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Hidden Treasures: The Best Spices That You’re Not Using

herbs and spices storeThe road to creating a culinary masterpiece is often riddled with unexpected bumps and ruts. Lots of things can impede your progress, from unexpected recipe failures, to adjusting cooking times and temps, to ingredient malfunctions. This is often why we stay in a rut that feels the most comfortable to us, a.k.a. chicken breast and spaghetti on the regular. However, take it from us, your friendly local herbs and spices store: going off course and trying something new is the best way to get out of a rut. Why not make something unique and tasty for dinner tonight?

Another suggestion while traveling the road to delicious horizons? Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for hidden treasures along the way. The hidden treasures that we’re referring to include under-utilized ingredients. You know, those ingredients that you’ve never used because you’re just not sure how it will come out? Or perhaps they just seem a little complex and intimidating. Well, this is where we come in.

Being in the spice business, as your herbs and spices store of choice, we see an array of tasty ingredients that we know will add pizzazz to your next meal go mostly unnoticed. So we’ve decided to give these under-the-radar spices the recognition they deserve, as the best spices you’re not using.

Saigon Cinnamon

Used primarily for its aromatic bark, Saigon cinnamon is a form of cassia, but with a more pronounced and complex aroma, Saigon cinnamon is also called Vietnamese cinnamon. It comes from an evergreen tree indigenous in Southeast Asia and consists of 1-5% essential oils, which is the highest percentage of all cinnamon species. It is sweeter and stronger than cassia. For these reasons, Saigon cinnamon is often considered the best cinnamon. The Saigon cinnamon that we sell at Old Town Spice Shop is 5% essential oil.

Urfa Biber Chile Flakes

The curing process of this Turkish chile, cultivated in the Urfa region of Turkey, leaves a high moisture content and encourages complex smoky flavors of rich chocolate, roasted coffee, and tangy raisins. Excellent raw, sprinkled over pungent cheeses, or cooked into sauces for braised meats, these chiles even taste good on ice cream. Urfa biber is less spicy than many other chile peppers, but provides a more lasting build of heat. According to Food and Wine Magazine, it is quickly becoming a go-to ingredient for chefs across the country.

Dulse

Dulse is harvested in the cool water along the Atlantic coast of Canada and also along the shores of Ireland and Norway. This sea vegetable is full of potassium, iodine, Vitamin B, fiber, and protein. Dulse can be eaten raw, roasted, fried, dried, or as a thickening agent for soups. There are a number of alternate names for dulse seaweed, including sea parsley, dilsk, creathnach, and sol. It has a hint of salty marine flavor and can be used as a substitute for salt.

kaffir lime leavesKaffir Lime Leaves

The kaffir lime leaf is essential when cooking Thai curries and soups; however, an array of dishes can benefit from the flavor. One of the most aromatic of all herbs, ground kaffir lime leaves are an easy way to add a floral citrus flavor to soups, curries, and homemade curry pasta. And according to thespruceeats.com, if a recipe calls for kaffir lime leaves and you don’t have them, do not substitute with another ingredient, as there is no replacement for the unique flavor the kaffir lime leaf imparts to a dish.

These are just a few of the hidden ingredient treasures that you will definitely want to try in your next culinary creation. If you would like to learn about other tasty spices that you’re likely not using but should be, swing on by our herbs and spices store located in Fort Collins, CO, or check out our online spice store for more delicious suggestions. Cooking is an adventure, so take an opportunity to smell, taste, ask questions, and go on this adventure with us. You’ll be glad you did!

Spice Ideas for Summer Garden Veggies

Take one look around town and you’ll likely see a backyard, community garden, or farmers market bursting forth with tasty-looking fruits and veggies peeking out from behind massive leafy growth. Ahhhh…it’s garden season. One of the freshest and most delicious times of the year. And whether you choose to grill, saute, mince, or gobble them straight off the stem, garden veggies are one of our favorite foods to spice.

Here are some of the most common veggies that are or will soon be ready to harvest with some spice suggestions from your friendly, local herbs and spices store, Old Town Spice Shop:

Cucumbers and Tomatoes: These are two of our favorite summer veggies! How can you go wrong with cucumbers and tomatoes? Especially when you mix them together for one fresh and tasty treat! Here’s one of our favorite ways to prepare these two summer garden standards. Dice cucumbers, tomatoes, and green onions, and mix together on a serving platter. Add feta cheese and olive oil (may we suggest our very own Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil?). Then generously apply Greek Seasoning. This is a fantastic dip or great on a salad.

