I do volunteer work in a kitchen where I feed 150 to 200 other volunteers. On one Saturday afternoon, we were making hamburgers and french fries. Because none of us are professionals, we used seasoned salt to season the fries. While making the many trays of fries, we ran out of the seasoned salt. My crew was going to run out and buy some more, but that would waste precious time. We had to have lunch done by noon and it had to be hot when we served it. So, I tell our head cook that I can make salt concoction. He allows me to do it, but not without threatening me that it better taste the same as the other trays of french fries; he was anal like that. But, I acted confident, even though I wasn’t sure if I could make it taste exactly the same. I could read the ingredients on the back of the seasoned salt container. What more do I need? So, I start pulling out the ingredients and sprinkling it on the fries: salt, paprika, sugar…
The head cook freaked out. “What are you doing with that sugar? We are not making sugar fries!”, he yells.
I try to assure him, “Don’t worry. I know what I’m doing. You’ll like the way it tastes.”
“You better make it taste good. Otherwise, I will knock you upside your head”
We, obviously, had a healthy relationship. So, I didn’t say anything and continued to season the fries. When they came out of the oven, he tried them and couldn’t stop eating them. So, in the end, we were able to serve everyone in time and I saved myself from some head knocking.
As we can see, there is a reason seasoned salt is so addicting. It normally has sugar listed as one of its ingredients. One popular brand lists it as the first ingredient after salt.
Since I can’t eat sugar anymore, I needed to find a replacement. Regular salt is fine, but sometimes I needed more than that. I needed some flavor. Seasoned salt was a quick way to flavor something without having to think about it. It’s difficult to know what herbs complement each other or what seasons taste good on what foods. Seasoned salt figured it all out for me.
Step in the mighty Spike seasoning.
Have you ever tried this?!?
I was in the kitchen one day and my mother-in-law walks in, hands me this seasoning and walks out. I was taken off guard. Did she want me to put it away for her? Did she assume it was mine and that I left it in some random place where she found it? She then comes back and says, “I used to use this on everything. You will like it, especially because you don’t eat sugar.”
So, what’s the first thing I do? I turned the bottle around to inspect the ingredients. Did this really have no sugar in it? There was a long list of ingredients, so I expected to see sugar listed, in some form, at least twice.
Well, I didn’t see it once. Not once! In fact, just to keep me honest here are the ingredients. Tell me if you see it somewhere: Salt Crystals (Earth And Sea), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (No Added Msg), Soy Granules, Mellow Toasted Onion, Nutritional Yeast, Garlic, Orange Powder, Dill, Kelp, Horseradish, Mustard Flour, Orange And Lemon Peel, Celery Granules, And Powder, Sweet Green And Red Bell Peppers, Parsley Fakes, Celery Root Powder, White Pepper, Turmeric, Rosehips, Summer Savory, Onion Powder, Parsley Powder, Mushroom Powder, Coriander, Fenugreek, Basil, Cayenne Pepper, Spinach Powder, Cloves, Cumin, Ginger, Marjoram, Oregano, Thyme, Tarragon, Cinnamon, Safflower, Paprika, Tomato, Rosemary, Celery Seed. Contains No Chemical Free Flowing Agents.
What’s amazing about this is that you can use it on anything that you would use seasoned salt. If you need to quickly fry a couple of eggs for work, sprinkle some Spike’s seasoning. If you are trying to make a quick dinner for the kids, sprinkle some Spike’s seasoning on it. If you are doing homework and only have some bland ramen noodles, sprinkle some of this some it.
I know what you are thinking, “It’s only seasoning. Are you really writing a whole blog about it?” Yes, I am! It is so easy to find food that I can’t eat. When I can find something that I can eat and it’s delicious, I tell everyone about it. So, consider yourself informed. Now my job is done.
Have you found any seasonings that you cannot live without? What you find to be your go-to for flavor? Tell let me know in the comments.