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Old 11-07-2017, 02:42 PM
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Spice Beast

I was recently approached to give my observations and impressions of a line of spices being offered to folks in the health/bodybuilding life style, I am both an executive chef and bodybuilding enthusiast. The product boasts a healthier profile that grocery store offerings. The products are Organic, Non-irradiated, Gluten free, sugar free and boast no preservatives. They also state “boldly” on the label “16 G Protien”. I will first evaluate the products based on label information only, I will then use them in a variety of ways giving personal opinions as I do… I may be somewhat qualified to give my opinions..lol…
I was sent four of the Spice Beast flavors to evaluate… Ocean’s Seven, Power Mex, Meat Madness and Beast Prep. They were shipped very securely and well cushioned. The labels are quite eye catching. Contents are listed clearly and suggestions for use given. I find the nutritional facts labeling to be a bit small and hard to read but I have old eyes.
The first thing you notice about the Spice Beast seasonings is the packaging. IT”S GLASS!!! This is stellar. Plastics can degrade the flavor profiles of spices over time. The glass container also gives better protection with regard to humidity changes and therefore the “shake” ability of the spices within. The products have good color, upon opening they were aromatic and pleasant, old spices pick up a musty in the jar smell and sometimes are “plasticky” none of that was present with these glass jars. A quick taste of each revealed a different distinct flavor for each. All seem to remain well mixed with the exception of the ocean’s seven, as it is the blend which contains the greatest amount of “leafy” ingredients’ this is expected as it will settle during shipping. A few good vigorous shakes and the product was again well mixed.
So, how do they stack up against other seasonings? None of the four contains any fat, no surprise there. What is surprising is the lack of any anti-caking agents, artificial colors or preservatives. The label boasts 16g protein, but that’s NOT a per serving amount so may be a bit misleading. In actuality there is .13 g per serving and 16g in the whole container. The protein added is organic pea protein, good quality, and it will act as the anti caker keeping the mix from sticking together in humid conditions, a pretty smart way to go. A big surprise to me was the low sodium content of the spices. All four range between 74 mg and 230 mg per serving, as a comparison the same serving of Lawry’s season salt would run 380 mg sodium. All are listed at 1 to 2 calories per serving, here’s the danger…. How many of us will measure out ¼ tsp? This is the size per serving listed. Now that may be plenty on a 4 oz chicken breast but how many of us are taking in protein only 4 ounces at a time? So these numbers would be speculative depending on your current diet.
So far I am impressed…. I will be cooking with them daily and will update you on my findings…

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MEAT MADNESS...

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The blend tastes very mild but has body. The flavors blend well, none over powers the others. The flavor is pleasant and warm.

started by using the recommended 1/4 tsp. To keep things level I used 4 oz. portions

Chicken... the 1/4 tsp. seasoned the chicken well, tasted good, left me wanting a little more something

Pork... the 1/4 tsp. seasoned the pork ok but I felt a touch more would have been better, again very pleasant taste

Beef... here I felt that doubling the portion of seasoning was necessary, but keep in mind that at 151 mg sodium per serving the 302mg used was still far less sodium than 1 portion of Lawry's at 1/4 tsp.

Salmon...here I was left wanting a bit. The rich oil content of the salmon didn't work well with the seasoning, I'm thinking that a lighter fish, bass or cod may accept the flavor better.

The big surprise... This seasoning was EXCELLENT on grilled vegetable!!!! zucchini, eggplant, asparagus and tomatoes all tasted vibrant and fresh, I mixed the spice into olive oil to toss the veggies before grilling.

Over all I liked this flavor, it is a great base from which to build. If you go a little heavier than the recommended serving size I think you'll have better results
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Beast Prep... spice #2

The blend tastes very mild but has body. The flavors blend well, Garlic takes the forefront in the blend. The flavor is pleasant and warm.

started by using the recommended 1/4 tsp. To keep things level I used 4 oz. portions

Chicken.... the 1/4 tsp portion did well, for my tastes a bit more would have been perfect

Pork... the 1/4 tsp was pleasant, the flavors against the pork were great! but again I think a bit more is needed

Beef... the 1/4 tsp was not enough, I used a second portion and the results were significant, the spice blend was perfect for the beef

Sea bass... the 1/4 tsp was a good match, just enough spice to taste but let the flavor of the fish come through..

Grilled veggies... the 1/4 tsp was again mixed in oil and the veggies tossed in it before grilling. It was a good match to the veggies, gibing a pit of body.

The Beast prep would be a great blend to try if you are a food purist, that is to say you like a little flavor but want the natural flavor of your food not to be masked. I found that with this blend the flavors came out at 1/4 tsp but didn't pop until the second tsp was added.
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Same here. Never use A1 sauce on my steak, sauce of any kind on my chicken or turkey. I love the natural taste of the meat as it is and this def got me following...
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Both of the two I've logged so far have good flavor, excellent as a matter of fact. I think the downfall is that I am testing them against the labels suggested serving size. None of us is truly going to measure a 1/4 tsp. and then use only that. Last night I had a burger on the grill using the Meat Madness, can't say how much I used just shook till I felt it was right.... and it was a damn good burger.

To the average guy though you gotta look at the price. If your really hard core down with eating the healthiest you can you already know your paying through the nose for non GMO, non irradiated foods.....
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Spice #3 Ocean's seven

By far the most complex blend sent. The ingredients being a mix of leafy herbs and fine ground spices needs to be shaken before each use as the ingredients tend to settle. My advice would be to store this one upside down on its lid, that way the lighter flakier ingredients wont be bunched up on top.

This is also the seasoning with the lowest sodium profile of all the spice blends.

chicken... the 1/4 tsp was nice, a bit mild but very flavorful, I sautéed the chicken, baking may work better. There is a nice balance to the herbs.

Pork.. the 1/4 tsp wasn't quite enough, the pork's flavor came through but some of the underlying flavors in the spice were lost. Another shake and I was happy

Beef... didn't try it the label didn't mention it

Veal.... the 1/4 tsp seasoned this nicely, very full flavor very complimentary to the veal

Sea bass.... this is where the seasoning had its shining moment. the flavor was rich and delicious, the 1/4 tsp was probably enough but I dusted it just a bit more, very enjoyable.

Shrimp... another winner....
Tuna steak.... very nice

Grilled veggies... and again nice flavor at the 1/4 tsp but a touch more really made the dish

To date this is my favorite. the blend is well balanced, even though the sodium is way low it seasons the meats chosen nicely, very complimentary without masking the taste of the protein...

THIS ONE GETS A BIG THUMBS UP!!!!!!
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