Whether you’re a homebody who just wants to relax at home or an adventuring spirit eager to get away to somewhere exotic, you’ve still got to eat. Banish the bland and keep it simple with these 10 essential spices and teas that pull double (or triple) duty and keep your vacation or staycation well flavored!
Keep It Simple – Storage
Summer is all about simple and easy, so we’ve chosen spices and teas that pull double duty to get you the most from one tasty little package, but how do you store them? Try these handy ideas to keep them tidy and compact, because we all know space is at a premium!
- Cosmetics Case/Pencil Case – Can’t get much simpler than throwing your favorite baggies of spices and teas in a zippered pouch like a cosmetics or pencil case. You probably already have one you aren’t using and if not, a big zip-top bag will do the trick!
- Weekly Pill Case – Cheap and handy, these weekly pill cases come in a variety of shapes and sizes and work great for taking small amounts of your favorite teas and spices along on camping trips; plus, you can pick them up anywhere. Just remember, if you are going through airport security, it’s best to leave food items in their original containers with labels.
- Watchmaker’s Case – Try our handy Watchmaker’s Case, featuring a clear lid and 6 small storage tins to keep your favorite spices and teas in one handy container! Available in store only.
Bring It On – The 10 Essential Spices & Teas to Flavor Your Get Away
Here they are, our 10 essential picks to keep your get away well flavored this summer. The list wouldn’t be complete without some ideas on how to use them, so we’ve taken all the guesswork out for you with tips on easy vacation meal ideas. Enjoy!
Spice, Spice, Baby
We will get straight to the point on this one. Our 4 spice blends picks are:
Vik’s Spice Blend – THE all-around great spice blend, Vik’s is fantastic on everything from your morning scramble to a topping for your pizza. Its all around deliciousness will have you coming back for more again and again! A must-have for the more traditionally inclined pallet and a great starter blend for those just beginning to dabble in flavor options. Mix with Greek yogurt or sour cream for a great dip or try it on eggs, roasted veggies, burgers, steaks, chicken, and seafood or use it to jazz up your mashed potatoes.
Tuscany Spice Blend – Another all-around favorite, Tuscany Spice Blend is an Italian food lover’s dream. Use on pasta, over chicken breasts, in sauces, toss with plain bread crumbs for an Italian breading mix, or add to olive oil for delicious bread dipping.
Seafood Blackening Spice Blend – It’s right there in the name and this is AMAZING on seafood, but don’t let that box you in. Made from a blend of our Low Country Boil seasoning and our Cajun Blend, use it on French fries or Deviled Eggs for a Cajun Kick or toss with your favorite snack mix and a bit of hot sauce for a spicy treat on the road. Trying to stay healthy while on vacation? Try it on kale chips or sprinkle on corn-on-the-cob. Even a Bloody Mary gets a flavor boost with this deliciously versatile blend!
Backwoods Hickory Rub – What summer would be complete without a bit of BBQ grilling flavor? Not ours! If smoky and rustic are what you crave, then you MUST. HAVE. THIS. BLEND. Absolutely scrumptious on meats cooked over the campfire or on your backyard grill, the robust flavor of this rub is tempered just a smidge with a hint of sweetness that balances the grilling universe. Heavenly in your homemade burgers or when used to liven up any cut of meat, baste with olive or balsamic oil and rub in the goodness that is this blend and enjoy!
Let’s Get Salty!
No, not that kind of salty, the flavorful kind that has folks coming back for seconds. Two of our salt blends are so tasty, we just had to include them in our summer must-haves. If you only have space for one or two blends in your suitcase, bring these. Some of us even keep a grinder bottle or two handy in our handbags all year round (who will forever remain unnamed for the sake of workplace tranquility)! You will not regret packing these two lovelies, just don’t let the waiter catch you ‘fixing’ that bland dish with a twist of your favorite! Without further ado, here they are:
Florida Sunshine Spice Blend – Sold online with the ‘Florida’ label, you may find it under the state name of the store in which you bought it (like “California Sunshine” in Cali) but regardless of what state you buy it in, this blend is the bomb diggity! A blend of sea salt with orange, lemon and lime zest, green peppercorns, ginger, and rose petals, the options are endless! A favorite for eggs and fish, but delicious over a salad, on chicken or even to lend the ‘salt’ to salty-sweet snacks and desserts like salted caramel or chocolate dipped pretzels. Hand mixed and bottled fresh, you can’t go wrong with this blend!
Kahuna Garlic Salt Spice Blend – With simply amazing garlic flavor, this blend is the real Kahuna! Perfect for garlic lovers, with Red Hawaiian Sea Salt, garlic, onion, and parsley, this blend is paradise to the taste buds. Liven up any savory dish with a couple twists from this beauty, the perfect finishing touch for practically everything (No, not ice cream. You know what we mean!). Salad, soup, pasta, meats, seafood, veggies, sauces…you really can’t go wrong. Totally worth the packing space!
You’ll be the picture of tranquility with these 4 teas along for the ride. Great both hot and iced, we selected favorites that pull their own weight and earn them a spot in your suitcase! Whether you need a pick-me-up or a wind-down, these teas have you covered with delicious energy and soothing relaxation built in to each cup. Annnnd here they are:
Get Up & Goji – If you’re looking for a bit of pep in your step that keeps on going (and doesn’t come with a double shot of espresso), this tea delivers. Bold and delicious, beautiful before and after brewing, Get Up & Goji gives you the energy you need to take on whatever adventure awaits.
Blue Raspberry Crush – This absolutely stunning naturally blue herbal tea is one of our limited summer teas and oh, so perfect for the season. Perfect for taking along on your next hike or trip to the beach. Lightly sweet all on its own, with refreshing raspberry flavor and hints of lemongrass. This tea is a summer time go-to for uplifting, reviving hydration.
Mint Basil Herbal Tea– Naturally sweet, this deep and comforting brew soothes and relaxes while refreshing and invigorating the senses. Positively delicious, this tea also contains great wellness properties to help you be your best you. Whether you’re starting the day or ending it, you can’t miss with Mint Basil Herbal Tea.
Green Tropical Tea – True to its name, this green tea contains bits of the tropics with pineapple, coconut and currant all lending their flavors to its delightful brew. A tea like this makes you forget how good green tea is for you as you’ll be sipping away and slipping into a tropical state of mind. Naturally sweet and wonderful hot or iced, it’s a must have for your next Hawaiian themed party, or just to bring a bit of the tropics with you wherever you go.
Make brewing your tea away from home a bit more convenient with one of our Steep & Go Infusers that fit most water bottles, or try one of our collapsible Tuffy Steepers and bring your tea to go in our Tumblers.