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SIZE: 6-8 OZ
Oolong Rolled or Long Leaf
*First soak for 30 seconds, flush then re-steep.
Don't forget that Spice and Tea Merchants has one of the largest selections of loose leaf teas, and we have the accessories to steep the perfect cup of tea! Stop into any of our locations to stock up on your favorite teas today!
Frittatas are Italian in origin, and are very similar to an open-face omelet or crustless quiche. One of the greatest things about frittata is their sheer versatility – they can be boiled down to a basic formula and then customized to suit your tastes!
~The Egg Mixture~
The average frittata uses 6-8 eggs, which is usually sufficient for 1-1/2 to 2 cups of additional ingredients (cheeses, meats, veggies). Additionally, a bit of dairy, such as whole milk or heavy cream, makes for a rich and creamy texture – for 6 eggs use 1/4 cup, and for 8 eggs use 1/3 cup.
In general, the additional ingredients (1-1/2 to 2 cups) going into the frittata need to be cooked beforehand. This helps to eliminate excess moisture, as too much will cause the frittata to become loose and prevent proper setup. Below are some common ingredients you’ll find in frittatas.
|Cheese, Cheddar||Italian Sausage||Swiss Chard|
|Cheese, Feta||Leeks||Tomatoes, Cherry|
|Cheese, Parmesan||Onion, Green (Scallions)|
~Spice & Tea Merchants Seasonings~
Many frittata recipes use very little in the way of seasonings – typically just a bit of salt & pepper. However, this doesn’t have to be the case! By adding 2 TSP to 1 TBSP of a Spice & Tea Merchants seasoning, you can provide fun and interesting flavors to your frittatas – check out some house favorites below!
|Basil Parmesan Pesto||Mushroom Mania|
|Black Truffle Sea Salt||Peppered Rosemary / Rosemary Rapture (salt-free)|
|Boater’s Blend||Roasted Garlic & Wild Mushroom|
|Creole Spice||Sesame Herb (salt-free)|
|Fire & Water Fire Rub (salt-free)||Smoked Tomato|
|Great Lakes Blend||Southwest Seasoning|
|Greek Seasoning with Feta||Tuscan Blend|
|Italian Romano||Voodoo Blend|
The types of ingredients and ways to season a frittata are nearly limitless. And with Easter right around the corner, serving up a variety of frittatas makes for a marvelous Easter brunch – create an assortment to pass around!
Here are several frittatas featuring fresh spring flavors:
The fun with frittatas doesn’t stop there, if you’re looking for more tasty options, try any of the following combinations:
Of course this only scratches the surface, experiment and see what you can create!
~Preparation and Cooking~
A cast-iron skillet is often preferred, but any nonstick pan or baking dish will do the trick. Also, be sure to use an appropriately sized skillet (ensures proper thickness and cooking) – for 6 eggs use an 8 inch pan, for 8 eggs use 10 inch pan.
To prepare the frittata, start by cooking your desired additional ingredients. Feel free to sprinkle a bit of seasoning on them as well.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Now combine the eggs, dairy, and seasoning into a bowl and beat until well incorporated.
Pour egg mixture and additional ingredients into an appropriately sized skillet, briefly stir to evenly distribute the mix, and then cook over medium heat until the edges can be pulled away from the pan (5-7 minutes).
Transfer the skillet to your oven and bake at 350 until the frittata sets (16-18 minutes).
Let cool, slice, serve, and enjoy!
~Frittata Formula Summary~
6 to 8 Eggs
1/4 to 1/3 Cup Whole Milk
2 TSP to 1 TBSP Desired Seasoning
1-1/2 to 2 Cups Additional Ingredients
-Cook the desired additional ingredients to remove excess moisture.
-Beat eggs, dairy, and seasoning until incorporated.
-Combine the egg mixture and cooked additional ingredients in an 8 to 10 inch skillet.
-Cook on stovetop over medium heat until the edges can be pulled away from the pan (5-7 minutes).
-Bake in the oven at 350 until set (16-18 min).
Did you know that there are teas that act medicinally to heal common ailments?
Spice Merchants offers over 175 different teas including green, white, black and oolong blends as well as pu-erh, chamomile, hibiscus, rooibos and turmeric teas.
GREEN TEA BENEFITS
Try our Caribbean breeze, green tropical or gunpowder tea.
WHITE TEA BENEFITS
Try our pineapple, meditative mind or champagne raspberry tea.
TURMERIC TEA BENEFITS
Try our turmeric ginger, turmeric comfort or turmeric cider tea.
BLACK TEA BENEFITS
Try our cinnamon spice, breakfast blend or moonlight earl grey tea.
