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Taste Awards 2021

Featured, News

We are pleased to announce that the following products have been awarded a Great Taste award 2021. The largest and most trusted food and drink awards on the planet, we...

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10 Essential Ingredients in Thai Cooking

Featured, Understanding Spices

Thai cuisine is known for its complex flavours and mix of sour, sweet, bitter and salty. If you’re looking to cook more Thai dishes at home, the first thing you...

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The Best Food Gifts for Foodies

Featured, Understanding Spices

The good news keeps on coming here at Seasoned Pioneers. After six of our products won at the Great Taste Awards 2020 (one of the highest awards in the food...

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Top 10 Indonesian dishes

Featured, Spicy Adventures

Spread across 17,000 islands and home to 270 million people, Indonesia is a diverse mix of landscapes, people, cultures and traditions. It also has a rich food heritage which has...

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8 Popular Sandwiches Around The World

In honour of British Sandwich Week, we’re celebrating not just British sandwiches, but sandwiches from all around the world. Join us on a trip to South America, Asia, Africa and...

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British Sandwich Week 2022

What is British Sandwich Week? Each year, British Sandwich Week is celebrated across the UK. This year, the humble sandwich in all its glory will be celebrated between 22nd May...

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Spices Used When Cooking Or Smoking Trout

Understanding Spices

We have been asked a few times what are the best spices to use when cooking or smoking fresh trout so we though the following blog post would be helpful....

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How to cook trout

Trout are a species of mainly freshwater fish, although there are some which are salt-water dwellers such as sea trout, and some which have a fin in both waters, such...

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Retro food is back in vogue!

News

Nostalgia has crept into our food culture with a surge in popularity of the dishes we loved in the 1970s. There is no doubt that some of them are probably...

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Truly Original Wedding Favours

Seasonal Ideas

Splice it with Spice – Wedding Favours Bespoke wedding favours will add that 'extra something' to your wedding celebrations! Unconventional and innovative, our spice tins filled with authentic Cajun Spice...

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5 Essential Ingredients In Ukrainian Cooking

With its long agricultural tradition, rich dark soil and expansive fields of produce, Ukraine has gained the nickname ‘the breadbasket of Europe’. With its bountiful harvests, it makes sense that...

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Top 10 Ukrainian dishes to try

Spicy Adventures

You’ve probably heard of chicken Kyiv and borscht, but what about varenyky or deruni? Ukrainian cuisine has had many influences over the centuries, whether that’s neighbouring countries, climate conditions or...

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How To Pickle Vegetables At Home

Understanding Spices

What is quick pickling? If you think that pickling vegetables is a long, drawn-out process that will take you all weekend, think again. Quick pickling is actually very easy (hence...

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Best Herbs And Spices For Digestion

Understanding Spices

Your gut plays a large role in your general health and wellbeing, and the foods you eat can have a direct impact on your gut’s bacteria, or microbiome. Good bacteria...

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South American Chilli Powders

Understanding Spices

Most Popular South American Chillies Up until Christopher Columbus made his way to the New World in 1492, chillies were relatively unknown to the rest of the world. He didn’t...

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Chilli (Chillies) Health Benefits

Understanding Spices

Is Chilli Good for You? Did you know that chillies give us more than flavour? We all know that spices, seasonings and chillies are used worldwide to create a huge...

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Saffron spice

Understanding Spices

Often referred to as ‘red gold’, saffron is one of the most expensive and prized spices in the world. It’s made from the stigmas of the crocus sativus flower, commonly...

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Picnic Season Starts!

Seasonal Ideas

As Brits we love when the weather starts to get warmer. Even more so when we can eat al fresco without our coats and extra layers on! A picnic in...

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10 Best Plant Based Milks

Health and Wellbeing

The popularity of plant based milks have skyrocketed over the past decade. More and more people are choosing plant based milks over dairy for many different reasons. Whether it’s for...

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Best Foods for Gut Health

Health and Wellbeing

What you eat directly impacts the bacteria in your gut, also known as the microbiome. Your gut plays a huge role in your health and wellbeing — not only does...

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Best And Worst Cheeses For Mac & Cheese

Spicy Adventures

Mac and cheese is much more than an instant student meal. When done right, homemade mac and cheese is a delightfully indulgent comfort meal. Not only is it easy to...

