Now you can season like a real foodie or masterchef, without having to buy loads of expensive, exotic ingredients or wait for time-consuming wet marinades. Within minutes your favourite cut of beef, steak, chicken, lamb, pork, salmon, seafood and vegetables will be ready to barbecue, roast, pan fry, grill or bake. Out on the bbq or in the kitchen, just drizzle some oil, sprinkle and massage in Raptor Rubs and 5 minutes later you're ready to cook.
• No MSG
• No artificial colours, additives or preservatives.
• Gluten free
• Nut and dairy free
• Suitable for vegans and vegetarians
• Made In New Zealand
An amazing all round superstar for sprinkling over roast & grilled vegetables, white fish, pork, scrambled eggs, hot chips - use on everything you would normally season with salt!
Ingredients: Freshly ground and small batch blended from the highest quality local and imported ingredients: NZ Kosher Sea Salt, Dill Weed, Cracked Black Pepper, Onion Flakes, Garlic, Herbs, Coriander Seeds, Cumin Seeds, Lemon Juice Powder, Spanish Smoked Paprika, Chili Flakes.
I was a bit unoriginal in my uses of this one initially as I tend to have a large assortment of "salts" already and I have favourite blends I buy constantly and use regularly so sometimes a new contender is a bit hard to work out what to do with. Also, we are trying to reduce our salt intake so this was a bit of a mixed blessing. It was a salty taste but you are tempted to add a fair bit and you do need to be careful not to overpower the base items. This worked best for me with vegetables that were cooked slower and I sprinkled lightly before cooking. It was a good potato mixer but don't go mad and use too much (again!). It didn't work as well as a sauce replacement for raw items and I didn't especially like it in salads but that was a stretch of an idea at the time to be fair. Probably would be great with chips but we have given those up
I liked the idea of adding it to egg and it zinged up an omelette nicely. Once I read the instructions it provided a few more suggestions but for me, I already have a lot of favourites to flavour most of those dishes so it was competing with some fairly strong tastes and this is a "subtle enhancer" in my view. I would possibly take this (in the lovely dispenser!) if I was off to the inlaws as they tend to cook a lot of bland foods and if I could smuggle this in it would help give them a quick lift. The dispenser lots great so I would, over time, work it into my selection but given we are trying to minimise the spices shelf this one might not make the cut for me personally immediately. So, in general, I would say - great with potato/egg and perfect if you are not confident with spicing things up but don't buy it unless you have used up your usual spice combinations.
Sometimes we all need that one product in the cupboard that we can put on anything, and I'm fairly confident that this Vegie salt sprinkle is it. There are a couple of suggested uses on the packaging, but to be honest I have tried this sprinkle on almost every dish I have cooked over the summer period and found it to be flavour enhancing to everything!
When grilling vegetables, I sprinkled some on top, when I was creating a vegetable bake, I added a sprinkle and when I was making vegetarian wraps, I added a little sprinkle as I had (Shock horror) run out of flavour enhancing sauces and it worked a treat. I even trialled it on roast beef, the combination of garlic, paprika, tumeric, and chilli, is subtle the blends flavour enhancing rather than overwhelming, and even members of the family who do not like spices enjoyed their meals with no complaints.
What was fantastic about having the vegie salt sprinkle on hand is that it is vegan friendly, which meant I cook whip up a meal for vegan members of the family with out any stress or extra effort. I have purchased a shaker of these for my eldest child, she has just moved out of home, so her spice cupboard is limited, and I feel confident that this will give her the opportunity to make tasty meals, with the limited resources that young people have. The only real negative I can find with this product is that it's not easy to purchase, currently it's not at supermarkets, I had to purchase from the local Mitre10, luckily for me it's a place I shop at regularly. At $10 a shaker it's value for money, my daughters shaker has been used daily for the last few weeks and it's still very full.
My kids can tell you that I enjoy using various garlic and herb salts and the like when cooking dinner, seeing this available I knew that I wanted to give it a try. Making pasta one night I got a craving for garlic bread, my go to when we have none is to grab some Farrah's wraps and add garlic butter to it and bake for a few minutes. With this lot I coated them in garlic butter and then sprinkled a very light amount to this vegetable salt sprinkle on them. I found one or two ended up slightly too salty but they were a big hit with my son and one of his friends who finished off all the leftover pieces.