Corn: Whether it’s as high as an elephant’s eye or just about mouth-high as we munch sweet kernels right off the cob, corn is delectably in season right now and we couldn’t be more ready. We enjoy corn on the grill, simply roasted with butter and sprinkled with Chili Lime Seasoning.

Peppers: Whatever type of peppers you’re growing are the type of peppers that make for a fantastic, fresh, and delicious summertime snack. Try your prized peppers roasted with Roasted Vegetable Seasoning, Fajita Seasoning, or Sweet Onion Sugar. Mmmmmm….our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

However you choose to prepare them, there’s nothing like having fresh garden veggies in the summer. Sprinkle any of these delicious additions from Old Town Spice Shop, your favorite local spice shop, onto your favorite veggies and add a fantastic burst of flavor to your fresh green goodies. Visit our online spice store or come on down to the shop to discover even more seasonally inspired spices, blends, sauces, and so much more. Your palate will thank you!

Spice Price Comparison: How Old Town Spice Shop Stacks Up

Whether you’re an expert chef or just learning the basics, we all know that a dish is only as good as the quality of the ingredients in it. The spices used to flavor your dishes are an integral part of the process, and therefore, a core lineup of fresh, quality spices is essential to creating tasty meals that your family will be begging you to serve time and time again.

We also know that you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for something that you can just as easily pick up on your next trip to the grocery store or online spice store. So where do you get the best of the best spice-wise while also being kind to your pocketbook? We’re glad you asked.

It’s a common misconception that we are generally more expensive than spices you can buy elsewhere. Prices at our herbs and spices store are actually quite competitive compared to grocery store spices and spices that you can purchase online. One thing is for sure: we are higher quality and while we can’t compare to dollar dust spices, we generally are competitive with any name-brand product at the grocery store. Don’t believe us? Well, we decided to do a little price comparison between our spices and common store-bought spices to see who comes out on top price-wise when it comes to four of the most common spices you will inevitably use in your next recipe: chili powder, black pepper, cinnamon, and Italian seasoning. We also compared two of the most common brands (McCormick and Spice Islands) amongst three common spice retailers (Amazon, Walmart, and King Soopers). Amazon pricing is subject to fees and restrictions, including but not limited to Amazon Prime and Amazon Pantry memberships.

Here’s what we discovered:

Chili Powder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCormick Chili Powder

Amazon – 2.5 oz jar for $2.29 ($0.92/oz)

Walmart – 2.5 oz jar for $2.44 ($.98/oz)

King Soopers – 2.5 oz jar for $6.43 ($2.57/oz)

OTSS:

New Mexico chili powder – 2.5 oz jar for $4.50 ($1.80/oz)

Spice Islands Chili Powder

Amazon – 2.5 oz jar for $14.56 ($5.83/oz)

Walmart – 2.5 oz jar for $5.53 ($2.21/oz)

King Soopers – 2.5 oz jar for $6.25 ($2.50/oz)

OTSS:

New Mexico chili powder – 2.5 oz jar for $4.50 ($1.80/oz) $1.80/oz

When it comes to chili powder, Old Town Spice Shop’s New Mexico Chili Powder is more cost-effective than Spice Islands’ prices and lands right about in the middle compared to McCormick’s at most retailers. In addition, Old Town Spice Shop carries a variety of chili powders with more than 20 different chillies.

In the spice world, McCormick is usually one of the most price-conscious options and is sold in plastic containers, while Spice Islands is usually a bit higher quality and comes in a glass jar, which helps hold in freshness.

Black Pepper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCormick Black Pepper

Amazon – 2.5 oz jar for $2.08 ($0.83/oz)

Walmart – 2.5 oz jar for  $2.50 ($1.00/oz)

King Soopers – 2.5 oz jar for $5.00 ($2.00/oz)

OTSS:

Black ground peppercorn – 2.5 oz jar for $6.00 ($2.40/oz)

Spice Islands Black Pepper

Amazon – 2.5 oz jar for $13.10 ($5.24/oz)

Walmart – N/A

King Soopers – 2.5 oz jar for $7.13 ($2.85/oz)

OTSS:

Black ground peppercorn – 2.5 oz jar for $6.00 ($2.40/oz)

Black pepper seems to range anywhere from $0.83/oz to $5.24/oz, depending on brand and retailer. Our Old Town Spice Shop black ground peppercorn is most closely priced to Spice Islands and even comes in a bit cheaper generally. In addition to its price, our black ground peppercorn is fresh ground in our local warehouse before its packaged. We don’t buy any pre-ground peppercorns. Quality and freshness is key when it comes to choosing pepper for your homemade dishes and that’s what Old Town Spice Shop delivers.