OOLONG TEA BENEFITS
Try our coconut or pomegranate oolong teas.
HIBISCUS TEA BENEFITS
Try our watermelon cooler, dewy cherry or blood orange tea.
ROOIBOS TEA BENEFITS
Try our red rocks, turmeric ginger or African nectar tea.
PU-ERH TEA BENEFITS
Try our caramel dream or mocha pu-erh truffle tea.
CHAMOMILE TEA BENEFITS
Try our pink rose lemonade, chamomile citrus, cold comfort or blossom and berry tea.
If your health is important to you and you’re seeking alternative means of treatment, try some of Spice Merchants tea!
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What is Golden Milk? In a nutshell, it’s a Westernized version of a traditional Indian drink called haldi doodh, which features turmeric and milk as its main ingredients.
If you’re not familiar with turmeric, it’s a yellowish-orange colored rhizome with a prominent place in the spice world. It’s used in a wide variety of products, such as Indian curry blends, mustards, relishes, tangines, and even as a natural food coloring. Turmeric has a complex and intense woodsy flavor with floral, citrus, and ginger notes.
Additionally, turmeric contains a component called curcumin, which gives turmeric its signature yellowish-orange color. Curcumin has also been the focus of much medical discussion, as many health benefits are ascribed to it – notable its potency as an anti-inflammatory. There’re even some preliminary studies suggesting links between curcumin and its ability to regular blood sugar, prevent depression, reverse liver damage, and even treat Alzheimer’s. However, these studies haven’t demonstrated concrete results in humans yet.
If adding turmeric to your diet is something of interest to you, then that’s where Golden Milk comes in! To prepare this delightful concoction, simply follow the recipe below.
2 Cups regular milk or a non-dairy based milk, such as almond, cashew, coconut, pecan, or soy.
1 TBSP Honey Granules
1 TSP Turmeric
1/2 TSP Cinnamon (Korintje (regular) or Vietnamese (stronger))
1/4 TSP Ginger Powder
1/4 TSP Cardamom
1/8 TSP Ground Black Peppercorns
1. Blend together the black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric.
2. Add a small amount of the desired milk and stir to form a paste.
3. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat until hot but not boiling. Be sure to whisk lightly while heating until all ingredients are incorporated.
Optional: Add a dash of cayenne to heat things up!
For enhanced flavor and potency, try steeping one of the following delicious turmeric based herbal teas in the golden milk: Turmeric Chai, Turmeric Cider, Turmeric Comfort, Turmeric Ginger Rooibos, and Turmeric Truffle.
Additionally, if smoothies are to your liking, then give our Matcha Turmeric Smoothie a shot!
Have you ever wanted to turn a grilled cheese sandwich into something unique and memorable? By combining cheese, chocolate, and fruit you can do just that!
This is the sort of treat that has many flavor combinations. Below are just some recommendations, so feel free to customize to suit your tastes.
A quality sandwich starts with quality bread, so use your favorite! We recommend a good multigrain baguette or sourdough.
For the cheese, we want something distinct that'll pair with dark chocolate, but won’t overpower the subtle fruit flavors. Brie or medium white cheddar is ideal, but a creamy blue, gruyere, or mild Swiss won’t disappoint.
This is where Spice & Tea Merchants really makes things interesting! We’re not just using any old chocolate, but unique dark chocolate with complex flavors. Click here and here for our chocolate bar / disc selection – you can’t go wrong with whatever you choose!
Raspberries seem to be the crowd favorite, but you can certainly use apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries and strawberries. Experiment with different chocolate and fruit combinations to see what excites you!
~Making the Sandwich~
Ingredients (for two sandwiches):
4 Bread Slices
4 Ounces Cheese
2 Ounces Dark Chocolate (broken into pieces)
1/2 Cup Fruit (lightly smashed)
2 TBSP Butter
1. Butter one side of all bread slices (the side you intend to grill).
2. Layer on cheese, smashed fruit, and chocolate pieces (all on unbuttered side). Top with another bread slice.
3. Heat a pan over medium heat and add sandwiches. Toast both sides until golden brown and the cheese and chocolate have melted (about 4 minutes each side).
Tip: Covering the pan during toasting will help melt the cheese and chocolate. Alternatively, if a cover isn’t available, reduce the heat to low and continue heating until the cheese and chocolate have melted.
Editor’s Note: I tried this recipe using sourdough, gruyere cheese, raspberries, and our dark chocolate almond caramel bar. Absolutely divine! For a sweeter treat, try this with a drizzle of honey. Or if savory is more to your tastes, the addition of caramelized onions takes the flavors in a totally different direction.
