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Spotlight On Spices! Issue December 2011 - Got Nutmeg for Your Egg Nog?
December 05, 2011
Welcome to December when we get to celebrate several traditional American holiday goodies like Pumpkin Pie (on the 25th) and Fruit Cake (on the 27th). Plus, we can enjoy creamy Egg Nog’s National Day (Christmas Eve, December 24th), Week (4th week), and Month. And, to celebrate flavorfully we must have on-hand plenty of freshly grated Nutmeg, this month’s …
THE SPICE OF LIFE - Nutmeg and Mace Blade
Most people think of Nutmeg for baking and dessert purposes; however, this spice and its lacy covering called an aril, Mace Blade, have so many other purposes for flavoring savory foods like spinach. Yes, spinach. Next time you sautéed or steam this vegetable sprinkle and toss it with freshly grated Nutmeg before serving. This warm spice will help spinach’s flavor pop! Whole Nutmeg is so easy to use and it will save you money over time because it lasts for years.
Whole Nutmeg is the wrinkled gray-brown kernel of the seed from an evergreen tree’s fruit which looks like a pale yellow apricot; and, Mace Blade is the outer orange-red lace-like covering (aril) on the seed. At maturity (fifteen years), this tree will produce about 2,000 nutmegs a year. Once removed from the seed and dried, the mace blade becomes dark yellow-orange in color. Mace, without the word "blade" refers to the ground form of the spice.
One whole nutmeg when fully grated is equal to about one tablespoon of the ground spice.
The ratio of Nutmeg to Mace is about 25 to 1 - every twenty five pounds of Nutmeg yields about 1 pound of Mace.
December is the Month for:
National Egg Nog Month
National Fruit Cake Month
And, some of our favorite food days in the month include:
December 1 - National Pie Day
December 2 - National Fritters Day
December 8 - National Chocolate Brownie Day
December 9 - National Pastry Day
December 12 - National Hot Cocoa Day
December 14 - National Bouillabaisse Day
December 16 - National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
December 23 - National Pfeffernuesse Day
December 24 - National Egg Nog Day
December 25 - National Pumpkin Pie Day
December 26 - National Candy Cane Day
December 27 - National Fruit Cake Day
SPICY TIDBITSCheck here for the latest news on any spice recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts:
MERCHANTS & RETAILERS:Websites for Spice Retailers:
Atlantic Spice Company - www.atlanticspice.com
Durkee® - www.durkee.com
McCormick® - www.mccormick.com
Milford Spice Company - www.milfordspice.com
Penzeys Spices - www.penzeys.com
Savory Spice Shop - www.savoryspiceshop.com
Spice Islands® - www.spiceislands.com
The Spice House - www.thespicehouse.com
Spice Accessories Websites:
Bottles, Containers & Jars:
Bottle Store - www.bottlestore.com
eBottles.com - www.ebottles.com
SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc. - www.sks-bottle.com
Online Labels - www.onlinelabels.com
Tubular Spices - www.tubularspices.com/Spice_Racks.asp
Spice Rack Source - www.spiceracksource.com/all-spice-racks/
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Eat Well. Live Well. Cook everyday with spices and herbs!
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