Cinnamon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCormick Cinnamon

Amazon –  2.3 oz jar for $1.29 ($0.54/oz)

Walmart – 2.3 oz jar for $2.98 ($1.30/oz)

King Soopers – 2.3 oz jar for $3.99 ($1.73/oz)

OTSS:

Cassia Cinnamon, Korintje, Ground – 2.3 oz jar for $3.45 ($1.50/oz)

Spice Islands Cinnamon

Amazon – 2.3 oz jar for $18.14 ($7.89/oz)

Walmart – .3 oz jar for $5.42 ($2.36/oz)

King Soopers – 2.3 oz jar for $5.99 ($2.60/oz)

OTSS:

Cassia Cinnamon, Korintje, Ground – 2.3 oz jar for $3.45 ($1.50/oz)

Cinnamon is a staple spice for many households. Luckily, you can get our fresh ground cinnamon for a better price than Spice Islands’ cinnamon at all of our comparable retailers. The price of our cinnamon is also similar to what you might pay for McCormick cinnamon, our just happens to be fresher, tastier, and local.

Italian Seasoning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCormick Italian Seasoning

Amazon – 2.5 oz jar for $2.00 ($0.80/oz)

Walmart – 2.5 oz jar for $9.55 ($3.82/oz)

King Soopers – 2.5 oz jar for $19.30 ($7.72/oz)

OTSS:

Italian seasoning – 2.5 oz jar for $12.50 ($5.00/oz)

Spice Islands Italian Seasoning

Amazon – 2.5 oz jar for $21.00 ($8.40/oz)

Walmart – 2.5 oz jar for $17.20 ($6.88/oz)

King Soopers – 2.5 oz jar for $23.05 ($9.22/oz)

OTSS:

Italian seasoning – 2.5 oz jar for $12.50 ($5.00/oz)

When it comes to Italian seasoning, the prices really run the gamut, running anywhere from Amazon’s McCormick offering at $0.80/oz to King Soopers’ Spice Islands offering at $9.22 oz. Old Town Spice Shop comes in right in the middle at $5/oz.

At Old Town Spice Shop, your local spice shop, not only are we price conscious, but spices truly are our life. Because this is our business, we can ensure the highest quality spices, blends, salts, sugars, extracts, peppers, and teas. We buy in bulk and fresh grind, blend, and package everything in-house, making them fresher than you can get even at many other spice shops. Taste the difference that fresh spices, blends, seasonings, teas, and other products can make in your life…while still paying a reasonable price. Sounds like a win-win to us!

Our Favorite Flavors of Spring

Spring is a veritable burst of fresh colors, textures, and flavors. One of our favorite things to do, as your preferred local spice shop, during the onset of a new season is indulge our senses and our recipes in seasonal spices. This helps not only in casting away the staleness of the past season but also in creating new and fresh flavors.

Here are a few of our favorite spring-inspired spices that are guaranteed to put a spring in your step and add pizzazz to your dinner plate during this lovely season.

Lavender: Beautiful, flavorful, and an actual flower, nothing says spring like putting actual flowers in your food. Cultivated mainly in France and England, lavender has a sweet, floral aroma and strong flavor, so just a little dab will do. Lavender has become a popular ingredient for cooking both sweet and savory dishes. Desserts such as creme brulee, ice cream, and cupcakes can be scented with lavender, and main courses like lamb can be enhanced with the flower. It is also an essential ingredient in Herbs de Provence and blends well with citrus, mint, rosemary, sage, berries, fruit, meats, and drinks. Click here to peruse our selection of lavender from spices to sugars to teas in our online spice store.

Mint: One of the freshest and most flavorful herbs you can cook with, mint offers a crisp taste and aromatic nature that screams spring, and we must heed the call. There are two main types of mint that we use to cook: peppermint and spearmint. Peppermint is a bit sharper and spearmint more delicate and sweet. Peppermint also contains menthol, which gives our mouths that cool and refreshing sensation, making it the perfect addition to a light refreshing spring-inspired beverage. Click here for our wide array of mint-inspired flavors.

