Category Archives: Spices

McCormick Extract Flavors

extract flavorsMcCormick is a company which specializes in spices.  In particular, they have a line of Extract Flavors which you can find in supermarkets and convenience stores.  These extracts are used in baking and cooking to enhance the food and to help add the subtle flavor of an extra ingredient that you may or may not have in your recipe. Their line includes both “imitation” and “Pure” extracts and are priced accordingly. Many cooks will only use the “pure” variety, citing the fact that the imitations are not as strong, rich nor as flavorful. There are others however that have found that the imitation line is quite good. The general concensus however is when in doubt, for the best flavor, go with the “pure” extract.

Flavors in their line include:

Raspberry Extract
Root Beer Concentrate
Pure Anise Extract
Pure Almond Extract
Pure Coffee Extract
Pure Lemon Extract
Pure Orange Extract
Pure Mint Extract
Pure Peppermint Extract
Pure Vanilla Extract
Imitation Maple
Imitation Rum
Imitation Strawberry
Imitation Vanilla Butter & Nut
Baker’s Imitation Vanilla
Cinnamon Extract
Imitation Almond Extract
Imitation Banana Extract
Imitation Butter
Imitation Coconut Extract
Imitation Hazelnut

Stevia Flavors

Stevia is a plant that is well known for the natural sweetness of its leaves. It is often used as a substitute for sugar in anything that requires sugar since the extract can have up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar and does not have the negative effects sugar has – fewer calories and is more healthy!

This natural sugar alternative is becoming more and more popular, and you can even find bags of stevia in some supermarkets. You can also find Liquid Stevia drops that you can purchase. While Stevia is very good in its own natural state, you can find a variety of flavors to choose from. Here’s a listing of some of the different varieties available:

liquid-stevia-dropsLiquid Stevia Flavors

  • Chocolate Raspberry
  • Berry
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Apricot Nextar
  • English Toffee
  • Grape
  • Hazelnut
  • Lemon Drop
  • Root Beer
  • Vanilla Cream
  • Valencia Orange

Sweetleaf Sweet Drops Flavors

  • Berry
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate Raspberry
  • Coconut
  • Cola
  • Cinnamon
  • Grape
  • Lemon Drop
  • Hazelnut
  • Apricot Nectar
  • English Toffee
  • Peppermint
  • Root Beer
  • Valencia Orange
  • Watermelon
  • Vanilla Creme

Stevia Facts

  • Also goes b the names: sweetleaf and sugar leaf
  • Natual Sweetner
  • Plant is native to Mexico, South America, and Central America
  • Few calories

How to Grow Stevia

Many gardners will tell you the best way to grow stevia is to purchase the plant already grown – you can purchase young stevia plants from nurseries. Typically nurseries will only stock them at the appropriate time in the spring.

You can also purchase stevia seeds from many online seed or gardner stores. Many people claim that stevia is notoriously difficult to grow from seed as germination is slow and sporadic and the plants are very sensitive. The important thing is to find a seed supply store with quality stevia seeds. The seeds will be very tiny.

Seeds should be sprinkled on top of moist soil with a thin layer of soil on top. Since the seeds are so finicky, it is recommended to grow them in a controlled environment vs. out in the open ground. Many gardners recommend starting them under grow lights to get the best result. After approximately 10 – 14 days, the seeds will germinate – they will be very tiny. You’ll want to keep them moist, however not too moist, as these tiny seedlings can be easily dampened out.

Good luck!

Classic popular spices!

Spices have been used by people for thousands of years and are widely known to enhance the flavor of whichever food you choose to mix the spice into. The flavor that the food will take will be the flavor of the spice that you decide to put into your meal.

Some popular classic spices are listed below some of which can be used to a dinner preparation while others might be better used in a dessert.

Chili Powder
Ground Cinnamon
Curry Powder
Garlic Salt
Italian Seasoning
Onion Salt
Ground Turmeric
Crushed Red Pepper

Some people choose to use spices in other manner too! For instance, cinnamon, can be sprinkled in small amounts into your morning coffee grounds so that you get the extra kick of spice! This is especially a nice treat during the holidays as it can bring a holiday flavor to you life!

salt flavor mine

Salt is probably one of the most if not the most important flavoring tools used in cooking. Although too much salt can ruin a meal there is only one flavor of salt as it does not come in other flavors.

One of the world’s largest salt mines where salt is coming from is located at The Sifto Salt Mine in Canada. This salt mine provides salt for many different human uses including; table salt, salt for wintery icy roads, and even salt for pool systems.

The salt mine is located underground where it can be extracted using different methods, however, the most popular method is by blasting with explosives.


Spice Classics

Spice classics is the brand name of a good line of spices that you can buy in your local supermarket.  The Spice Classics line has all flavors of spices including: Seasoned Salt, Garlic Powder, Italian Seasoning, Crushed Red Pepper, Dill Weed, Cream of Tartar, Sage, Celery Seed, and more.  The Spice Classics line actually really has almost every type of spice for seasoning, and their prices are very competitive.