Buy Herbs and Spices Online- Monday, January 26, 2015

Need a quick and convenient way to get some spice into your meals and on your taste buds? With Colonel De you can shop the entire inventory online, and have all the herbs and spices your heart desires shipped straight to your front door.

With our large variety of herbs and spices you can create new and exciting meals to make at your home.  We even have some archived recipes, and go into detail with some spices at Spice University.  Another great resource is with our how to videos that cover a variety of topics, and show you exactly how to cook certain meals.

We’re big on spices, so we figured we should tell you about a few.  Many of our spices are great for year round use.  For example, our adobo seasoning is always useful in Spanish and Latin inspired dishes, while anise and allspice seasoning is commonly used in baking and any dish you’d like to find an “earthy and warm” sense of taste.  Try them out the next time you’re looking for a new food experience.

Do you have a question about a recipe, spice, or anything involved with cooking? Ask the Colonel right here on the blog! We love discussing culinary topics. Whether it’s on here, Facebook, or Twitter, we look forward to helping you tackle any challenge you may be having in the kitchen.  Thanks for cooking with Colonel De!

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Salt Pearls- Thursday, December 11, 2014

Looking for the perfect type of sea salt pearls? Colonel De has the best selection you’ll find, and you can purchase online! Our varieties of Afar Sea Pearls are salt particles from the Afar Lake in Africa. These salt pearls come from the sides of the lake, and they have a sweet salty taste.

Extra Fine Sea Pearls are naturally created from the sides of lake afar. They have subtle and sweeter taste that is about the same size as regular table salt. This size of sea pearls is mostly used for finishing dishes, and to accent recipes.

Petite Sea Pearls are very similar to our extra fine pearls in the sense that its used mostly for cooking and finishing. It also has a sweeter taste, but because the pearls are bigger it has a stronger and more potent taste. These pearls are about the size of a bead.

Perfect size pearls are our biggest sized pearls that are about the size of a small gumball. This size pearl is more versatile in use, and it provides the strongest taste of the three. The Lake Afar water doesn’t fail in giving this salt a sweeter taste too!

For more information on our Afar Sea Salt Pearls please contact us! You can also order them online from the links above. Enjoy!

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Booty Rub- Monday, October 20, 2014

Booty Rub is a tasty blend of herbs and spices that has helped Colonel De make a name for himself.  Originally formulated in the historic melting pot they call OTR,It’s a rub that fittingly goes well on almost any dish. There are three types of Booty Rub for wich Colonel De is known.  These Booty Rubs are Baby Carter's Sweet Butt & Booty Rub, Cousin Pogo's Award Winnin' Butt and Booty Rub, and OTR Butt and Booty Rub.  Each blend is slightly different and special in their own way.

Baby Carters Sweet Butt & Booty Rub iis a blend including: paprika, sea salt, garlic, onion, coriander, and brown bourbon vanilla sugar.  It's a sweet blend that goes especially wellon meats and veggies.

Cousin Pogo’s Award Winnin’ Butt & Booty Rub is more of an herb rub that includes: paprika, sugar, sage, cilantro, oregano, rosemary, thyme, garlic, onion, celery salt, and coffe.  The use of coffe in this blend gives it a very unique taste.

OTR Butt & Booty Rub is a classic blend and a fan favorite.  It has many unique ingredients including: paprika, salt, sugar, chile powder, black pepper, ancho chili, onion, garlic, and white pepper.  This blend stems from its roots in OTR, and can enhance the flavor of several dishes.

Whether you’re looking for a booty rub, another blend, or even just to learn more about cooking, Colonel De is a great resource.  On top of viewing the wide selection, you can even order online. Take a look at our booty rubs below.

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Buying Spices Online- Friday, August 15, 2014

Beyond the Grocery Store: Buying Spices Online

Whether you are an experienced chef or a home cook, you know that the right spice selection can elevate your dish from bland to show-stopping. Armed with a pantry full of high-quality spices, anyone can feel confident and secure in their cooking abilities. When you buy spices online you are better able to control the types of products that you purchase. The following tips look at how to ensure that you get the most out of your spices.

Avoid the Spice Aisle

What many cooks may not understand is that there are varying degrees of spice quality that can affect the taste of your food. Cheap spices purchased at the grocery store do not provide results with the same depth of flavor as the quality you can get when you buy spices online. The products on your grocery store’s shelves are often past their shelf life, reducing their potency. Spices purchased online are generally fresher and can last longer.

DIY Grinding

Rather than purchasing pre-ground spices that go stale quickly, buy your spices whole and grind them yourself. Some ground spices contain additives that the FDA does not require suppliers to list in the ingredients, including the following:

  • Flour
  • Rice
  • Salt

Whole spices not only stay fresher longer, but they do not contain anything other than the spice itself that you can grind when you need it.

Buy a Little at a Time

Buying spices in bulk may seem like the most frugal option, but your spices can become stale if you don’t use them fast enough. When you buy spices online, you get quality products that are more potent. As a result, you don’t have to use as much when you cook to get a desired flavor. Try buying less than you think you’ll need and reorder if you run out.

We have a huge selection of spices ready to add to any dish. Colonel De makes it easy to find and purchase the essential products for your pantry.

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Pork Rub- Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pork Rub is Key to a Perfect Pulled Pork Sandwich

Are you stumped about what to make for dinner tonight? Are you trying to eat healthier by cutting down on your red-meat consumption? As the pork producers remind us in their ads, “pork is the other white meat.” While chicken dries out easily if it is not prepared properly, pork is moist and juicy. Pork, especially the larger cuts, is difficult to overcook. There’s no easier and more delicious dinner than a pork picnic shoulder spiced up nicely with pork rub and cooked on low heat for 8 to 10 hours in a slow-cooker, smoker, or barbeque grill.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches Can’t be Beat

If you’ve never tasted a Carolina-style pulled-pork sandwich, you are truly missing out on flavorful culinary experience. Making pulled-pork sandwiches couldn’t be easier. Once you take your slow-cooked slab of pork out of the slow cooker or off the grill or smoker, let it cool slightly, remove any chunks of fat, and then use two forks to shred the meat. After it cooks for hours, it will fall from the bone and be as tender and soft as butter. Since you already seasoned the meat with pork rub, after you shred it it’s ready to be placed on a bun. Top the shredded pork with a vinegar-based barbeque sauce, pickles, and a dollop of coleslaw and you’ve got an authentic, delicious pulled-pork sandwich with very little time spent in the kitchen. The key to success is the rub. If the rub’s right, the flavor will be right.

Join the Rub Club

When you are ready to fire up your slow-cooker, smoker, or barbeque and taste for yourself what all the fuss is about, head to Colonel De Spice Shop. The quality of your pork rub will make or break your pulled-pork sandwiches. Visit our website at or call us at 513-421-4800. We’ll get you fixed up with exactly what you need to prepare the most delectable pork you’ve ever tasted.

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