Orange Coast Magazine

Taste of O.C. | Priscilla Mayfield on food


For April, a Refreshing Deal From Savory Spice Shop

That jar may look empty―but it's actually 'Cash in Your Cupboard'

At The Groves Antique Fair at the Orange County Great Park last week, I had a nice chat with a seller about his extensive display of old spice boxes, tins, and bottles. He had some as old as 1930s-era, but the familiar red-and-white McCormick tin, other than logo updates, hasn’t undergone any truly radical change over the decades.

I thought about that collection a couple of days later when I got a coincidental reality check from Laura Shute, owner of Savory Spice Shop in Corona del Mar. Do you have any McCormick tins in your spice cupboard? Shute points out that McCormick stopped making the tins more than 15 years ago. That’s some pretty old seasoning—though of course you may have been refilling over the years, keeping the charming container. And if that’s the case, you probably already know Savory Spice is the perfect place for that.

Either way, it might be time to refresh, and Savory Spice is offering a little incentive. Through the end of April, bring in an empty herb or spice jar from any competitor and get $1 off a bottle of Savory Spice of your choice. Shute’s calling it “Cash in Your Cupboard,” and reminds us that dried herbs last 8 months to a year, and ground spices and blends about a year. Whole spices like peppercorns and cinnamon sticks last longer, up to three years.

And if you do find some couple-decades-old McCormick tins lurking, bring them—and their contents—to an antique market, where they belong.



Leave a comment:

· Subscribe to comments
Be the first to comment here.

OC Guides


OC Guides
  • O.C.’s Best: Tiki Drinks

    Though some regard them as overly cloying concoctions, tiki cocktails such as mai tais and zombies are enjoying a resurgence in Orange County. Craft bartenders layer the rum-based drinks with multiple spirits and spices to create beguiling and complex potions. Here are five great places to get your tiki on. Read More
  • Neighborhood: Dana Point

    Perched above Pacific Coast Highway, Monarch Bay Plaza reflects the relaxed sophistication of its Dana Point neighborhood. In the Spanish-style mall with red tile roofs, ocean breezes blow through white stucco archways, and upscale-yet-casual boutiques and restaurants attract locals and tourists. Read More
  • O.C.’s Best: Vegan Breakfasts

    Veg-heads don’t just mow down bowls of granola and slam wheatgrass shots at the break of dawn. Most want to enjoy brunching on Sunday-Funday with everyone else. And because it can be hard to find tofu scrambles and dairy-free waffles, we’ve rounded up five local eateries that provide tasty vegan options to start the morning right. Read More
  • Best of 2014: Nutty Brûlée

    No one can resist breaking into the sugary crust of crème brûlée, and this one packs an extra surprise with its abundance of silky-smooth chocolate-hazelnut custard below—thanks to the addition of Nutella. This sinful dessert is incredibly rich and best shared with a friend. $8
    704 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, 949‑673‑7173,

    Read More
  • Best of 2014: Honey Bee Chicken

    You’ll fall in lust with the chicken pieces at BBQ Chicken at Diamond Jamboree in Irvine. Fried in olive oil for a crunchy exterior, they’re tossed in a sweet honey sauce making them all the more delicious. $11 to $21

    Read More

Expert Advice from Orange County's GrapeRadio Hosts
wine blog

stuff we love

Charitable Events Calendar