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Also great on Fish, Pork, Potato wedges, cheese on toast, fried eggs. This really is an all purpose seasoning. Lightly smoked with a Tuscan almost Cajun taste
Lightly smoked sea salt, basil, oregano, garlic, chilli, sesame seed.
The addition of seasoning plain food can turn something ordinary into something fantastic and I am glad that SpiceCraft Chicken Salt rocks manages to do this very well. This product consists of Sea salt, Basil, Oregano, garlic, chilli, pepper, thyme, sumac and sesame seeds all in an easy to use grinder. I Chopped up some potatoes and kumara into Fries and wedge-shaped pieces and placed them into a tray and ground the Chicken Salt Rock mix over the lot. The grinder isn't adjustable but the consistency it ground down comes out pretty close to how I prefer it anyway.
After the chips had cooked I served them out to all the kids and myself and found that everyone loved the flavour and there were no moans of it being spicy. The blend of the Spices and herbs used bode very well together and complement each over in the taste. The blend is very versatile and can be used with so much and seems to always pair very well. I have had this salt now on casseroles, soups, roasts and salads because it goes well with almost anything. It is gluten free, dairy free, contains no msg and is made here locally in New Zealand. When you look into the grinder you can see the rock salt is the dominating component but the other Spices and herbs look very even and mixed in very well.
This is a product I can see myself using over and over and when it runs out I will be looking at getting a refill or new grinder because there are so many more dishes that I would love to use this on. I recommend this to anyone who likes trying new flavours or experimenting with their meals.
I do so love a tasty seasoning thrown over a range of dishes, and looking at the ingredient list I figured this one was going to be pretty tasty to me, and I was right! Supplied in an easy to use grinder, you get a generous portion of the mix and it's very versatile. I would have liked the grinder to be one of the designs that allow you to adjust the size of the ground granules - you can get grinders that have settings for 2 or 3 from ultra-fine, fine, medium and course - but I will gladly agree that the results were as visually appealing as they were tasty.
I tried this salt on tomato sandwiches and was highly impressed by how it enhanced the flavour - I could taste the garlic and basil easily, could feel the chilli's slight heat and the salt amplified all the other flavours. I also loved the way it looked, providing a beautiful visual texture... at least until I slapped the bread on top. If you were taking a plate to a BBQ or something, you would get positive reactions from something even as simple as crackers topped with tomato and cheese and a good grind of this.
As an experiment, during one of the colder nights recently, I put a generous grind of this on top of a bowl of spicy pumpkin soup - one I know the normal flavour of anyway, and often use as a benchmark to test seasonings - and found that it lifted the soup to a new level of tastiness. If I had the room, I could have easily gone for a second helping.
Today, after being inspired to use up some leftover mince and a can of beans that I found at the back of the pantry, I made some chilli con carne which I served over oven-baked fries. Topped with a generous grind of this seasoning, it was a true delight to eat and again I found myself craving a second helping, despite feeling full. It was beautifully washed down by a bottle of feijoa and lime flavoured cider, which added a nice semi-sweet, semi-tart note to the meal which complemented the chilli and garlic aspects of the salt.
Overall, this is a flavour combo that really, really works. It can be used in so many ways, I am sure, and I think I shall have to keep it in mind next time I am attending a food show - because the idea of getting a good deal on a bulk buy of refill packs makes me very happy. The price is actually quite good for what you are getting, but it's going to put off the casual buyer... until they try it of course.
Chicken salt rocks sounded very appealing to me when looking through the review items, and so I requested to try them and delightfully found them in my review box when I opened it.
It was close to lunchtime, so I decided to strike while the iron was hot and try the salt rocks on my lunch, which that day was avocado on corn thins. Usually I would just have salt and pepper so thought this sounded a lot more appealing and yum!
The container itself is simply labelled, and it came with a little sheet showing some more of the products and also what dishes/ flavours are most suited to which variety of salt rocks or seasoning by SpiceCraft. I was happy to see it has no MSG and is dairy and gluten free. Another plus is that it is refillable with a wee pouch when you run out - which I find great, as every less bit of plastic in the landfill is great. Worth a big mention is that it is NZ made - a HUGE plus in my book. The ingredients are also listed on the back side of the container and its shelf life - in this case about 2 years.
You can clearly see the contents in the container, and noticing that the chilli was the first noted ingredient, I was a little worried as to how hot is was going to be.... but I need not of worried -the chilli adds a little pizazz to the taste, but is not overpowering - my taste buds totally approve. I liberally spread avocado on my corn thin crackers and ground a little bit of the chicken salt rocks over the top. I liked the look of it topping my avocado as well as the taste! You can see flashes of colour from the chillis, as well as a good mix of herbs and salt. It was a wonderful addition and was absolutely delicious. It made avo on corn thins go from yum to YUM!.
As there are a few mixes like this on the market, I have to say I was delighted to find one that is on the less expensive side, but still packs a good amount of flavour, it certainly does not taste like a cheaper one!
I really think that these chicken salt rocks are very versatile - I used them topping avocado or tomato, added it to scrambled eggs, put it over cubed fried potatoes and on a chargrilled chicken fillet. I also don't think it would stop there - and I am definitely going to be trying it out, and searching out the other flavours to try !!
Spice is a very individual matter - that is why this chicken salt can be used either as part of a marinade or as a condiment used in place of regular salt at the table. Or both! I tried it out myself to decide how well it worked as a seasoning mix before introducing it to our niece and her family. After using it shaken over a purchased packet of fish and chips (having specified that I did not want any salt added when I ordered it), and then using it in a cold roast beef and capsicum sandwich, I had worked out that it reminded me of a good home-made stuffing mix with the added bonus of the slight sting from the chilli.
Our niece has two boys (aged five and six), both of whom are growing fast and love their food, so it seemed a good idea to try it out on them. We had some chicken and an assortment of vegetables, so we started by sprinkling a good tablespoon of the salt on to the surface of the chicken fillets before wrapping them round halved asparagus sticks. While the chicken and asparagus were poaching, we prepared some carrots, snap peas, and baby beetroot, and mashed some potatoes.
The aroma from the oven was quick to fill the kitchen, prompting the boys to tell us every couple of minutes how hungry they were! Even the grown-ups were more than ready to eat when the meat was finally cooked. It did not take long at all, but of course it always seems longer when you are waiting, and two starving little people are demanding their dinner RIGHT NOW! Once the food was dished up, the children settled to theirs and peace ruled while the rest of us attacked ours.
Reactions were certainly positive. Mr Five objected when he encountered a piece of chilli which had got itself separated from the chicken, but Mr Six told him only babies thought chilli was too hot and he should just get over himself! Mr Five had no intention of being considered to be a baby, so he stuffed his mouth with potato and carried on! Meanwhile, Mr Six had eaten his share at top speed and was asking if there was any more before the rest of us were even half way through our own portions.
As I had expected, the adults added a sprinkling to their dinner once it was on their plates. It proved a very popular addition to the mashed potato, not only making it tastier, but also ensuring that it looked more attractive. The occasional piece of chilli did not bother anyone, although my niece said she would have preferred less of it and more of the garlic and Italian herbs as she felt it masked the other flavours.
I intend to try it next time with a chicken supreme, adding mashed potato with kumara or garlic breadcrumbs on top before browning the dish in the oven. My niece said she would like to have it with steamed fish as that can be rather bland, so I will leave the container with her for a few days so she can try it. As for the children, they both liked it and Mr Five was very proud of himself - he announced that he was a big boy now because he could eat chilli!
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