Valentine’s Day Gifting… Spice It Up!

Valentine's Day Gift Blog

Quick! Send your significant other out of the room… okay, are you ready? You’ve got 11 days. That is cutting it close my friend. There are less than two weeks until Valentine’s Day; have you gotten them that gift yet? Uhuh…. OKAY. Let’s get to work.

Firstly, our seasonings make great gifts! They come in an array of delicious flavors for all kinds of palettes.

  • Does your significant other like to eat food every day? Great! Then, you’re already one step closer to fulfilling a practical, daily need, but with extra added umph.
  • Does your significant other value their health? Do you value their health? PERFECT. Our seasonings contain all-natural Celtic sea salt as well as ingredients that are non-GMO, gluten free, vegan-friendly and organic. If you are taking a break from salt, we’ve got options for that as well.
  • Do they like things that taste good? If your lovebug /boo /pumpkin /schnookums enjoys food with flavor, they’ll LOVE our seasonings. Keep them from eating just to eat and give them the gift of flavorful food enjoyment!

Order those seasonings now if you want them in time for Valentine’s Day! They’re only $5 each right now and shipping is free for orders over $15.


Now that that’s all settled and we can see that you clearly love your better half, Heart 2here’s what you do. Take a quick trip to our website (click me) and read about each of the flavors. If you’d like some help with how to choose, here’s what we suggest based on their personality:

  • Sassy/Sarcastic: Spicy Blend
  • Romantic: Italian Blend
  • Traditional (with a secret twist): Lemon Pepper Blend
  • Classy: Original Blend
  • Big-Hearted: Soul Food Blend
  • Comical: Jerk Blend
  • Active/Athletic: Adobo Blend
  • Wild Child: Lemon Fire Blend
  • Sweet: Mild Blend

Yep. Definitely saw you eyeing that blend. You know they’d love it!


Heart 1Our last bit of advice is how to present your beloved with this special, spicy gift. Here we go! (Please read these aloud in the cheesiest voice possible. It is also crucial that you present the gift in perfect timing with your words. Trust us.)

  • Spicy Blend: “Hey baby. Just wanted to spice things up a bit.”
  • Original Blend: “(Insert name here), I love that you’re so… original.”
  • Soul Food Blend: “Darling, you are food for my soul.”
  • Italian Blend: “You inspired me… your love takes me to faraway places.”
  • Adobo Blend: “Ad-o-bo about you, but I’d love to make you dinner.”
  • Jerk Blend: “I know I can be a jerk sometimes, but tonight, I want to focus on you!”

“You know, there’s a season for everything… and there’s always seasoning for you.”


We hope you enjoyed a good laugh and have some fun ideas for your favorite person on Valentine’s Day. Let us know if you got to use one of our cheesy pick-up lines!

Love,
Best of luck! (1)

The Seasonest Family

What’s Your Flavor Profile?

We’ve always said that each of our spice blends have their own personality. So, here’s our attempt at outlining the personality type best associated with each seasoning. We had lots of fun doing this and hope you enjoy it too.

Seasonest Spice Trait Bubbles

Original: You keep it classy and fun. People like that about you. The party hasn’t officially started until you’ve arrived, and others strive to be like you. You are definitely a trendsetter!

Soul Food: You are slightly loud, but it’s just you being you. You keep it real, and aren’t afraid to speak your mind. People come to you when they want excellent advice.

Jerk Mild: You value knowledge and understanding. Calm and collected, you think about the long-term. You’ve been known to have a slight bite, but you always soothe it over with calm words. Witty and fun, yet laid back too? People definitely enjoy being around you!

Italian: The romantic. You have an excellent value system in place and family is at the center of your heart. Quick to see the worth of things, you easily make your thoughts known. Loyal, you’re ok with not being the center of attention as long as you’re in a group of great friends.

Spicy: People Person! You live in the moment and enjoy being around great friends. Not everyone can handle you, but those who know you love you and are loyal to you to the end.

Original Salt Free: Analytical and precise, you care. Very cautious, you are protective of those you love. There’s a clarity and deliberateness about you that draws people to you. You’re stable and secure!

Lemon Pepper: Laid back and practical. Not much bothers you or gets to your head, and you are very sensible. Order is very much a part of your daily life, but you’ve got a hidden fire that drives you forward.

Soul Food Spicy: Who knows sass better than you? You are enthusiastic about life and no challenge is too great for you. New projects and ideas excite you and you are quick to take the lead. You love being around people, and always make yourself known.

Mild: Gentle and kind, everyone loves you. You’re great with children and put other’s needs before you own. Positive reinforcement is great for you and you are quite responsible. You like to take it easy, and enjoy life, without the drama.

Adobo: Creative and resourceful, you enjoy a good debate with others. Fun and outgoing, it’s easy to get along with you! No one gets you down, and you’re often there to cheer up your friends and keep them going! People come to you when they want a shoulder to lean on.

Lemon Fire: You like to live on the edge! Nothing is too big for you to overcome and you address issues head on. You are optimistic and let nothing rain on your parade. Definitely a doer, you charge your way through, not always looking at the consequences.

