How Do You Herbamare?

Back at the beginning of June, I started on a new challenge. Not a fitness challenge. Not a daily smoothie challenge. Something different. Something a little more…herbaceous.

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The wonderful folks over at A.Vogel sent out a call to Canadian health & food bloggers, offering them the chance to try out their Herbamare Sea Salt Seasoning products. I’m all for trying new things, and I had heard and seen a lot about Herbamare, but had never actually tried it myself. I said sign me up, and my tasting kit was soon to arrive!

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What exactly is Herbamare? It’s natural sea salt blended with an array of organic herbs and vegetables – celery, leek, cress, onion, chives, parsley, lovage, garlic, basil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and kelp. There is also a Zesty variety, which includes chili pepper, and a Sodium-Free variety, which uses potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride (what we know as salt). It’s free from artificial flavours and preservatives, and is MSG free.

I decided to ditch my regular sea salt for the duration of June, and set out to use my Herbamare on pretty much everything I would have normally added a bit of salt too. I used it in all sorts of things – like the original blend to season a beautiful roast chicken.

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I loved the zesty flavour for seasoning fried eggs and smashed avocado on toast. Gave it a nice guacamole type flavour. Yum!

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I even brought the little travel sized shakers to work so I could zest up my avocado there. What can I say, I love me some zesty avocado!

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Not pictured are the roast veggies, potato salads, and various other dishes I tried the Herbamare in. Depending on the dish, you might taste the extra herbs or you might not. I think it works really well on single foods, so it doesn’t get lost. I think that’s why I like the Zesty so much in my avocado – I often add salt, pepper, garlic, and cayenne, so having one product to add all that flavour is great. But if you add it to say, a soup or stew, I don’t know that you’ll notice a difference than if you just added salt.

I have to be honest though – the Sodium-Free variety was just not good. I found it to be way to bitter/sharp tasting. I totally get that people want to reduce their sodium intake, and may even need to be on a special diet that greatly restricts sodium, but it was not palatable to my tastes. Perhaps it’s something that one gets used to? It’s also worth pointing out that because the Sodium-Free variety uses potassium as it’s salt substitute, it’s not suitable for anyone who has to watch their sodium intake such as those with kidney disease.

Overall, I enjoyed experimenting with the Herbamare, and I think the Zesty one might take up permanent residence in my cupboard. It is a salt based product, so always use it wisely as we all know sodium can be plentiful in our diets. But it can really add a little zing with out pulling out the contents of your spice cupboard, especially on very simple foods.

 

So tell me – have you ever tried Herbamare? What did you think? And what are your favourite seasonings to use when you cook?

 

Disclaimer – These products were provided to me free of charge. All opinions are my own.

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Categories: Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Review, Samples/Freebies, Seasoning, Vegan, Vegetarian

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