Featured Spice : Crystallized Ginger

featured spice crystallized ginger

This week Spice Specialist is featuring Crystallized Ginger. Crystallized Ginger is a candied version of the spice ginger which is often used in backing  and confectionery cooking. Crystallized Ginger can also used in cooking, in drink recipes and has many beneficial health benefits. It adds as subtle sweetness to most recipes.

Crystallized Ginger, also know as candied ginger, is used in all kinds of food – including: Drinks & Garnishes, Spreads & Salads, Appetizers & Entrees and, of course, in sweet sugary desserts.

Making Cocktails with Crystallized Ginger

Here are some cocktail recipe ideas using crystallized ginger.

tiniGinger Saketini – A ginger lovers delight! Uses ginger ale, fresh and crystallized ginger!


applegingersparklerApple-Ginger Sparklers – A Martha Stewart recipe? You know its got to be good!


gingercoctailCrystallized Ginger Cocktail





Health Benefits of Ginger

Treats Nausea & Motion Sickness – Ginger is known as an anti-nausea aid and sucking on crystallized ginger pieces can help relieve nausea and motion sickness.

Reduces Stress – The scent of ginger can act as a pick-me-up when you are tired, and is considered a herbal remedy for chronic fatigue syndrome.

Treats Morning Sickness – Crystallized ginger can also help with nausea related to morning sickness.

Used in the Treatment of Muscle Pain and Inflammation – A scientific study has found that 2 grams of ginger reduced pain and inflammation due to exercise. Ginger can also help reduce joint inflammation from arthritis.

We’re Featured: Brooklyn Brine Does The Chew

Brooklyn brine

On the February 3rd edition of the TV show The Chew, one of Spice Specialist’s clients – Brooklyn Brine – was featured. The Chew’s Michael Symon visited the workspace of Brooklyn Brine and followed them as they made another batch of their fantastical pickles.

Here is the video of The Chew’s visit to Brooklyn Brine.


And featured were a few scenes highlighting our spices at work! Here you can see one of Brooklyn Brine’s mixtures containing our spices: Pickling Spice, Coriander Seed, Black Peppercorn  & Paprika, among others.

Spice Specialist’s spices. Making the world extra tasty!

“Sexy, Smokey, Exotic and Downright Hot” Spice Gift Set

They say the way to your lovers heart is through his/her stomach! Well for Valentine’s Day why not temp the one you love with one of our sexy, smokey, exotic, hot spice kits?

five things for chicken wings

Today we are featuring our Five Things for Chicken Wings Gift Set which contains Wing Zing, Wing Sauce Powder, BBQ Sweet Blend, Thai Seasoning and Smoked Paprika. Perfect for a hot and spicy appetizer before the big night!

Five Things for Chicken Wings Gift

Order Now. There is still time to order and receive before Valentine’s Day!

We Offer Custom Spice Blending!

OuiOui Chef Chef! Did you know Spice Specialist can custom blend spices especially for you?

We use the highest quality spices to custom blend for our chefs. Our spices are 100% pure with no fillers or additives and are Kosher. Call us for more info. (516-942-7248)

Congratulations Hot Pepper Award Winners!

Hot Pepper Awards

We’d like to congratulate 2 of our customers for their wins in the 8th Annual Hot Pepper Awards! Congratulations to Uncle Bunk & Blazin’ Bob! Long may your heat sizzle!

Blazin’ Bob


1st place – Dry Spice – Peppers – Blazin’s Bob’s Hot Pepper Blend (Pepper Category)

Uncle Bunk’s


1st place - Condiment – Sandwich Condiment – Uncle’s Bunks Hot Mustard Sauce

1st place – Condiment – Sandwich Pickled – Uncle’s Bunks 14 Day Hot Sweet Pickles

3rd place – Dry Spice – Seasoning – Uncle Bunk’s Southwestern Sizzle




The Secret Spice Mix

Secret Spice Mix

Turmeric and Sumac and Dried Rose Petals. Oh my!

This weeks Tasting Table NY newsletter contains an article that offers 5 ways to help face the new year clean, sober and healthy. But the part that caught our interest was their “Secret Spice mix.” Based on an “old family” recipe from TTNY’s Food Editor Andy Baraghani, this spice mix is your secret stash to amp-up your yogurt, veggies, plain grains or proteins.

Secret Spice Mix
1 tablespoon dried rose petals, finely ground (optional)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon sumac
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black peppercorn
⅛ teaspoon ground clove
⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine all the ingredients, then cover and store for a month!

Check out the article for more New Year suggestions- Reboot: 2015 Edition – Simple, not-lame tips for cleaning up your act this year

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