Join Susie T. of Fast Days Healing Days as she explains why it’s better to make your own spice blend such as Ras El Hanout, a Moroccan Spice Blend that literally means, “head of shop,” or the storekeeper’s blend. With just a little bit of time, you’ll develop your own special house blend and will find yourself, curiously using it every day, in every dish!
Fast Days Healing Days loves making our own spice blends. And we hear you. We do. What’s in it for you? Why should you make your own spice blends when there are perfectly good blends just staring at you from the grocery’s shelves. And trust us, we’re bargain shoppers just like you. We know it’s probably cheaper to buy the spice blend instead of blending your own concoctions and spice potions. Fast Days (FDs) Moroccan Spice Blend or Ras El Hanout, is just such a spice blend. You get to control what’s in it, which spices you like, leave out the ones you don’t–you have control. It’s YOUR blend.
Store-bought prepared spice blends can be treacherous. You may think you’re buying an innocent little, time-saving blend…but what about the preservatives, the “natural flavorings,” the MSG, the corn starch, the gluten contamination, the hidden sugars listed by various, crafty names? When you make your own spice blends, it takes a few minutes to measure everything out, but one thing is certain! You will know exactly what lives inside that spice container! You will be able to pronounce every ingredient and know what bottle it came out of when you used it. And, if you buy spices from a bulk bin, you can buy small amounts, which means your spices and spice blends will be fresher than an old spice blend sitting on a shelf, waiting for someone to come along, who needs Moroccan Spice Blend or Ras El Hanout (the shopkeeper’s blend).
We order our spices (and yes, we go all out to find organic spices and herbs) online from many different places. We definitely appreciate our trusted partner, Amazon.com to bring us a wide variety of organic spices, but we also have found a few special shops we really like, such as Penzey’s.
Take a bit of time, and be adventurous. Make your own spice blend. Start by making Fast Days Healing Days Moroccan Spice Blend or Ras El Hanout. It works so wonderfully on any protein from fish and seafood to pork, chicken and lamb–and it’s awesome on steaks! It works equally well on veggies too, in curries, soups, stews, you name it! It’s so versatile you will find yourself doubling the recipe because you use it every day!
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