I made a quiche for another dinner and decided to mix a little of this in instead of my usual vege stock cube. I did find that having added this, there was no need for salt on top, as it was salty enough without adding more but that the herbs and such didn't really add much to the dish. I did find I was stuck at a bit of a crossroad with this, use a bit too much and it was far too salty to the point of almost being unable to eat the food, add too little and we couldn't taste the herbs and such, which was a big shame as I would have loved being able to taste even a hint of them.
For the meals that I would use this in, it was too salty, sad to say I won't be buying this.
I find that salts and spice rubs can make the difference between an ok meal and something that makes me wish I had taken note of what exactly I used to make it taste wonderful. I almost forgot to add this to dinner one night which happened to be French toast so I sprinkled some on the top and eagerly took a bite and almost spat it right out again as all I could taste was pure salt.
Put my thinking cap on and decided to give scrambled eggs a go for the next night and to add the salt/rub into the mixture before cooking to see if that made a difference. It did, I actually liked it but the rest of the family gave it a thumbs down as the comments I got was "it was far too salty and I definitely don't like it" and a few others that were a bit more positive. I found that it was pleasant, not too salty and made the scrambled eggs taste nice instead of too bland.
I'm not sure how much is left as I didn't do the scrambled eggs but I'm sure I can find other ways to use any left overs. I would buy this again as I did like it but since I'm about the only one that did ti would hardly ever get used. I did not like the way it tasted when added after cooking but might try and experiment with how to sneak it into the dinner before cooking and see if the rest of the family slowly learn to appreciate it.
As soon as I saw Raptor rubs salt range I thought they looked like they would definitely be worthwhile trying. I have been looking at products that I can use to cut down on salt intake and I believe I have found one that works really well at not only still maintaining a salty taste but adding other flavour elements to the meals also. It's good to see products that are gluten-free and vegan-friendly because my partner is limited to the food she can eat having products like this available makes it easier for me to prepare meals she can also have.
Being New Zealand made is a big positive for me as I am always in favour of supporting local brands first and love to try things our country can provide. The first thing I used the vege salt sprinkle for was to season a mixture of roasted vegetables and was thoroughly satisfied with the flavour this mix supplied. I found it added an ample herb taste to all of the vegetables and was a hit with all the kids as well. Even the eldest daughter who cannot stand kumara enjoyed the different taste it provided.
My partner used this to add into meatballs for dinner as well and it added more character to the flavour of the meal and my youngest son who we struggle to get him to finish most dinners seemed to get through this with no problems or moans. We have since used this on wedges, homemade bread rolls and find it to be a great addition to many of our standard dinner's. We have used the entire bottle and have since been on the lookout to purchase more of this particular one and the other flavours in the range. The only gripe I really can come up with on this product is that it is more expensive than other similar products but is easily foreshadowed by the unique strong flavour I feel this brand succeeds with. I recommend this to anyone that likes adding new mixtures to their meals or is looking for a product that acts as a salt alternative.
So normally I wouldn't use salt on my food as we don't really need it. I have started using mixed herbs and we enjoy that for a lot of things, so when it was time to try out some raptor rubs I thought why not. I chose the vegie salt sprinkle as that sounded like it could go with more food options that the others. When I opened it, it gave off a lovely smell of salt and herbs, I love the smell of herbs.
When I first tried it, I thought to put it on roast veges for our roast and well eating it afterwards we thought it didn't work, we couldn't taste anything unless it was on the pumpkin. The next night I tried it again with left over roast meat and made a gravy and in that gravy I added the vegie salt and then a quick sprinkle over the meal once served on mash potato. Everyone really enjoyed dinner that night and noone could work out what I had added different. Had to try it again with the roast veges so I cut up some vegetables added some oil and rubbed the salt into the veges and left it like the back of the jar says, after a while I put them in the oven the kitchen started smelling really good of herbs and spices and the veges tasted really good, you could taste the lovely herbs and spices, which isnt too salty.
