Top 20 Ingredients You Need In 2021

1. Pink Peppercorns ❤️

2021 is the year of mixing things up! Forget everyday Black Peppercorns and reach for vibrant Pink Peppercorns instead.

Characteristics: These spicy, dried berries possess a deeper, more rounded pepperiness than Black Peppercorns. Pink Peppercorns lend foods a different kind of heat, closer to chillies than black pepper. They have the same peppery bite, but it’s wrapped in a sweet fruity flavour reminiscent of a berry with attitude!

Suggested Use: Pink peppercorns can be added to sauces for pork and added to peppercorn sauce to serve with steak. They can also be added to other peppercorns to make your own pepper blends for your home pepper mill. They go well with steak, chicken and fish, add to salad dressings and marinades, the berries can also be added to vinegars and fruit syrups for a little sweet spiciness.

2. Allspice Berries

Characteristics: Allspice combines the flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and pepper all in one berry (which is why we predict its rise to fame in 2021!)

Suggested Use: Allspice is a key ingredient in Caribbean jerk seasoning, and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes, try adding it to stuffing’s nut roasts, stews, casseroles, sausages, ketchup, sauces, jams and pickles. Add to spiced breads, cakes and biscuits and use to make mulled wine and spiced cordials. Whole dried berries can be added to pickles and chutneys, or add them to your peppercorns in a grinder to add a delicious twist to your seasonings. The berries can also be added to potpourri and scented sachets.

3. Garlic Powder 🧄

Everyone’s lives are busier than ever before so the thought of spending your time preparing garlic does not sound ideal but we’ve got a healthy solution… No more chopping and peeling with our Garlic Powder!

Characteristics: This ingredient contains the classic flavour of garlic but in powder form.

Suggested Use: In the kitchen garlic powder goes with just about every savoury food you can cook, add to breads, soups, sauces, stews, sprinkle into pasta and on to pizza, add to butter and herbs to make your own garlic bread. Garlic powder can be added to garden sprays to help deter aphids and other sap sucking pests. It can also be added to lotions, creams and foot powders where antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties are required.

4. Pink Himalayan Salt 🧂

Try something new in 2021 by swapping everyday Sea Salt for some powerfully Pink Himalayan Salt!

Characteristics: This ingredient gives a better texture and flavour to dishes than conventional table salt, making our coarse Himalayan Salt an essential and attractive ingredient for your storecupboard. It’s even believed that pink salt is healthier than sea salt…

Suggested Use: Himalayan salt can be used as a condiment at the table instead of table salt, and to season your culinary creations. It can also be used for bathing – simply throw in the tub for a detoxifying Himalayan salt bath to stimulate circulation and soothe sore muscles.

5. Turmeric 💛

You need to make room for this bold and beautiful spice in the new year if you’re looking for a health kick! There’s not much this versatile ingredient can’t do, from incredible skincare properties to teeth whitening abilities, you’ll love this stuff…

Characteristics: Turmeric has an earthy, bitter taste with a peppery spice. That deep flavour in most curry powders? Yep; that’s turmeric! While the flavour turmeric offers is huge, its colour is just as remarkable.

Suggested Use: Add this spice to curries, soups, stews, sauces and marinades and any dish you wish to colour yellow such as rice. Turmeric has been used as an affordable substitute for saffron and is one of the traditional ingredients used to give piccalilli its yellow colouring. Mix into DIY facemasks for glowing skin and pack into capsules for healthy homemade supplements.

6. Fajita Spice Blend 🌯

This authentic blend took 2020 by storm and we can see it’s already making its way into your dishes!

Characteristics: Our blend of garlic granules, minced onion, oregano, allspice berries, chilli powder, cinnamon, mustard, nutmeg and sea salt, all ground together gives you a deliciously spicy seasoning mix makes whipping up flavour filled food, easy.

Suggested Use: This tasty blend of classic spices used in Mexican cuisine can be used in a variety of ways, as a dry rub or wet marinade it adds flavour to fish, meat and vegetables. Sprinkle it lightly over freshly popped corn to make a tasty spicy savoury snack, or sprinkle over potato wedges or homemade crisps. Add to minced chicken, turkey or pork with a little chopped onion to make your own fajita style burgers. Mix into salad dressings or low fat yogurt to make marinades, dips or toppings for baked potatoes, salads, grilled/baked fish and roasts.

7. Organic Cacao Nibs 🍫

We didn’t think Cacao Nibs could get anymore popular but this superfood is taking 2021 by storm!

Characteristics: Cacao Nibs have a bitter, complex flavour of unsweetened dark chocolate with a firm but chewy texture similar to roasted coffee beans.