Dill: If you’ve ever grown your own dill, you know just how aromatic, fresh and spring-inspired this herb really is. Dill weed consists of the green leaf of the dill plant, while dill seed is the fruit of the plant, but both offer a bright and tasty flavor. Dill seed is similar to but stronger than, dill weed. Dill seed is used commonly in Middle Eastern cold dishes like fattosh and in pickles. Dill weed consists of the dried leaves of the dill plant and is used in American dishes such as pickles, meats, breads, fish and shellfish, cottage and cream cheese, and with tomato juice beverages. Check out a variety of dill products here or come to Old Town Spice shop to check out our variety of dill and talk to one of our spice specialists to discover more ways to use this versatile and tasty herb. We also sell a variety of tasty dill pickles made by Fort Collins Pickle Company. Available in-store only.

Cilantro: Whether you love it or you hate it, cilantro is one of the most frequently used herbs in the world and is known for its bright, clean, and tangy flavor. It easily and robustly adds a kick to your most common spring cookout dishes like guacamole and salsa. Cilantro is the usual name for the leaf of the plant that is otherwise identified as coriander, and from which coriander seed is obtained. Cilantro is quite versatile and commonly found in Asian, Mexican, Indian, Tex-Mex, Caribbean, and North American cuisines. If you want to add a fresh punch of spring-inspired flavor, just add cilantro. Check out our selection of cilantro-inspired items here and try them in your next favorite dish.

Try any of these herbs for a springy burst of flavor at your next meal, or come to Old Town Spice Shop to discover even more seasonally-inspired spices and blends. Your palate will thank you.

Springtime Grilling Sidekicks: Rubs and Mustards

It’s officially springtime and you know what that means, right? It’s grilling season! We know that there will likely be a few more snowflakes yet to make an appearance before we can really sink our teeth into grilling season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of the warm days while they’re here, right?

At Old Town Spice Shop, your favorite local spice shop, we have a mouthwatering selection of grilling rubs that will take your BBQ to the next level. A spice rub is any mixture of ground spices made for the purpose of being rubbed on raw food before cooking or grilling. The rub forms a coat on the food and once grilled, becomes a tangy and crispy crust. We’re salivating just thinking about. Here’s our savory line of rubs from our herbs and spices store:

Ancho Honey Rub: Warm chili flavor balanced with the sweetness of honey, this blend is great on pork or chicken. Rub on your protein and let it sit overnight for full flavor or just sprinkle some on before you cook it.

Chimichurri Rub: An Argentinean spice, great on any meat; just add two parts olive oil, one part vinegar, one part water, and spices to make a Chimichurri sauce.

Horseradish Steak Rub: This complete dry rub will give any steak that horseradish bite you love. Simply rub on any meat, grill, and enjoy.

Korean Dry Rub: Gochujang powder captures the heat and spice of traditional Korean gochujang paste in a convenient, shelf-stable dry powder. Rub on pork, beef, or chicken for a truly one-of-a-kind grilling experience.

Mango Chipotle Rub: Bringing together the two wonderful flavors of mango and chipotle into one tasty rub, this can be added to fish, pork, chicken, or steak to make it sing with a medley of flavors.

Rib Rub: This tangy blend is a BBQ master’s best friend. Ideal for juicy pork chops, sizzling steak, fresh fish fillets and of course, ribs.

Santa Maria Rub: This style of rub originated in California and is perfect for a tri-tip or any cut of steak. It has a fantastic garlic finish, a pop of pepper, and is completely delicious.

In addition to our rubs, Old Town Spice Shop is happy to spice up another springtime tasteful tradition: picnics. Who doesn’t love a heavenly picnic spread? Especially when your spread includes one of our homemade mustards. Our selection of mustards from our line of Brewhouse Sauces goes great on top of any sandwich, hot dog, or bratwurst.

Auntie Stone’s Mustard: Crafted using Guinness Extra Stout, spread this tasty mustard on a bratwurst, add to deviled eggs or enjoy on a sandwich. By the way, did you know that Elizabeth “Auntie” Stone (1801-1895) is considered the founding mother of Fort Collins? Which is why we named this trailblazing mustard after Auntie Stone herself.

Redstone Creek Harissa Mustard: Crafted using Zwei Brewing Rauch Export Lager, you can spread this mustard on a brat, sandwich or anything else that could use a little tasty zing.

Sleeping Giant Spicy Mustard: This recipe is crafted using Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Dunkel Lager, Fearless Youth. If you like spicy and you like mustard, then you’re definitely going to love our Sleeping Giant Spicy Mustard. Layer it over your next hot dog and prepare to be impressed.

