We live in Maine. The first time I had a real street taco in Guaymas on a family trip...it blew my mind! Learning authentic Mexican cooking has been a struggle for me and I've grown a deep appreciation for something that tastes simple but is actually quite involved and complex. I will admit to buying, Mexico: The Cookbook, because it's gorgeous, while Mexican Slow Cooker is a bit easier to master. Scroll below for more cookbook recommendations to pair with the set.
Included in the Mexican gift set:
- 7 small hexagon magnetic jars for your fridge
- Durable glass jars are reusable
- Filled with certified organic + kosher spices
- Air tight lids to keep spices fresh
- Silver lids hand-stamped with spice names
- Strong magnets keep jars from sliding
- Internal barrier between magnet and spices
Certified organic, kosher + fair trade seasonings included in this set:
- Annatto Powder - Also called Achiote, smells slightly sweet, peppery with a hint of nutmeg. It is used for it's beautiful yellow-orange color in everything from cheese to lipstick. Try using Annato to make the Yucatan spice paste, Recado, to flavor Pollo Pibil, color up tamale dough, and season rice.
- Chipotle Powder - Jalapeno chilies that have been left on the bush late in the season to ripen into a deep red, then smoke-dried. These chilies are the workhorses of many Mexican kitchens, as they lend both smoky and spicy flavors. Add to a pot of beans or enchilada sauce. Mix with your salsa or guacamole for a flavor worlds beyond fresh chilies.
- Chili Infused Salt - Bright red Serrano chilies slowly roasted for full flavor. Mixed with sea salt, it gives a spicy flavor with a hint of berry. Great addition to spicy sauces or sprinkled on rice & beans, fajitas. Even use with sweet fruit such as mango or pineapple to make a non-traditional salsa.
- Cumin seeds - Closely resemble caraway, but conjure a flavor from a completely different part of the world than it's eastern-European relative. To capture cumin's full flavor potential, first toast the amount of seeds needed for your recipe in a dry skillet until fragrant. Then, grind coarsely and use liberally as a poultry rub or pair with coriander and add to your next batch of roasted sweet potatoes or squash.
- Epazote - Native to central and south America, this wild herb grows abundantly and with abandon. Slightly subdued when dried, this herb can resemble fennel, anise and tarragon when fresh. Traditionally, it is added to simmering pots of black beans, as it is believed to help prevent flatulence. Try adding it to your next batch of chilaquiles!
- Mexican Oregano - This staple of Mexican kitchens tastes more like the members of the savory family and less like the piney Greek oregano. It plays a strong and distinguishing role in many versions of mole and is lovely when added to pickled garlic and onions. A great balancer to the flavor extreames of chiles, citrus and garlic.
- Taco Seasoning - Rev up your next taco party by adding a liberal amount of this spice blend to a little oil or hot fat to help distribute the flavors throughout the meat or vegetables.
Mexican-themed cookbooks we recommend:
- Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories
- For your vegan friends: The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life
- For the serious foodie: Tacos: Recipes and Provocations
- The Homesick Texan's Family Table: Lone Star Cooking from My Kitchen to Yours
Small jars measure 1.75” wide by 2” tall; and hold a shy 1/4 cup volume. These jars are smaller than traditional spice containers; smaller amounts of spice stay fresh. Refill with us or in bulk at your local natural foods store. Jars are made to stick to your fridge or any steel surface. Purchase a mini wall plate if you need to store jars on a backsplash.
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