Suggested Use: These small pieces of crushed cacao beans will soon become an essential ingredient in your kitchen cupboard thanks to their morish, bitter, chocolatey flavour. Though small in size it’s believed that Cacao Nibs are loaded with nutrients which is why they’re often used as a healthy alternative to chocolate chips (and they’re low in sugar!) So, get creative and sprinkle onto baked goods, toss into your favourite smoothie and stir into your morning coffee. There’s a reason Cacao is known as “food of the gods”…

8. Pinto Beans

With Veganuary on the horizon it’s time to bulk up your plant-based dishes with a nutritious ingredient!

Characteristics: Maybe Pinto Beans are in such high demand because they are the original ingredient of the classic Mexican dish known as refried beans or it could be something to do with the fact they are believed to be an excellent source of protein, fibre, vitamins AND minerals! (They also take on any aromatic flavour they’re paired with… what’s not to love about that?!) Ideal for those quick and easy meals especially when you’re in need of a health kick, you’d be silly not to have a pack or two of Pinto Beans in your kitchen cupboards…

Suggested Use: Add to classic chili con carne recipes, make your own Mexican style refried beans or create your very own baked beans on toast from scratch at home!

9. Mixed Herbs 🌿

Nothing says speed AND flavour quite like our Mixed Herbs. The perfect ingredient for a busy New Year…

Characteristics: Our mixed herbs are an all-purpose blend of 6 aromatic and flavourful herbs and include thyme, marjoram, oregano, sage, basil and parsley. Mixed herbs are an essential store cupboard ingredient which is very easy to use which will add flavour and bring out the best in a variety and wide array of dishes and cuisines.

Suggested Use: This versatile herb mix can be added to sauces, marinades, stews, soups and casseroles, it complements the flavours of meat, dairy and vegetables and dairy dishes. Add to savoury breads, scones and biscuits, stir into bolognese and meat based sauces for ragu’s and shepherds pies. Sprinkle over cheese on toast – before grilling, poultry prior to roasting, quiche, scrambled eggs and omelettes to add a delicious savoury herbed taste and aroma.

10. Couscous

Healthy resolutions all have one thing in common… Couscous! It’s the ultimate healthy blank canvas of the pasta world (although it looks like a grain) it’s actually made with semolina flour from durum wheat.

Characteristics:  Enjoy as a healthy alternative to white rice and pasta or stir into a salad and stuff into veg. Easy to store, quick to prepare and extremely versatile… we just adore this ingredient!

Suggested Use: Tip 200g of couscous into a bowl, pour over 200ml of hot water or boiling vegetable stock, cover and leave for 10 minutes or until the couscous if soft. Fluff up with a fork, drizzle with olive oil and season.

11. Juniper Berries

Every single year our Juniper Berries prove to be our number one most popular ingredient so guess what, of course they’ve made their way onto our top 20 list of ingredients you need in 2021!

Characteristics: Where do we start with Juniper Berries? They’re one of our most popular ingredients and it could very well have something to do with the fact that these small berries make one of the most popular spirits in the world! It’s always gin o’clock when Juniper Berries are involved. These favoured berries have a tart, sharp taste and a piney flavour with a hint of citrus.

Suggested Use: An ideal ingredient to add to rich gamey dishes containing venison, duck and pheasant. They also work well with pork and lamb, and are excellent when added to dishes such as potato gratin, sauerkraut and pickles. The berries can also be used to make sweet syrups to poach fruit in or to use as a base for a fruit salad. To get the best results, lightly crush juniper berries before adding to a dish to help release their flavour.

12. Piri Piri Spice Blend 🌶️

2021 is the year of fiery flavours!

Characteristics: Our Piri Piri Spice Blend is fiery blend of garlic, salt, chilli, onion, basil and cayenne pepper, a little goes a long way…

Suggested Use: Add piri piri spice to olive oil and drizzle on the top of chicken prior to cooking, this hot, fiery blend of spices can also be used in a variety of ways, but a little goes a long way, so use sparingly, used as a dry rub or wet marinade it adds flavour to poultry, fish, meat and vegetables. Sprinkle it lightly over freshly popped corn to make a tasty spicy savoury snack, or sprinkle over potato wedges or homemade crisps. Add to minced chicken, turkey or pork with a little chopped onion to make your own spicy piri piri burgers. Mix into salad dressings or low fat yogurt to make marinades, dips or toppings for baked potatoes and salads, or sprinkle on to fish and roasts before grilling or baking.

13. Organic Apple Rings 🍏

Did someone say healthy snacks?!