These are just a few ideas for tastefully spicing up your springtime grilling with the help of your favorite local and online spice store, Old Town Spice Shop. We’re here to make sure that you’re getting all the flavor that you can whether you’re grilling, frying, sauteing or cooking. We love it all. Come in and chat with our grilling experts to learn more about spicing up your grilling!   

 

Darjeeling Tea Health Benefits

Do you fancy a cup of tea? Yeah, us too. We go through tea phases, you know, deciding which are our favorites, but lately our go-to has been our delicious Darjeeling tea. Also known as the “champagne of teas” in honor of its exquisite flavor, Darjeeling tea is a black tea grown at the foot of the Himalayas, in the Darjeeling region of northern India.

This black tea yields a light cup, with a pleasing apricot color. Smooth with a slight floral note, Darjeeling teas are usually described as having a musky spiciness with a cool finish. However, aside from its nectarous color, taste, and finish, did you know that Darjeeling tea health benefits are off the charts as well?

Now you do. Let us further explain.

When it comes to high blood pressure, diabetes, and weight loss, Darjeeling tea is a natural remedy. It contains abundant antioxidants that combat free radicals and eliminate toxins which are quite helpful when it comes to each of these maladies.

Darjeeling Tea and High Blood Pressure

Consuming black tea such as Darjeeling may have benefits to cardiovascular health. In an October 2003 issue of “Journal of Nutrition”, they cited that drinking five servings of black tea daily lowered blood cholesterol significantly in subjects consuming a moderately low-fat diet, compared to non-tea drinkers on the same diet. It’s also been known to widen arteries potentially increasing blood flow to organs which can also lower the risk of cardiovascular disease over time.

Darjeeling Tea and Diabetes

According to researchers from the Tianjin Key Laboratory in China, the polysaccharides found in Darjeeling tea had the most glucose-inhibiting properties. Polysaccharides are a type of carbohydrate that includes starch and cellulose, which benefit people with diabetes because they help to retard absorption of glucose. The black tea polysaccharides also displayed the highest amount of scavenging of free radicals, which are present in the onset of other diseases like cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.  

Does Darjeeling Tea Help With Weight Loss?

While still being delicious, Darjeeling tea contains very few calories so it is a low-calorie and healthy alternative to other types of sugary beverages. In addition, this specific type of black tea contains enough caffeine to provide extra energy, naturally, while also decreasing fat absorption and boosting metabolism.

These are just a few of the health benefits of Darjeeling tea. The leaves of this tea are rich in many different bioactive compounds that have significant health benefits. The best part of all is that your favorite local spice shop, Old Town Spice Shop has tasty and fresh Darjeeling tea that you can pick up locally or online in our online spice store. Or if you’re interested in other black tea based loose leaf teas, you can also check out our selection of Oolong Tea, China Black Tea, or Apricot Tea. And as an aside, we do not advise making any health decisions based on the information presented and always suggest that you seek the advice of medical professionals on any medical matters.

Let Us Help You Get Out of Your Chicken Rut: Spices for Chicken

We know how it goes… dinner time has crept up on you once again and you’re frantically checking your freezer for anything that might resemble a healthy, tasty, and balanced meal for your family. You pull out your standard chicken breast hoping that it will thaw in time, not even considering something new to spice up your chicken repertoire.

Admit it. You’re in a chicken slump. We totally understand. But that’s where Old Town Spice Shop comes in! Allow us to save your chicken and introduce an array of tasty and interesting flavors you can easily add to your standard chicken fare.

So you ask, what are good spices for chicken? Glad you asked! We have a long list of tasty spices for chicken that you can reference and order through our online spice shop or pick up in the store. Let’s break this down a bit so that we can step up your chicken dinner game:

Mexican Herbs and Spices  

Give your chicken a bit of Mexican flair with adobo, carne asada, chili lime seasoning, or mole spices:

Adobo – Our adobo seasoning salt is used in many Latin countries and marries the flavor of garlic and oregano with cumin. Sprinkle it onto meats prior to cooking or use a dash to add some flavor to any other dish such as mixed veggies, soups, casseroles, you name it.  

Carne Asada – This blend contains all the ingredients to make any steak, chicken, or pork overflow with tasty and authentic flavors from the South. Add equal parts of vinegar and oil and marinade your meats to create a flavorful dinner.

Chili Lime Seasoning – Vacationers to South-of-the-border destinations will recognize this blend as the mouth-watering chili mixture that gets sprinkled on everything from fresh mango to fresh pineapple slices. Don’t stop with fruit though. Try our chili lime seasoning on grill chicken, fish, or on slices of fresh avocado.

