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Say goodbye to a cabinet crammed with jars of old spices. Discover new spices, and get the spices you need, but not more jars to store. Read more

Brooklyn, NY Food
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This project was successfully funded on November 1, 2013.

Say goodbye to a cabinet crammed with jars of old spices. Discover new spices, and get the spices you need, but not more jars to store.

Brooklyn, NY Food
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Seasonal Spices was successfully funded on November 1, 2013. Come see us on Facebook for more information on our monthly delivery service. 


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About Seasonal Spices

Spices are essential to making food with the right character, aroma and flavor. But going beyond salt and pepper can be problematic. Spices are volatile and don’t last forever.

If what you need is one teaspoon of cinnamon, why buy an entire jar and leave the rest to sit in your cabinet losing flavor? 

I want to create Seasonal Spices, a monthly delivery service to try new spices, and get the spices you need, without all the clutter and waste.

My obsession with spices began when I started cooking in college. I amassed a drawer full of spices that would move with me from one apartment to the next, across state lines. I’d hoarded them for years, even after learning that spices don’t last forever. “You never know when you might need fenugreek again,” I’d say. (Answer: never.)

I’m not the only one with this problem. Cooking is having a renaissance, in part due to the countless recipe sites, food blogs, cooking videos and shows, as well as the cost savings and health benefits. It’s never been a better time to get creative in the kitchen, but in experimenting, you can quickly amass jars of spices you’ll never get through, at considerable cost and effort.

After years of staring at the clutter it dawned on me that storage was not the problem. If the spices in my spice rack are years old, I'm just hoarding expensive dust.

I came up with the idea for Seasonal Spices as a way to optimize how we buy and use spices, and perhaps inspire you to go beyond your current repertoire.

Freshness counts in spices, and so do the seasons. There’s a season for pumpkin pie, just as there is for summer ratatouille, and having the right spices to use makes a big difference.

Each monthly package contains a set of fresh ground spices in small pre-measured quantities, recipes and information that illustrate the diversity and range of those spice families. Some of the Seasonal Spice packages are selected for their popularity and importance in seasonal cooking, while others will give you an opportunity to try new flavors, without having to commit to a whole bottle or bag.

  • November Autumn Spice - Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg. Recipes and info for pumpkin pie, spice cake, spice latte, hot buttered rum
  • December Holiday Roasts and Stocks - Bay leaf, thyme, sage, rosemary. Recipes and info for roast turkey, bone stocks, broths and soups
  • January Superbowl Chili - Chile powder, cumin, cayenne, oregano. Recipes and info for American style chilii, spice-rubbed beef roast, spicy cocktails
  • February Winter stews and curries - Star anise, coriander, curry powder. Recipes and info for asian beef stew, Indian curry, roast pork
  • March Pepper pot - Paprika, garlic powder, Aleppo pepper. Recipes and info for burgers, beans, deviled eggs, bloody mary
  • April Baking for Spring- Vanilla bean, lemon peel, orange peel, poppy seeds. Recipes and info for cakes and breads

(Spices and recipe selections will continue to evolve. I already have an entire year in planning, but I'm getting ahead of myself!)

In backing this Kickstarter campaign you'll help pilot this new way to use and discover spices. My rewards are simple, a 3-month and 6-month plan. 3 months is $18, and 6 months is $36, which means you get a package of spices every month for $6. Early supporters can take advantage of a limited quantity of full-length 6 month subscriptions at a 33% discount.

Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. I have 30 days to make my funding goal. The funding total is based on my calculation of the minimum number of subscribers that I need to give a year-round Seasonal Spices delivery service a chance to get off the ground. Thank you very much for considering backing my project. :-)

Risks and challenges

There are very few risks as everything with the project is planned and ready to go.

In order to ensure on time delivery, my most critical need will be to receive proper mailing information for everyone who will receive the monthly spice packages. There are often mailing address problems that result in returned packages that need to be re-shipped with corrected mailing information.

I do not foresee spice supply difficulties. I will be making selections from leading spice suppliers to assure that your spices are fresh, organic and natural.

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  • You selected
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    14 backers

    Spice Minion! My sincere thanks for your donation to get Seasonal Spices on its feet.

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    68 backers

    Starter Spice! As a beloved supporter of Seasonal Spices, you'll receive the first three months' subscription, starting in November.

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    50 backers All gone!

    Early Spice! Receive the entire 6 months subscription for a special early price.

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    200 backers

    Spice Pilot! Heartfelt thanks to you! For your contribution, you will receive the complete inaugural six month Seasonal Spices subscription, which will include a sampling of some of the best pantry spices for holiday cooking as well as an introduction to Aleppo Pepper.

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Funding period

- (30 days)