Characteristics: You know what they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! These Dried Apple Rings are a healthy solution when you’re feeling a little peckish. With a sweet taste and chewy texture that’s guaranteed to satisfy at any time of day, you’ll find yourself at the end of the bag before you know it (so make sure you stock up!)

Suggested Use: Try adding the dried fruit to granola, herbal teas and use to top fruity bakes.

14. Kelp Powder 🥬

We’ve had a peek at what our customers are already stocking up on in preparation for the New Year and it seems our Kelp Powder is proving popular!

Characteristics: Kelp Powder has a salty taste which makes it perfect for adding flavour to savoury dishes!

Suggested Use: Kelp powder can be added to soups and fish based stews, it can be used to make a poultice that can be used for easing swollen glands; kelp powder can be sprinkled directly on the ground and dug in to add iodine to crops such as tomatoes, may boost the yield.

15. Bentonite Clay

After 2020 we’re all in need of a bit of TLC and that’s where our Bentonite Clay comes in handy!

Characteristics: Bentonite is a naturally occurring hydrated aluminum silicate; a highly absorbent clay which is composed of minerals including iron, silica and aluminium, it is usually formed from volcanic ash which has been aged by time and can vary in colour from dark grey to greenish-grey.

Suggested Use: Bentonite clay is used as a filter in the wine making industry; it is also used to make fireworks and to clean engines. The clay is also used in the cosmetics industry to make some forms of face packs to draw impurities from the face and in certain bath products.

16. Carob Powder

For all your chocolatey needs, reach for our all-natural Carob Powder!

Characteristics: Our carob powder has a slightly sweet, mildly chocolate-like and nutty flavour and can be used as a substitute for cocoa powder.

Suggested Use: Use in cakes, biscuits, muffins and pastries where you would add cocoa; carob is a good substitute for followers of a vegan diet being dairy free and it makes a pleasant alternative to cocoa drinks. Carob powder can also be used to make syrup which can be poured on pancakes and cereals. Additionally, carob contains no theobromine, a substance found in chocolate that is poisonous to some mammals, including dogs, so carob can be used to make sweet treats for dogs.

17. Mango Powder 🥭

We actually estimate our entire collection of healthy Fruit Powders to be extremely popular in the New Year BUT particularly our Mango Powder!

Characteristics: Mango Powder has a slightly sour flavour similar to mango fruit.

Suggested Use: Dry mango powder is used to add acidic tang and sharpness as well as fruity aromatic flavour in Asian cuisines; it is often used as a souring agent as it keeps better in in hotter climbs than other agents used for souring such as lemon and tamarind, the bonus is as a dry powder, mango powder won’t thin down the sauce or marinade in the way that lemon juice would. Add to sauces, soups, marinades, curries, chutneys, pickles and drinks.

18. Rooibos Tea ☕

For those giving up caffeine in the new year, reach for our Rooibos Tea!

Characteristics: Rooibos Tea has an incredibly smooth and gentle flavour with a natural sweetness and slightly nutty flavour.

Suggested Use: A caffeine free tea substitute is made from the leaves; they can also be used as a flavouring for baked goods. Extracts from rooibos are used in the cosmetic industry in skin products requiring the addition of antioxidants.

19. Lemon Salt 🍋 🧂

Try something new by ditching the everyday table salt and switching it for our Lemon Salt!

Characteristics: Our tangy blend of lemon zest and finely ground sea salt can be used to season a variety of meals and recipes, and works really well with poultry and fish dishes.

Suggested Use: Lemon salt can be used as a condiment to season meals in place of plain salt; this zesty blend will add delightful citrus seasoned accents to your meals. It makes a delicious rub or marinade for meat and fish. Use it to pep up chicken fillets drizzle with lemon juice and a shake of tarragon prior to grilling. Or use in the same way with added dill for cooking fish fillets. Add to breadcrumb coatings, stir into couscous and grains, sprinkle on cooked vegetables, pasta and salads.

20. Bilberry Powder

It’ll be a very happy New Year once your kitchen meets our Bilberry Powder!

Characteristics: Bilberries have an intense, fruity, sweet and tangy flavour which is perfect for baking, smoothies, cooking etc.

Suggested Use: Bilberry powder can be added to smoothies and shakes or stirred into yogurt; you can also add it in with your dried ingredients when making flapjacks and cereal bars. The powder can also be used to obtain a blue/ black dye depending on the mordant used, the dye can then be used be used to dye wool and cloth, it can also be used to colour homemade ink.


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As an animal lover and baking enthusiast, Georgia can often be found experimenting with plant-based recipes in her kitchen.

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