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A Lovely Easter Salmon: Spice for Salmon

spice for salmonThere’s nothing we love more than a delicious holiday meal shared with our loved ones. Luckily, we’ve got Easter Sunday dinner on the horizon, which has got us thinkingwhat’s our favorite Easter dinner meal? Well, aside from the more traditional options like ham, lamb, or roasted chicken, we highly recommend a lovely Easter Sunday salmon!

We believe that nothing says spring, or Easter Sunday, quite like an easy glazed salmon served with a side of springy veggies like asparagus or roasted baby carrots. Your friends and family will be drooling as soon as you pull your perfectly prepared salmon out of the oven and the tantalizing smells waft into the air.

So what spice for salmon is best? When it comes to seasoning your salmon, our go-to Old Town Spice Shop spice blends are our Mango Chipotle and Red Mountain Blend. Our Mango Chipotle is a sweet, citrusy, and spicy rub that seals in the heat, creating a perfect and delectable glaze. Or you may want to try our Red Mountain Blend. This sweet chili-flavored blend playfully balances paprika and sumac, creating a unique smokey flavor. You can also add it to chicken, pork, or beef to create an array of tantalizing meat dishes.

We also tend to think that when feeding a crowd, the best way to prepare salmon is to bake it in the oven. It’s one of the most simple and lovely cuts of fish that you’ll ever see, therefore, we enjoy baking it in one huge chunk and pulling it out of the oven in all of its pink, glorious splendor. According to Delish.com, it’s still best to buy a fillet, just don’t worry about slicing it. They also suggest aiming for about a half pound per person, keeping in mind that salmon can be quite filling. And keep in mind that the size of the fillet will affect the baking time. For a three-pound fillet, it usually takes around 25 minutes.

You’ll want to cook your salmon at 350 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and grease with cooking spray. You may also want to add lemon slices in an even layer along the foil and then place your seasoned salmon on top. Add your delicious spice for salmon, bake until the salmon is cooked through, and don’t forget to garnish with parsley!

Mmmmmm…there you have it, the perfect and somewhat unexpected delicious Easter Sunday dinner. The perfect way to cap off a lovely day of Easter egg hunts and other such Eastery shenanigans. And don’t forget, if you’re on the lookout for more tasty holiday meal seasoning ideas, or any-time-of-the-year seasoning ideas, check out the Old Town Spice Shop website or come say hi to us at the shop. We’re your local spice shop and blend and seasoning experts.

 

The Food of Love: Italian Herbs and Spices

Italian Herbs and Spices“Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
It’s almost Valentine’s Day,
And we have just the Italian Herbs and Spices for you!”

So, just in case you live under a rock, Valentine’s Day is February 14, and if you don’t already have ideas brewing for how to express love for the special people in your life, we have a suggestion. How about a lovely homemade Italian meal? Okay, so before you start overthinking this, let us assuage your fears. Making a romantic dinner is a heartfelt way to say “I love you” without resorting to the overplayed flowers, candies, and gifts.

For centuries, food has played a very important role in love and relationships, especially Italian food. A number of the ingredients found in traditional Italian dishes are considered aphrodisiacs — foods that are said to have qualities that promote feelings of love and desire. According to Italian Food Forever, these “Foods of Love” include garlic, endive, fennel, cloves, tomatoes, nutmeg, chocolate, and more. We don’t know about you, but these sound like the perfect makings for a scrumptious Italian meal.

So, what better way to set the mood this Valentine’s Day than by preparing a tasty and romantic Italian meal with the help of your friends at Old Town Spice Shop and our fresh and delicious Italian Herbs and Spices? Some of our best-selling Italian Herbs and Spices are our dip mixes. Easier than making an entire meal from scratch, you can create a simple spin on an Italian picnic. Sprinkle on a plate, add olive oil, and bon appetit! Or you can make a flavorful pasta by adding some oil or butter and sprinkle our mixes directly into the pasta. Add your favorite protein and, voila, you have a full meal. Way to go!