In the mood for something decadent? Try buttering up one of our most popular black teas – Moonlight Earl Grey. By itself, this tea features bergamot citrus, vanilla, and cream. Blending it with a bit of butter and our Baker’s Blend creates a rich and creamy refreshment.
1. Soften the butter by letting it sit unrefrigerated for about 20 minutes.
2. Blend together the butter, Baker’s Blend, and Vanilla Bean Sugar.
3. Bring 16 oz of water to a boil, and then steep the tea for 4-5 minutes.
4. Add the butter mixture to the tea and stir until dissolved.
5. Serve and enjoy!
Share this rich treat with a friend…or keep it all for yourself – we won’t tell!
If you’re preparing this on a particularly cold winter night, feel free to add 2 ounces of dark rum to the mix.
A roasted turkey is the cornerstone of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but preparing a memorable one can be a daunting task. So Spice & Tea Merchants is here to simplify the process with a straightforward method for rubbing and roasting your turkey.
Begin by thinking about the flavor profile you’d like to give your turkey. Are you looking for a traditional herbal flavor or something unique? Also, be sure to get a sufficient quantity of spices. If your bird is in the 14-16 lb range, you’ll need two or more ounces of dried spices.
*Herb Poultry – A traditional herbal blend fantastic for roasting poultry.
*Herbs de Provence – This classic French blend is a house favorite! It boasts an herbal flavor with flowery lavender notes.
Tuscan – Our best seller! Reminiscent of Tuscan cuisine, this versatile blend can be used for nearly any meal.
Peppered Rosemary – An intense herbal blend for all the rosemary lovers out there.
*These blends are salt-free, so combine them with our French Grey Sea Salt for optimal flavor.
Berbere – Hailing from Ethiopia, this spicy (hot) mixture is primarily composed of chile powder and paprika. It’s great as a turkey rub, or as a seasoning for your leftovers in a turkey soup or stew.
Coffee BBQ – Coffee is a tenderizer, but it cooks out, leaving a sweet but complex BBQ flavor.
Raspberry Chipotle – Slightly smoky, a bit spicy, and has a sweet raspberry twist.
The above is by no means an exhaustive list – click here to view all our spice blends.
Rubs work best when they have time to sit. So the ideal rubbing time is 24 hours before roasting. Though, if your turkey is frozen, be sure to let it thaw out in the refrigerator – usually three or four days.
Start by mixing your chosen seasoning together with softened butter, olive oil, or a mixture of the two. Now apply the combination to the outside, working it in with your hands. Whenever possible, be sure to get the spices under the skin, and don’t forget to season the cavity as well. When finished, return the turkey to the refrigerator until it’s time to roast.
Prepare the turkey for the oven by allowing it to come up to room temperature (ensures even cooking). Then wrap the wings in foil and tuck them behind the neck. Also, tie the legs together so they’ll hold their shape.
Stuff the cavity with a variety of veggies, such as carrots, celery, and onions. These are not meant to be eaten, but will flavor the drippings and make stellar gravy! (Depending on your chosen spice blend, these veggies may or may not be appropriate.)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Place the turkey into a roasting pan, and add enough liquid (water, wine or broth) to keep the drippings from burning. Then loosely cover the turkey with foil.
Roast for approximately one hour, remove the foil, and continue roasting for 2 to 2 1/2 hours – basting occasionally. You’ll know your turkey is done when the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees in the thickest part of the breast and 170 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh.
Remove the turkey from the oven, transfer it to a platter, tent with foil, and let it rest for about 20 minutes before carving. Reserve any pan drippings for gravy.
To make gravy, pour the drippings and browned bits from the roasting pan into a large glass measuring cup and spoon off the fat – reserve two tablespoons.
Add the reserved fat and 2 TBSP flour to a saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly until golden.
Add the drippings and stock while bringing to a boil. Add the stock in small amounts, and whisk until it reaches the desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
So, after reading through the guide above, hopefully the only hard decision you’ll have to make this Thanksgiving is which turkey rub to use!
With Fall being here, most families visit an apple orchard at least once to commemorate this beautiful season. Recently, one of our own visited an orchard and grabbed two types of apples: McIntosh and Crimson Crisp. Orchard grown apples always makes the best applesauce in our opinion. There certainly is something quite magical about picking out your own apples to use in your recipe verses buying some from a local grocery store.
What's great about this recipe is that you can customize is quite easily. We opted for no added sugar, but we suggest to those that like their applesauce a bit sweeter to include our Spice Sugar blend. You also have the option to peel or not peel the apples. This batch we opted out of peeling the apples creating a thicker applesauce.