Mole – This seasoning captures that complex, spicy chocolate flavor of traditional Mexican mole. Great on chicken, beef, or pork. Combine with water or broth to create a versatile mole paste. Also, try in chili to add a subtle hint of chocolate.

Cuban Herbs and Spices  

Here’s an idea, give your chicken seasoning a Cuban twist!

Mojo Cubano – You’ll definitely want to give this Caribbean inspired blend of herbs and spices a whirl. With a tasty hint of citrus, you can rub this spice on pork or chicken and add to rice or black beans for a tasty new dish.

BBQ Herbs and Spices

There’s nothing like a good ol’ BBQ flavor to add some pizzazz to your chicken dish. Might we suggest a few?

Backyard Brew Marinade – Balancing hops with numerous spices to give a flavorful beer taste to any meat, simply add 1 oz Old Town Spice Shop Backyard Brew Marinade, ½ cup beer or water, 2 tbsp oil, 2 tbsp white or apple cider vinegar, and 2 lbs chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp. Mix and marinade meat in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Mango Chipotle Rub – Marrying together two fantastic flavors into one mouthwatering rub. This rub can be added to fish, pork, chicken, and steak to make it sing with a medley of flavors.

Sweetgrass Prairie Blend – This blend combines smokey, acidic, and typical prairie spice flavors to create a tasty blend perfect for meats and potatoes. Use this as a dry rub poultry seasoning. It’s also good on duck, pork, or beef. And get this, a percentage of all sales go to prairie wildlife research!

Red Mountain – This sweet chili flavored blend playfully balances paprike and sumac, creating a unique smoked flavor. This one is equally tasty on fish, chicken, pork, or beef.

International Herbs and Spices

We’re going International with these spices for chicken breast and you’re definitely going to want to join us!

Baharat – Baharat is a spice blend used throughout Turkey. It is the Arabic word for spices and consists of finely ground spices often used as a lamb seasoning rub, fish seasoning, spice for chicken, beef spice and soup flavoring.

Chinese Five Spice – The ingredients of our Five Spice Powder represent the five elements of the earth which creates a harmonious and delicious blend. A staple in Chinese kitchen, try using it in sauces, marinades, and rubs for seafood, pork, and poultry. Rub on chicken or duck before roasting to add a spicy and sweet flavor.

Korean Dry Rub – Our Korean dry rub or Gochujang powder captures the heat and spice of traditional Korean gochujang paste in a convenient and shelf-stable dry powder. Rub on pork, beef, or chicken and enjoy!

Brewhouse Sauces

Our Brewhouse Sauces are the perfect solution to your drab chicken woes. Our unique line of hot sauces, mustard, and easy-to-make marinades and dressings are made with local, craft beers and are the perfect saucy component adding a punch to any chicken dish. You can check out our extensive line of Brewhouse Sauces in this detailed blog post.

So next time you ask yourself, What spices can I use for chicken? Make sure you bookmark this post so that you can tastefully spice up your next “Oh no it’s dinner time and all I’ve got for dinner is this chicken” moment. Old Town Spice Shop in Fort Collins and online is here to keep you from another boring chicken dinner.

 

Getting Saucy with Our Brewhouse Sauces

Although we prefer spice, we like to get a little saucy from time to time as well, here at Old Town Spice Shop. You see, we’re not your typical herbs and spices shop or hot sauce store for that matter. This is precisely why we’ve created our own line of Brewhouse Sauces.

Our Brewhouse Sauces are a line of unique hot sauces, mustards, BBQ sauces, and easy-to-make marinades and dressings created by your friendly local spice enthusiasts here at Old Town Spice Shop. The saucy part is that they’re all made with local craft beers.

And get this…we’ll be unveiling more sauces throughout the upcoming year. We currently have 3-4 recipes nearly finished with a lot of fun, new, and tasty flavors each with corresponding local lore. So stay tuned.

Get the scoop below on each of our tasty sauces and choose which suits you best!

Sauces

 

Jack Slade’s Revenge – Jack Slade was a Stage Master of Virginia Dale, CO and a notorious gunslinger. Just as notorious is our hot sauce, crafted using Bock from Gilded Goat Brewing Company and sweetened with pineapple; this Carolina Reaper sauce definitely brings the heat.