“Some of the best Italian food in the world is simple,” explains Old Town Spice Shop owner Sean Godbey. “I find that most people overthink everything that goes into Italian food. You don’t have to slave in the kitchen for hours on end to make the perfect sauce. You can easily make a pasta with vegetables you already have laying around the kitchen. Just cook them up in butter or olive oil, and season with garlic, Greek oregano, sweet basil, a nice flaked salt, and for a touch of heat, our Calabrian chiles. Add a touch of acid, like lemon juice, and your family will love it! Buona mangiata!”

For more tasty ideas, make sure to swing by Old Town Spice Shop, your friendly local spice shop, and peruse our shelves for spices, spice blends, salts, and anything else you’ll need to create the culinary masterpiece that you’ve been dreaming about — Italian or not. Or visit us online at www.oldtownspiceshop.com. Because after all, “il cibo é l’essenza della vita” — food is the essence of life!

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Bacon Salt

What’s the next best thing for bacon lovers aside from wrapping all of your food in strips of delicious, thick-cut bacon? Well, our Old Town Spice Shop Bacon Salt, of course! If you love the taste of bacon in all of its salty and porky glory, we totally understand. That’s why our specialty bacon salt is one of our bestsellers. We can help you make ALL THE THINGS taste like bacon without the added fat of actual bacon. See, it’s a win-win.

Our vegetarian-friendly and kosher certified Bacon Salt is a salt for both bacon lovers and those just looking for that new unique flavor to add to your standard dishes. This salt captures that sweet, smoky bacon flavor and adds just a pinch of heat at the end. You can use our Bacon Salt to flavor otherwise sad, baconless dishes like eggs, french fries, chips, or salads. Or you can try it when creating any of these dishes below that are simply crying out to have our Bacon Salt added to them.

Baked Potatoes – Nothing adds a mouth-watering pop of flavor to your standard baked potato the way that Bacon Salt does. Sprinkle it over the top of your potato and let our salt take care of the rest.

Hamburgers – When mixing up your next batch of hamburger meat, toss in some Bacon Salt and watch your standard burger transform into a gourmet grilling dreamboat.

Tofu – Okay, just go with us here…cut up strips of tofu, sprinkle on the Bacon Salt, and saute to create a tasty new twist on tofu. You’re welcome.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – Grilled cheese sandwiches are basically prime for adding any sort of additional and unique flavor. Bacon Salt and grilled cheese sandwiches are a match made in epicurean heaven.

Salad Dressings and Marinades – Toss a bit of our tasty Bacon Salt in your next vinaigrette or marinade and up the ante of your next meal.

These are just a few ideas when it comes to incorporating more bacon-y goodness into your life. Just make sure to create these bacon delicacies using our tasty and tempting Old Town Spice Shop Bacon Salt. And sprinkle any of the other delicious salts from your favorite local spice shop on your favorite dishes and see how fresh, quality flavor can transform your life. 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!

Holiday Shopping Guide: Herbs and Spices and Everything Nice

herbs and spicesWith the holidays quickly approaching, you’re probably currently working through your holiday shopping list and checking it twice. In this case, we recommend herbs and spices and everything nice for your loved ones this year. When it comes to the most special people in your life, there’s nothing more satisfying than giving the perfect gift—something useful, fun, and a little unexpected. That’s exactly what we’ve got for you here at Old Town Spice Shop, your favorite local spice shop.

Here is a holiday gift guide with fun gift suggestions created for those dearest to you, who are often the hardest to shop for—Mom and Dad, or your mom and dad equivalent. It seems like they already have just about everything they need, and when asked what they want, you can’t seem to nail down a decisive answer. Well, wonder no more.

Mom

When it comes to holiday shopping for Mom, a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year is of the utmost importance. After all, she’s quite down to earth and likely already has a plethora of old holiday gifts that are just taking up space and attracting dust at this point in time. There’s nothing Mom will love more than being fully stocked with all the necessary cooking and baking essentials she’ll need for whipping up all of the culinary delights that her heart desires throughout the New Year. Consider gifting her fresh, quality extracts and sugars, herbs and spices, and blends and seasonings. We also carry a lovely array of teas, from fruit tea to chai to oolong, and our favorite, Winter Blend Tea. She’ll be set and ready to rock it in the kitchen in 2019, thanks to you…*insert big, wet, appreciative kiss.