Check out this easy recipe below with step-by-step instructions:
1. Slice the apples into pieces-we recommend using an actual apple slicer that slices it safely for you
2. Stick them into a Crockpot with 1/2 a cup of water and 1/2 tsp of ground Spice Merchant's Vietnamese cinnamon
3. Cook on high in a slow cooker for 4-5 hours, or low for 7-8 hours, occasionally stirring and mashing the apples as they cook
Ready to add some drama and beauty to your tableside food presentation and enhance the flavor of your dishes? Try using Himalayan Pink Salt Slabs which are harvested from the ancient sea salt deposits in the Salt Range of Pakistan. Crystallized for more than 500 million years and covered by volcanic lava which protected the salt from pollution and fully explaining why Himalayan Pink Salt is the purest. Both flavorful and beautiful, these Himalayan Salt Slabs are an exciting new way to cook and serve with salt!
These slabs are both dense and efficiently conduct heat which is why the slab retains the heat so well and seasons food evenly. Heat your slab, plate or brick to high temperatures and sear thinly sliced meats, vegetables, fish, seafood, eggs and other quick-cooking foods. You can also chill it for use in serving sushi, appetizers, cheese, fresh fruit, cold meats and desserts. Think of the endless possibilities!
Here are 20 benefits of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt (source:fitlife.tv)
1. Contains 80+ minerals and elements
2. Helps control water levels in the body
3. Helps balance electrolytes
4. Promotes stable PH levels
5. Boosts brain health
6. Helps regulate blood sugar
8. Boosts energy
9. Promotes increased absorption of nutrients
10. Aids vascular health
11. Supports respiratory function
12. Reduces risk of sinus problems
13. Reduces cramping
14. Promotes healthy bones
15. Promotes healthy sleep
16. Supports libido
17. Boosts circulation
18. Promotes kidney and gall bladder health
19. Increase hydration
20. Aids metabolism
SaltWorks, one of the largest distributors of salt blocks, suggests way for heating, cleaning and care as well as chilling.
Did you know that salt slabs can be used in the oven, on the grill or on a range making them convenient for nearly anyone
CLEANING & CARE:
When you’re adding marinades to whatever you’re cooking on the salt, it can create quite the mess to clean up, which is why it’s so important to scrape excess food off the slab immediately following use. Allowing it to cool will make it easier to scrub clean. Once cleaned, wipe it off with a damp cloth. Allow the slab to dry for a minimum of 24 hours before using it again. Keep in mind that salt is a natural anti-microbial so cleaning them with cleaning products or soaps may cause damage. You can store your salt slab in a dry place.
For those who intend to use the Himalayan Salt Slab for making or preparing dishes at room temperature, cooling or frozen make sure to place the slab in a refrigerator for at least an hour to lower the internal temperature slowly. If you’re preparing foods that require colder temperatures, you can place the slab into the freezer for two additional hours.
Try chilling or freezing for:
Note:Since Himalayan Pink Salt Slabs are natural and are a product from the salt range in Pakistan, it’s important to remember that not every slab has the same unique color and inclusions which leads to different temperature and pressure thresholds.
For recipes using your salt slab, visit: https://www.seasalt.com/recipes/main-dishes.html
Picture Source: www.SeaSalt.com
This creamy iced Matcha Green Tea Latte lightly sweetened with vanilla almond milk and a hint of vanilla extract makes this a healthier version of deliciousness.
There are so many reasons to incorporate this mega superfood into your daily health routine.
Here are TEN amazing benefits of MATCHA:
1. high in antioxidants
2. increases energy level
3. enhances mood
4. improves skin
5. boosts immune system
6. lowers cholesterol
7. stimulates metabolism
9. boosts memory and concentration
10. helps prevent cancer
This Matcha recipe is made with vanilla almond milk, raspberry match (we also carry regular Matcha and peach Matcha), a drizzle of honey and just a splash of vanilla extract. Choose from Tahitian, Madagascar and Mexican vanilla extract available for purchase in our store or online.
One thing we recommend is to make sure that you completely blend the Matcha to prevent clumps in your latte. You won't need a blender to mix the ingredients, but we do recommend picking up a Matcha whisk and bowl to make blending and mixing easier. We also sell these products for your convenience.
Matcha green tea is both refreshing and energizing. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, it's incredibly high in antioxidants, boosts metabolism and boosts memory concentration.
Start sipping on this mega superfood, super tasty iced Matcha green tea latte.
Note: Feel free to double or triple this recipe to store additional Matcha Green Tea in fridge for later enjoyment.
