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Kitchen 259

Published on December 9th, 2008 | by Greg

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Spices Supreme

There is plenty to hate about spices! They lose flavor so quickly. Fat, unruly little containers that occupy far more than their fair share of cabinet space, and fall out if you look at them wrong. And so expensive! Unfortunately, spices make food so much better that they are a necessary evil for both cooking and baking.

Anjala Damerla had the same issues with spices that everyone does, and she did something about it. She created Supreme Spice. These spices have a 2 year shelf life, and are a concentrated liquid, which means they’re stored in small glass bottles similar to vials. At $6 per bottle they’re reasonably priced when compared to traditional dried spices, and occupy next to no space- perfect for a smaller kitchen!

We put these spices up to what might be the ultimate challenge in this country: Thanksgiving dinner. The cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and garam masala made it into nearly every dish that crossed our path this year. The cardamom and ginger both pack a punch, and requires very little to be very effective. The cinnamon required a bit more to garner the same effect, but has a wonderful flavor. The Kesar Milk extract makes a wonderful tea drink similar to Chai tea. We’re looking forward to trying some of the chili liquids, because not having to chop peppers would be a godsend.

All of the spices tested were true to flavor, and will definitely get used before we’ve come close to reaching the two year shelf-life!


About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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