Dad

We get it. It’s a fact. Holiday shopping for Dad can be a challenge. If you’re struggling with holiday gift ideas for dear old Dad, have no fear; we’ve got it covered. Here’s a few for starters: grilling spices (you might want to check out our Grill Master Gift Box, which comes complete with an array of tasty dry rubs and marinades); our line of Brewhouse Sauces, including our unique hot sauce, mustard, BBQ sauces or NoCo Beer Jelly; and you may also want to check out our lineup of spicy peppers and chilis to help spice up his holidays, or one of our tasty smoked salts!

These are just a few culinary-themed ideas to grease your wheels and give you a bit of inspiration. Herbs and spices and everything nice is one way to let Mom and Dad—or anybody else on your list—know that you’re thinking about them and want to gift them something unique, useful, tasty, and fun. Swing by the shop and let us help you pick out the perfect holiday gift for anybody on your list, or visit us online at www.oldtownspiceshop.com.

Small Business Saturday Snapshot: Old Town Spice Shop, Your Local Spice Shop

local spice shopAromatic smells and contented smiles have been rolling out of Old Town Spice Shop, your local spice shop, since 2010. In fact, December 3, 2010, is when the shop first opened its doors in its previous location at 220 Linden Street. Since that time, there has been a move to our current location at 130A S. College Ave., right in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins. There has also been no shortage of tasty morsels, savvy spice know-how, and delicious creations as a result of the freshness and quality of the spices, blends, seasonings, and other products available at our shop.

One thing that sets us apart is that we’re an independently owned Fort Collins spice shop. It was opened by the Godbey Family because of their love for the community, for Colorado, and for fresh and tasty spices. And now with Small Business Saturday Fort Collins just around the corner on Saturday, November 24, we’d like to take a moment and sit down with owner and manager Sean Godbey to chat about all things Old Town Spice Shop.

Q: Your family moved to Colorado in 1985. Where is your family originally from?

SG: Phoenix, AZ. I moved here when I was 1.

Q: What brought the family out to Colorado?

SG: My parents wanted a good place for us to grow up in a smaller city. CSU was an attraction as well.

Q: How are your spices tailored to the Colorado way of life?

SG: We do our best to tailor what we make to how people cook in Colorado. A lot of people like to cook from the land, so spices that are great with vegetables. Also, spices that help highlight the agricultural background of the area, so making sure we have great rubs for everything you would do with meat. People also like things spicy. So we make sure we can bring the heat when people want it!

Q: Have you always been interested in spices?

SG: I have always loved spices, but when we started this business we had a huge learning curve. I learned a lot about spices in the first year we opened. I still learn new things every day and I love it!

Q: Are you a good cook?

SG: I like to think I am. But like anyone, I have my areas I am most comfortable in. The one area that I need the most help with is baking. Luckily, my wife is a great baker, so I don’t have to be 🙂

Q: What is your favorite thing/dish to cook?

SG: My go-to favorite meal to cook and eat is hot wings. However, I love to cook a new recipe, and then change the recipe the next time I make it to make it better. Even after 15 years of trying to master hot wings, I still change the recipe every once in a while.

Q: What is your favorite spice aroma?

SG: Aroma is a funny thing. It stimulates the brain in a way that it can immediately take you back in time. For me, cardamom is one of my favorites. It reminds me of taking trips to the Middle East, sitting in coffee houses drinking Turkish Coffee. Prior to opening Old Town Spice Shop, I worked for a church here in Fort Collins. I had good friends that lived there, and I would go visit them on mission trips.

Q: Do you have an all-time favorite spice?

SG: No, there are too many fun spices in the world. I have my go-to spices for different things, but really most of the time I like trying new things.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of owning Old Town Spice Shop?

