SpiceBreeze Packet Review
Meal subscription boxes are among the most expensive subscription boxes, but there are options for those of us who don’t want to spend a small fortune on meals and who are tired of the same dishes every week. This is where subscriptions like SpiceBreeze comes in. SpiceBreeze is a monthly culinary subscription packet that ships members spices and recipes from at least 2 different countries or regions of the world. SpiceBreeze buys spices from American importers and makes spice blends every month in small batches before shipping them to subscribers. SpiceBreeze spices do not contain MSG or artificial flavors and colors. And although SpiceBreeze take precautions to prevent cross-contamination in their spice blends for those with food allergies, SpiceBreeze does not guarantee that their spices will not have allergens.
How it Works
Spice Breeze offers three subscription sizes: Wanderlust, Family Size and Plus. Wanderlust sends members spices for 2 meals of 3-4 servings each for $8.90 monthly, $26.70 for 3 months prepaid, $ 53.40 for 6-month prepaid and $106.80 for 12-month prepaid plans. The Family Size provides spices for 2 meals of 6-8 servings each for $12.90 monthly, $38.70 for the 3-month prepaid plan, $77.40 for the 6-month prepaid plan and $154.80 for the 12-month prepaid plan. The Plus subscription plan includes spices for 3 meals of 3-4 servings each and costs the same as the Family Size plan. After choosing your plan, you are given the option of adding a one-time gift to your SpiceBreeze packet. These gifts are spice mixes that are sold on SpiceBreeze’s online store, where subscribers are given discounts when they order. After you choose a subscription plan, you are given the option of having your first SpiceBreeze box shipped the next week or the next month.
I subscribed to Wanderlust subscription plan on June 28th and asked for my first spice packet to be shipped the following week. My SpiceBreeze packet shipped on July 9th and arrived on July 13th. SpiceBreeze spices arrive in a long envelope and my packet included spices to make dishes from India and Greece. Here is what was included in my SpiceBreeze packet:
Aloo Gobi Matar (India) recipe and the following spice blend: fennel, cumin, turmeric, coriander and cardamom.
Mango Lassi (India) recipe and spice packet with cardamom seeds
Souvlaki (Greece) recipe and the following spice blend: oregano, garlic, dill weed, ground dill seeds, cinnamon, mint, chili, nutmeg
Fact sheet about the African island nation of Seychelles
Here are some pics of my attempt at Souvlaki. The recipe called for either pork or lamb and I used lamb. Then, I grilled zucchini and onions and made Tzatziki, the yogurt sauce that goes along with the Souvlaki. I served the Souvlaki on flatbread.
What I Liked and Didn’t Like
I like that SpiceBreeze is a cheaper alternative to expensive meal delivery services. With SpiceBreeze, I can cook new dishes every month and I can control how much I spend on ingredients. Also, I liked that the dishes are simple and don’t take a lot of time to cook. Additionally, I liked that subscribers get discounts on SpiceBreeze’s online store, so that you can buy spice blends from other countries as well. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the spices sent by SpiceBreeze can also be purchased at your closest ethnic grocery store. In SLC, I shop for spices (and many other things) at Chinatown Market or Namaste Nanglo Groceries and if I want a large quantity of lamb, I buy it at Shahrazad Market and Restaurant.
But there are a couple things I didn’t like about the packet. First, although the Wanderlust Packet is supposed to provide spices for 2 meals of 3-4 servings, I used all of the Souvlaki spices for 1 meal, with 4 servings. Also, I found the Souvlaki recipe, or more specifically the Tzatziki recipe included in the Souvlaki recipe was unclear at times, which can be frustrating if you are working with ingredients you have never used before. For example, the Tzatziki recipe instructs you to “squeeze liquid out of the cucumber” but because I have never cooked with an English cucumber before, I thought I would cut right into the cucumber and juice would come out. Instead, I had to Google how to extract juice from a cucumber and although it was a relatively easy fix, it took additional time to look up instructions on how to make cucumber juice because the included directions weren’t clear. Finally, although I like learning about other countries, I thought it was odd that the facts included in the packet weren’t on either India or Greece but about Seychelles, a country that was not connected in any way to the spices or recipes I received.
Overall, I really liked SpiceBreeze and definitely recommend it. SpiceBreeze has really been a lifesaver during the coronavirus pandemic, when I have zero interest in eating at restuarants, but still want to eat something yummy.