The next meal I tried out was a shepards pie cause I love these and always use mixed herbs for this. Tonight I changed it up and added raptor rub vegie salt sprinkle into the mince mixture, you could smell the flavours coming up out of the fry pan and fill the kitchen. Once all put together, added cheese on top then sprinkled the salt over the top of that. After baking in the oven, the flavours infused into the cheese and potato and gave the dish a new dimension and everyone enjoyed this dish.
What I love is this is gluten free, which means my oldest daughter can enjoy the new flavours aswell, its easy to use and the jar is large. I have done 5 meals so far and still have so much left, it says 18 serviings on the jar but I reckon I can get more out of it. I'm sure there are other ways I can use this, like hot chips since I like chicken salt on them, I can always give this one a try. Its much easier to use this that 4-5 different packets of spices and herbs and the mixed herb well sorry its out now, this taste so much better.
If I can get 18 meals or more out of 100g jar of this, then I would be happy to pay the price for a jar. It def value for money there is so much that it can be used for and enhance the meals with different flavours.
I had just used up the last of my Tuscan seasoning so the timing for this review could not have been better - while not exactly the same as the Tuscan blend, this product tastes very similar so I decided to try it out on the same dishes I would normally use for this combination of seasonings. As someone who has to go easy on the salt, I am always ready to try a product that combines salt with other seasonings so that you need less of it (and get enhanced flavour at the same time).
After taking that initial sniff and then sprinkling a little on my finger to taste, I knew that I was going to approve! You can actually smell the oregano above all else, and since that is one of my favourite herbs, I was ready to put it to the test. A plus for me was the size of the bottle. It is tall, so less likely to get lost on a cluttered shelf, and there is a generous 105g inside, so this puts the price in perspective. And the larger jar size means there is more room for printed information and you can read it without a magnifying glass. This is important as, among other things, there is information about allergens as well as a full list of the contents and their nutritional value.
I tested it out in half a dozen dishes, some prepared just for myself, and others for guests as well, but every single person who tried it (including me!) was 100% positive. I served it mixed with breadcrumbs to top a macaroni cheese which was then browned under a grill, stirred into partially baked vegetables (potato, kumara, pumpkin) which were then baked for a further 20 minutes to ensure the flavours were absorbed, and mixed with toasted sunflower seeds to top poached eggs. These three meals were all shared with at least one other person.
The other meals were single servings - goujons of fish with oven chips and a salad was my favourite. Well, you can't serve chips without salt, can you? This was such a good compromise. I also used it (mixed with grated cheese) to top a mug of tomato soup, and finally I got to rub it on something instead of sprinkling or stirring: a piece of Wiener schnitzel which needed something to liven it up before being grilled for my dinner.
I would like to say I will buy it again, but I am not sure when that will be. Six uses and I have still gone through only a fraction of the contents! Great taste, great value for money, and a must for anyone who is travelling and looking at preparing food in odd kitchens as you have pretty well all the condiments you need in a single bottle.
My partner and I love using spices and seasonings to flavour our meals, being on a budget, using spices and seasonings can really make "plain" meals really interesting. I've seen Raptor Rubs around and was keen to try these out.
Opening the bottle the first thing I noticed was just how appealing the smell is! I don't think there was one scent in particular that really stood out, it is a combination that smells frankly mouth watering and a little fancy. Rather than using this one on meat I thought I'd be a little bit different and first try it in scrambled eggs as suggested on the bottle. It really added a wonderful combination of flavours. Although it is vegetable salt, the salt is not overpowering in flavour and I could taste the lemon and chilli coming through. I also added it to mashed potatoes and again it gave it a really nice flavour lift. Also a really nice, healthier alternative to using butter to add flavour! My partner really enjoyed it also and I think we should have made more potatoes just to enjoy the seasoning. I'm thinking it will also be amazing as a seasoning on homemade wedges or chips.
Finally, I also like that a little bit seems to go a long way, you don't need to be heavy handed with the seasoning to get fantastic flavours through and because it's all premixed seasoning, it is convenient and saves time rather than mixing all my own spices to create a similar mix. Will definitely buy this in the future.
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