Robbers Roost Hot Sauce – Robbers Roost was a notorious hideout for outlaws in the 1860’s. Possibly where $60,000 in army payroll gold was buried after being stolen by six masked outlaws. Our sauce is crafted using Irish Red from Maxline Brewing. Add this sauce to eggs, meat, or veggies to bring a subtle, flavorful heat.

Beer Jelly

NoCo Beer Jelly – Delicious served with a variety of meats and cheeses or used as a glaze for roasting pork or chicken. The flavor of each beer jelly is true to the style of beer used.

Oils and Vinegars

Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil – This oil has low bitterness, is moderately pungent, and is the perfect for dressing salad greens or dipping spices. Milled from 100% California grown olives.

Premium Balsamic Vinegar – This balsamic vinegar offers a richness and depth of flavor, this balsamic vinegar is great with a salad, drizzled over fruit, or with dipping spices.

Marinades


Balsamic Honey Marinade
– A savory marinade with a touch of honey sweetness that results in tender juiciness. Simply add 3 oz hot water to contents and shake well. Then add 6 oz cooking oil and shake well. Marinate chicken, pork, or beef for 3-4 hours.

Garlic Herb Marinade – You’ll want to try this robust, Italian flavored marinade that makes a great alternative to bottled dressings. This one is especially delicious used with flank steak or london broil. It will liven up any type of grilled protein or veggie.

Sesame Soy Ginger Marinade – A simple, yet delicious and versatile marinade that gives distinctive Asian flavor to chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or veggies.

Mustards

 

Auntie Stone’s Mustard – Named after Elizabeth “Auntie” Stone, one of the founding mothers of Fort Collins, this tasty mustard is crafted using Guinness Extra Stout and can be spread on a bratwurst, added to deviled eggs or enjoyed on a sandwich.

Sleeping Giant Spicy Mustard – Legend tells of a sleeping giant that was cut down to access the Valley of Contentment, creating what is now known as Horsetooth Rock. This spicy mustard is crafted using Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Dunkel Lager, Fearless Youth and is fantastic for spicing up any sandwich, pork chop, or bratwurst.

BBQ Sauce

 

The Fair Store Bourbon BBQ – Named for Bootlegger, Frank Miller, this BBQ sauce is perfect for chicken, pulled pork, or slow cooked ribs. Sweet, with a hint of smoke and a buttery finish.

There you have it, our entire line of Brewhouse Sauces. Try one or try them all. All of our Brewhouse hot sauces, mustards, marinades and dressings are for sale online and in our Spice Store in Fort Collins, CO.

Old Town Spice Shop Holiday Gift Guide

Can you feel it? It’s almost palpable. The holidays are just around the corner! It’s a magical time of year, but we also know that there’s a lot to do to make sure you’re ready for everything that this season entails. However, when it comes to making your holidays tasty, you can leave that to Old Town Spice Shop in Fort Collins, CO, your friendly and local herbs and spices store. If you plan on making a Holiday feast of epic proportions or delicious holiday sweet treats, let us help!

Our spices are much fresher than those found in the grocery store or from most places online. We do our best to purchase spices in their whole form and grind them in our local warehouse so that you get the most out of your spices and so that your recipes taste amazing. Our local spice shop is here to make your Holidays less stressful and more enjoyable.

Here are a few of our Holiday items that you’ll want to make sure you have on your Christmas list or might be the perfect gift idea for the foodie in your life. Check it out:

Cocoa The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without our tasty, warm Old Town Spice Shop hot cocoa. Did you know that our cocoa is single origin cocoa from Ecuador and processed through one vendor to ensure the highest quality standards are being met? We add milk, sugar, and other mouth-water flavors to create cocoa masterpieces like chai spices cocoa, Mexican hot cocoa, and salted caramel cocoa to name a few. Make the perfect warm beverage to keep out the chill this Holiday season and get you in the yuletide mood. Check out our cocoa selection in our online spice store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SugarsIf you have sugar plum fairies dancing in your head this holiday season make sure to check out our selection of gourmet sugars and take your cooking and baking to the next level! We carry over a dozen essential cane sugars that are infused with flavors such as raspberry, maple, vanilla bean, strawberry, and tons of others. These sweet treats are perfect for adding a little flare to baked goods, cocktails, coffee, or even your morning oatmeal. We also offer savory infusions, such as sweet onion sugar, which make great glazes on grilled meat. Our chili sugars make fantastic additions to any chocolate dessert, such as brownies or ice cream. Order your sugars in our online spice shop or come into our local spice shop in Fort Collins, CO – they make the perfect stocking stuffers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift BoxesOur spices, blends, teas, extracts, sugars, and salts make the perfect gift this Holiday Season. We’ve put together some great combinations to suit any palate and cooking ability. These gift baskets make the perfect gift for that person in your life who seems to have everything!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift Bags – Or if you’re looking for a delicious idea for a gift exchange or house party gift, consider one of our gift bags. Priced around $10 these are perfect as a small gift for the food and spice lover in your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopped Up CoffeeHappen to have a beer-lover or coffee-lover on your Christmas list? We’ve got you covered. Peruse our unique line of Hopped Up Coffee, coffee infused with hops, malted barley, and spices to mimic different beer styles. Fresh roast coffee with hints of the malted barley? Yes please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer JellyJelly + Beer = Bliss. Try our delicious beer jelly made with local craft beers! Delicious served with a variety of meats and cheeses or used as a glaze for roasting pork or chicken. For a really special treat, try our Hard Cider Jelly. Crafted using Summit Hard Cider & Perry Company’s Campfire Hard Cider, this jelly is perfect for adding to toast or using in savory cooking for a lovely glaze. You can also spread it on cheese and pair with crackers for a tasty treat to accompany your beer. A terrific gift for any beer lover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brewhouse SaucesSauces, mustards, marinades, BBQ’s, and oils….oh my! Check out our line of awesome Brewhouse Sauces made with local craft beers and you’ll be whipping up tasty treats in no time. They’re also fantastic gift ideas for the foodie on your Holiday list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BlendsOne of the most fun things about spices is blending them together to make new and delicious flavor combinations. The possibilities are endless, especially during the Holiday Season. At Old Town Spice Shop we offer everything from popcorn seasonings and dip mixes, to curries and other international blends to bring flavors from around the world to your table. There are numerous exclusive blends that you will only find in Old Town Spice Shop, so come on down and peruse today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SaltsLet’s add some flavor to this Holiday Season, shall we? At Old Town Spice Shop we carry more than 15 different natural salts with various flake sizes and flavors, making them perfect to add a beautiful finish and texture to any dish. We also carry more than 25 salts that have been infused with different flavors. We have the right salt to add a unique flavor to almost any dish, whether you’re looking for smokey applewood, fiery ghost pepper, or earthy spanish rosemary. We’ve got your Holiday cooking covered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you have it, our tastiest and most holiday-tacular gift ideas. If you’re out and about shopping, make sure to swing by our local spice shop to make sure you’ve got everything on your list. Or if you’re not in the area, check out our online spice store to stock up on Holiday gifts and items for your pantry year-round.

Thanksgiving Side Dish Round Up

Happy Thanksgiving! Do you know what you’re going to be serving up? If you’re still waiting for some last minute inspiration, here it is. Throughout the month of November, we’ve been featuring a number of our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. In this series, we listed an array of delicious recipes that use a selection of our fresh quality spices and herbs. Our hope was to pull you out of your Turkey Day rut and encourage you to try something new, tasty, and inspired from your local spice shop.

Here is a quick recap of each recipe including our Fall Apple Chutney, Spice Roasted Chickpeas, and Beer Jelly Spread Over Crackers.

Fall Apple Chutney

This spicy and sweet seasonal side dish is a colorful and flavorful addition to any Thanksgiving spread. Used as a condiment with turkey or spread over a block of cream cheese and served with crackers, this Old Town Spice Shop favorite will soon become one of your favorites, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spice Roasted Chickpeas

Make room for a tasty little snack that will deliciously hold your guests over until the main course makes its appearance. Our spice roasted chickpeas are so easy, you’ll have time for an extra glass of wine or to sit down and watch the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer Jelly Spread Over Crackers

Here’s a lovely appetizer that will hold your guests over until the big meal. Our Old Town Spice Shop Beer Jelly Spread over crackers with a soft cheese, perhaps from one of our favorite local cheese shops, The Welsh Rabbit. Just make sure not to eat too many. You need to save room for the turkey after all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From everyone here at Old Town Spice Shop, we hope you have a lovely and delicious Thanksgiving meal with your friends and family. We invite everyone to taste the difference that fresh spices and herbs, blends, seasoning, teas and other products can make in your life. Take this opportunity to smell, taste, ask questions and have an adventure as you get to know the finest local spice shop in Northern Colorado. And don’t forget the gift of culinary creativity this Holiday Season. Old Town Spice Shop has the best Holiday gifts for foodies and food lovers around.