SG: Sharing fun new things. We get to work with customers every day wanting to make their life better through flavor. We get to help them figure out what to use to make that happen.

Q: What is it like being a small business owner in Fort Collins?

SG: Great! The community of small business owners downtown is amazing. Owning and managing a small business can be daunting at times. What is great is that there is always someone else that has gone through something similar who is willing to give you ideas on how to make it better.

Q: Where do you see OTSS in the next five years? Ten years?

SG: Our store isn’t going anywhere. We are lucky enough to have great relationships with numerous businesses throughout our community. I hope that in five to ten years we will be able to grow those relationships to continue to make Fort Collins better.

Q: What are your favorite customer interactions?

SG: When I work the store, I love seeing customers that have come in for years. I also love when new customers come in and are overwhelmed with options or get super excited about all the things they want to cook.

This is just a small snippet into the heart and soul of your local spice shop, Old Town Spice Shop. With the holidays rapidly approaching, now is the most important time of the year to head to Downtown Fort Collins and support local businesses, like us, Old Town Spice Shop. Remember to #ShopSmall this Holiday Season and come say hi! We invite everyone to taste the difference that fresh spices, blends and seasonings, teas, sugars, extracts, and other products can make in your life.

Hopped Up Coffee: A Craft Coffee for Beer Lovers

As you probably already know, we love a steaming hot cup of coffee here at Old Town Spice Shop. And we also like nothing better than a tasty local brew, so we decided to combine the two into our very own line of specialty coffees called Hopped Up Coffee. Hopped Up Coffee is a single-origin coffee, with blended Cascade hops, and various malted barley to add the texture and sweetness of various beer styles.

We’re proud to collaborate with Jackie’s Java, Northern Colorado’s coffee roaster, to ensure that the coffee we use is fairly purchased from the farmer, single-origin, and roasted to our specifications. We also gather inspiration from a number of awesome local breweries, including New Belgium, Odell, Horse & Dragon, Purpose Brewing, DC Oakes, Intersect, Maxline, Zwei and others, for mouthwatering flavor ideas.

While we may be pioneering the realm of beer-infused coffee, craft coffee has been gaining popularity for years. According to MarketWatch, similar to craft beers, “Craft coffee refers to the pursuit of making a cup of high-quality coffee, while also engaging consumers in the story of the coffee…by experimenting with bringing out different flavor nodes to make a cup of black coffee taste more nuanced.”

While we enjoy the much-needed and proverbial kick in the pants that coffee provides, coffee is no longer solely consumed just for the jolt of energy. Consumers are seeing it as an overall experience to be enjoyed. From the grinding of the beans to the aroma, to the roasting and brewing philosophy, people are learning about what’s in their cup and are enjoying this new-found relationship with their morning cup o’ joe.

We get it. As your trusted local spice shop, we understand that eating, drinking, and creating culinary creations are adventures to be experienced and enjoyed, and this applies to coffee as well. This is precisely why we’ve decided to merge two of our favorite flavors—coffee and beer—in a revolutionary new way.

And now that fall is officially here, we’d also like to unveil our new seasonal Hopped Up Coffee, our Pumpkin Ale Coffee! Bringing the delicious flavor of fall to your morning, our Pumpkin Ale Coffee is a tasty combination of freshly roasted coffee, malted barley, hops, and a hint of pumpkin spice. This seasonal selection is only available throughout the month of October. It’s autumn in a cup, and you’re going to love it.

While craft coffee and craft beer might be buzzwords (buzz…get it?), the idea behind the craft revolution is something that this local spice shop can completely get behind. Striving to understand the story behind our morning or afternoon cup of coffee and turning it into an overall experience—now that sounds like a brew-tiful sentiment!

Come on into the Old Town Spice Shop, a local independent Fort Collins Spice Shop at 130A S. College in Old Town Fort Collins, to check out our selection of Hopped Up Coffees and perhaps take a whiff of their mouthwatering aromas. Or order online here.

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!

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.