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Kitchen Favorites: Trader Joe’s Herbes de Provence

Kitchen Favorites: Trader Joe's Herbes de Provence

I have been toying around with the idea of starting a kitchen favorite series on the blog to share my favorite items and how to use them. Here we are with the first kitchen favorite; Trader Joe’s Herbes de Provence! This is a aromatic blend of dried herbs including rosemary, oregano, thyme, basil, savory, sage and lavender. Herbes de Provence is one of my absolute favorite mixes because of its versatility and aroma.

This particular one can only be found at Trader Joe’s. It costs $5.99, which is slightly more than most herb jars but you get more for your money. Trader Joe’s herbes de Provence is bigger in comparison to other herb jars. The jar is super cute and comes with an attached wooden spoon for scooping the dried herbs. It would certainly make an amazing hostess gift. The beautiful aroma of the herbs hits your nose the moment you open the jar. You can tell good quality herbs were used to create this mix.

Kitchen Favorites: Trader Joe's Herbes de Provence

Ways to use Trader Joe’s Herbes de Provence:

Herbes de Provence is a mixture of dried herbs typically from the Provence region South of France. It similar to but not exactly the same as Italian seasoning which does not include savory. This herb mix is superb with meat, especially roast beef and chicken. It is also great with veggies, fish and lots more.

  • For a quick Provencal style chicken recipe, mix herbes de Provence with garlic, salt, pepper and oil then rub inside and outside a whole chicken. Roast for about an hour and half. Its simple and absolutely delicious!
  • You can also roast potatoes coated with a mixture of herbes de Provence, garlic, salt and oil for the most amazing potato side dish.
  • A good pinch of herbes de Provence will make your scrambled eggs or tofu more special.
  • Herbes de Provence is a great addition to salad dressings too.
  • On bread, with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, so delicious!

Trader Joe's Herbes de Provence

I am always looking for new ways to use this magical blend of herbs and would love to hear your thoughts and ideas in the comment box below! You can find more recipe inspiration by checking out my food archives here

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Talking Spices: storage and new flavors

If you love spices this post is for you! My boyfriend is originally from Grenada so every now and then I get to receive the best spices from his family whenever they visit. Grenada is a beautiful Island in the Caribbean and is known as the Spice island as it is one of the largest exporters of spice varieties like nutmeg. What I love about Grenadian spices is that salt is usually not included or it is not one of the main ingredients and therefore all you are getting is the spice itself for greater depth in flavor

Grenada Spices

Recently  I received a batch of some of my favorites including nutmeg and cinnamon but I am specially excited about the bergamot which I haven’t used before. I was glad they explained that it is used for cakes and pastries on the bottle otherwise I would have been using it in my stews or roasts. Today I sprinkled a little if it in my milk for the yoghurt I was making and I am thinking its going to add a fun unique flavor. If this little experiment with bergamot in yogurt works I will be happy to share the yogurt recipe soon.

Grenada spices

How to store your spices

  1. Spices usually lose their intensity when they have been out in the open for a while. I suggest replacing your spices after every 5 or 6 months for maximum flavor.
  2. Store them in a cool dark place away from heat. I admit there are some really cute spice stands that look good on the kitchen counter and I am guilty of owning one. I tend to use it for spices that I use daily like onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and dried herbs as they are usually used up in a few weeks.
  3. Buy whole instead of ground. Whole spices last much longer than ground and if you are not up to all the work that come with them you can use a coffee or spice grinder whenever you need them.

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