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10 Popular South American Sauces and Dips

Spicy Adventures

Sauces and dips are important in recipes as they maximise flavours and add juiciness and colour to dishes. South American sauces and dips are particularly delicious, with rich flavours and...

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All About Miso

Understanding Spices

What is miso? Miso means ‘fermented beans’ in Japanese. It’s a fermented paste which adds a savoury, umami-rich flavour to all kinds of dishes. It’s an essential ingredient in Japanese...

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10 Best One-Pot Recipes

Spicy Adventures

Sometimes, all you need is a simple, no-fuss recipe for those moments when you don’t feel like getting all the different pots and pans out. One-pot recipes are a saviour...

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7 New Year’s Food Traditions Around The World

Champagne, canapes and sparklers are all New Year's Eve essentials. But in other parts of the world, so are food items such as grapes and soba noodles. As the new...

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Honey vs Agave: Which One Is Better?

Understanding Spices

As we learn more about refined sugars and the health issues associated with them, the more we turn to natural alternatives like coconut sugar, date syrup and blackstrap molasses. These...

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All About Oats

Understanding Spices

What are oats? Oats are grains from the Avena sativa plant, a species of cereal grain grown for its seed. Oats are believed to have been cultivated by the Greeks...

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Can Herb and Spice Substitutes Save the Day?

Understanding Spices

Substitutes for Herbs and Spices. Many of us know that sinking feeling when, having enthusiastically embarked on an interesting recipe, we find we are missing an essential ingredient, necessitating an...

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Best Local Shops To Support This Christmas

Seasonal Ideas

Small Business Saturday is the UK’s most successful small business campaign, taking place on the first Saturday of December each year. The campaign rallies small businesses to promote themselves and...

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Quatre-Epices Uncovered

Understanding Spices

What is quatre-epices? Quatre-epices means ‘four spices’ in French, and is made up of ground black or white pepper, cloves, nutmeg and dried ginger. This traditional spice blend can be...

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A Guide To Capers

Here’s everything you need to know about these small buds and how to cook with them. What are capers? Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis spinosa, or...

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Mindful Chef Spices – Eat Well. Live Better

Mindful chef was founded by two friends Myles Hopper & Giles Humphries back in 2015. Their shared interest in nutrition and ambition to help others with easy, healthy meals brought...

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10 Essential Ingredients In Mediterranean Cooking

Mediterranean cuisine is full of exciting flavours, from fresh and peppery herbs, to tangy and salty cheeses. The Mediterranean diet is considered one of the world’s healthiest diets, and is...

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The Different Types Of Olive Oil

Understanding Spices

Olive oil is one of the most popular cooking oils used today. It’s the liquid fat which comes from olives, a fruit of a tree native to the Mediterranean. Olive...

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5 Homemade Christmas Foodie Presents

Seasonal Ideas

Surprise your friends and family this Christmas with a homemade treat. Christmas is all about food, friends and family. And what better way to get into the festive spirit than...

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All About Jackfruit

Spicy Adventures

Jackfruit is becoming an increasingly popular item on menus. Here’s everything you need to know about the fruit. What is jackfruit? Jackfruit is a tropical fruit from the same family...

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A Guide To Chickpeas

Health and Wellbeing

Here’s everything you need to know about this legume, from its health benefits to how to cook with it. What are chickpeas? Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a...

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Gousto Spices

Understanding Spices

We have all probably heard or seen an advert for Gousto on the many platforms we have these days, but did you know Gousto had an online cookbook using a...

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Sulphites (Sulfites) and Spices

Understanding Spices

We were asked recently if our spices and spice blends contained sulphites. It turns out that this question wasn’t straight forward, so we thought we would write a short blog...

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10 Essential Ingredients in Mexican Cooking

Understanding Spices

Mexican food is bright and colourful, making the most of fresh produce, fragrant herbs and bold spices to create intense flavours. Starting with the native foods and flavours of Mexico,...

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Welcome to our spice blog. Seasoned Pioneers has been manufacturing spice blends and mixes for over 20 years and are based in the UK.  So hopefully we know a little about spices! This spice blog was formally known as “The Knowledge” but rebranded in the 2020’s to “Blog” in the hope we can connect with more spice lovers. As you browse through our spice blog you will find lots of information about spices and ingredients, how to use them and why. Learn about their history and origins. 

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