I just found a wonderful resource for cruisers — the Great American Spice Company! And while they have a large selection of what might be called “traditional” spices, it’s their non-traditional offerings that intrigued me.
Things like powdered worcestershire, blue cheese, and hickory smoke. And lots more. The powders don’t need refrigeration and can either be mixed with water or just sprinkled into a recipe.
Four big advantages for cruisers:
- Since the powders will stay good quite a long time, you can keep a stock on hand.
- Most of the powders take up less space than the liquid version.
- Powders are much easier to carry in luggage for those items that you can find in your chosen cruising grounds (the hickory smoke powder is the same flavor as “Liquid Smoke” which is almost impossible to find outside the US).
- No refrigeration needed — great for things like the blue cheese and cheddar powders. While they won’t work on top of a cracker, they can be used in many recipes as a flavoring.
While they have hundreds of different items, and I haven’t begun to scratch the surface with the few I’ve tried, here are several that might interest you:
- Blue Cheese Powder — add to a salad, sprinkle over veggies or a baked potato, add to butter and make grilled bread, or toss with pasta
- Buttermilk Powder — use in any recipe calling for buttermilk
- Cheddar Cheese Powder — mix in biscuits
- Hickory Smoke Powder — great substitute for Liquid Smoke in making your own barbecue sauces or “smoked” fish dip
- Maple Powder — you can make it into syrup or just use it as flavoring — I like to mix a bit of the powder into pancake batter and the egg mixture for French toast, then not use syrup
- Worcestershire Powder — use it just like the liquid
They have lots more, too — you can see the whole list of their flavored powders here!