specialty ingredients that I, as a food writer eager for variety, throw into my recipes.
Several companies have picked up on these needs and launched products that are perfect for occasional cooks who don’t want a lifetime supply of saffron and for adventurous cooks who want to experiment with new flavours but not have to buy large quantities of ingredients they may only use infrequently.
Gourmet Garden Flavour Packs: This fresh herb and spice paste company makes it easy to dabble in Italian, Thai or Mexican cooking with these small format trios that keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Meanwhile, in the dry goods aisle, Smart Spice and Tsp Spices both sell organic spices in pre-measured 1 tsp (5 mL) sachets so that you don’t even need a measuring spoon to use them.
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