Soul Food Mild: You’re very warm-hearted and easy-going, but there’s a quiet strength about you. You stay with things until the end, and are well-respected. Idealistic, you’re calm unless someone challenges something you hold dear.

Jerk: You are assertive and outspoken. You know what you want, and you want it now. No, you’re not mean, there’s just a way to get things done: Yours! Driven to excel and lead, it’s no wonder you’re at the top!

Let us know which spice best describes you.  Was your favorite flavor what you expected?  If not, maybe you have a new blend to try.  Please share with family and friends to see what their flavor says about them.

Let The Games Begin: 6 Steps To Catching Lemon Fire

Seasonest Lemon Fire
Seasonest Lemon Fire Spice Blend

Some people are born with it.  Others have worked their way towards it.  It may be a craving you have, but has been unattainable for so long.  What am I talking about?  Spicy food tolerance!

Is there a dish you’ve always wanted to try that’s spicy, but requires two gallons of milk to cool your mouth down?  I LOVE spicy foods and am always adding a bit more pepper or cayenne to my dishes, but not everyone can do that.  With a little practice, you can build up your spice tolerance.   Here are 6 steps to increase your spicy food toughness by using Seasonest Spice Blends and have you chowing down on that peppery dish in no time.

Step 1:  Start Off Small

Don’t let this mild-mannered category befuddle you.  Our Mild (Cajun) and Italian blends are mellow enough for children, yet packed with great flavor for adults to enjoy.  The goal at step one is to delight in the savory balance of herbs and spices before things start heating up.

Step 2:  Moving Right Along

Now it’s time to add in a little heat and see how it feels.  There are four blends recommended at this level that will up the ante a little:  Original (Cajun), Original (Cajun) Salt-Free, Soul Food Mild and Jerk Mild.  The latter two blends are in this category because they are the milder version of spicier blends.  All of these seasoning blends are flavorful with a little kick and if the heat is too much, camp out at this level until you feel comfortable with moving up to the next step.

Step 3: Level Up

Lemon Pepper, Adobo and Soul Food are all hot and savory.  These flavors are sure to have you reaching for your water glass, but digging back into your meal with excitement.  You’re doing great, keep it up!

Step 4: Getting Spicy

You’re probably feeling good about conquering blends that have some heat to them, but it’s time to really add in the spice.  Spicy (Cajun) seasoning has a delayed heat that allows you a moment to enjoy the flavor before feeling the pepper sensation.  Sweating a little?  Keep milk or water on hand to calm the heat.

Step 5: Who Turned Up The Heat?!

Can you feel the heat now?  Soul Food Spicy and Jerk spice blends are guaranteed to make you feel the fire power.  Both are serious steps up in the spice game, so take your time until you feel confident before moving forward.

Step 6: Sweatless Victory

You have arrived: Lemon Fire.  This is where the spice All-Stars are.  Lemon Fire is the hottest of the hot, and will leave you wanting more.  It’s the perfect spice combination of heat and flavor, so when you can enjoy this blend, you know you have made it.  Sit back with your zesty, flavorful meal, and know you have upped your spice tolerance to the fiery big league.

Now that you’ve made your goal, your spice tolerance should be excellent.  While savoring the tasty flavors of your meals, you can rest easy knowing there are some excellent health benefits to spicy foods.  Eating spicy foods can help with circulation, boost metabolism, clear sinuses and release endorphins.  Now you can enjoy that spicy dish of your dreams without breaking a sweat.  Bring out the cayenne and chili peppers, you deserve it!

*Disclaimer: While embarking on this challenge, watch your body and see how it handles the extra heat. If you don’t feel well after eating spicy foods, you should stick with less spicy foods.  It’s always good to be smart with what you eat.

Rubs, Marinades and Seasoning Spice Blends: What’s the difference?

Seasonest Soul Food and Lemon Pepper blends
Seasonest Soul Food and Lemon Pepper blends

With all of our spice blends, a commonly asked question is, “Can it be used as a rub?”  While it’s easy to just say yes or no, I think it might be better to outline the differences and uses.

 

Rubs

There are two types of rubs: dry rubs and wet rubs.  Dry rubs are a blend of herbs and spices that are generously rubbed into meats before cooking.  It can be a single spice, such as pepper, or a blend of many herbs and spices to get the desired flavor.  They also typically include salt and/or sugar.  Wet rubs are the spices made with oil or butter, so that the rub sticks better to the meat.  Using oil in wet rubs is a great way to make sure the meat stays moist, as the oil becomes a natural barrier to prevent liquids coming out, creating a nice, juicy cut.

 

Marinades

Marinades have herbs and spices, as well as an acid component like vinegar which helps the meat become tender.  The meat is soaked prior to cooking for an hour or more.  Using a marinade can result in a delicious boost of flavor to your meat.

 

Spice Blends and Seasonings

Seasonest falls under this category.   Basically, different herbs and spices are combined together to achieve the taste you want, such as spicy, sweet, smoky, etc.  These are sprinkled over meats or vegetables and then cooked immediately.  They can also be used in the end as a finishing flavor.

Whether you need a wet rub, dry rub, marinade or seasoning, Seasonest spice blends can be used to accomplish all of these.  Stay tuned for future posts with recipes showing how to use our products as a rub or marinade.