The burger is an iconic American food, and we Americans eat about 50 billion annually. That’s a lot of burgers! Though, is there a way to improve this classic, so we’re eating quality ones at home? Absolutely! Here are some tips for making a better burger.
The most critical element of any good burger is the beef patty. As such, the freshness and quality of the beef is paramount. If you have access to a quality butcher, ask if they’ll freshly grind the meat for you. Ground chuck is preferred, as it usually has a ratio of 80% meat to 20% fat – making for a juicy burger without being excessively fatty.
When forming the patty, the less you handle the meat, the tenderer it’ll be – overworking the meat just makes it tough. Another recommendation is to put an indentation in the center – roughly the size of your thumb. This causes the burger to stay flat while cooking, rather than forming a dome in the middle.
During cooking, don’t squish the patties, as this only drives out the juices. Use your spatula for flipping, not compressing. Speaking of flipping, feel free to flip as often as you’d like, the idea that you can “over-flip” a burger is just a myth.
Here’s a quick temperature guide for your burgers:
120F: Rare | 130F: Medium-Rare | 140F: Medium | 150F: Medium-Well | 160F: Well Done
If you’re using quality beef, then you should be using quality seasonings to bring your burger to its full potential! Be sure to season after making the patties, and only minutes before being placed on the grill. If you season too early the salt will break down proteins, which draws out moisture and creates an undesirable texture. Below are five seasonings Spice & Tea Merchants offers for your perfect burger!
Butcher’s Rub – A traditional blend with herbal and peppery flavors
Coffee BBQ – Coffee tenderizes meat but cooks out, leaving a sweet but complex BBQ flavor
Korean BBQ – A spicy teriyaki profile, with sesame notes
Raspberry Chipotle – Slightly smoky, a bit spicy, and has a sweet raspberry twist
Saugatuck Steak – Paprika based with a peppery profile and hint of Worcheshire
The above should get you started, but is by no means an exhaustive list. You can click here to view all of our blends – check them out and experiment with something outside the box!
Summer in Michigan is a beautiful sight! Though, our Michigan evenings can be rather muggy. A favored remedy for this is a tall glass of iced tea, and Spice & Tea Merchants carries a vast selection for making just that! Teas like Black Currant, Blood Orange Smoothie, and Pink Rose Lemonade are just a few favorites.
However, if you want to take it to the next level, try turning your ordinary iced tea into a memorable cocktail! Check out the recipes below for fun ways to transform your tea into an adult refreshment.
Chamomile Honey Whiskey Cocktail
1 TSP Chamomile Citrus or Wild Blossoms & Berries Tea
2/3 Cup Boiling Water
1 Ounce Whiskey or Bourbon
1/2 TBSP Honey Granules (regular honey may be substituted)
1 & 1/2 TBSP Fresh Lemon Juice
Fresh Chamomile, Mint Sprig, and/or Lemon Wedge for garnish
1. Place the tea in an infuser, and let steep in the hot water for roughly 5 minutes. Remove the infuser once brewed (steeping tea too long will make it bitter).
2. Stir in the honey granules until fully dissolved.
3. In a shaker, combine the brewed tea, whiskey, lemon juice, and some ice. Shake.
4. Strain into a lowball/rocks glass with ice cubes. Garnish with chamomile flowers, a mint sprig, or lemon wedge.
Lavender Peach Martini
1 & 1/2 Ounces Vanilla Vodka
1/2 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 Ounce Peach Lavender Syrup (see below)
Flavored Sugar for rimming, we suggest lemon or vanilla
Lavender Sprig or Lemon Slice for garnish
1. In a cocktail shaker, add crushed ice, vanilla vodka, lemon juice, and peach lavender syrup. Shake.
2. Strain into a chilled martini glass (preferably rimmed with a flavored sugar). Garnish with a fresh lavender sprig or lemon slice.
1. In a saucepan bring the water and honey granules to a near boil. Stir thoroughly to dissolve the honey granules. Remove from heat.
2. Add the lavender peach tea and let simmer for about 30 minutes.
3. Strain out the tea. Store the syrup in the refrigerator (keeps for several weeks).
Prep: Place the tea in an infuser, and let steep in the hot water for roughly 3 minutes. Remove the infuser. Don't over steep the tea. If you prefer strong tea, use more tea when brewing – long steep times only make it bitter. Chill the tea until ready to use.
1. In a Collins glass, combine the lime juice, mint, and honey granules. Lightly muddle the mixture to release the oils in the mint.
2. Fill the glass with ice until it’s roughly 3/4 full. Add the rum, and top with the chilled tea. Stir well, and garnish with a slice of lime and mint sprig.