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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
When preparing Jamaican dishes, fresh herbs and spices are paramount. Garlic, onion, pimento, scallion, thyme, and scotch bonnet pepper are some of the basic ingredients typically used in our dishes. While those are great, from time to time a little all-purpose seasoning goes a far way.
Jamaicans tend to stick to a few trusted brands of all-purpose seasonings. They are:
The well-known brand of instant soups, noodles and seasonings, has its roots in Switzerland, beginning in the late 19th century. Nestlé purchased the Maggi company in 1947 and continued the manufacturing and distribution of these products.
Maggi seasonings are widely used in the Caribbean and are one of the most popular powdered seasoning brands in Jamaica. You can sometimes tell distinctively whenever a dish was prepared using Maggi seasonings.
Their all-purpose seasonings are used in many Jamaican dishes, not just in protein dishes but also in soups, seasoned rice, stews and vegetables.
The ingredients in this seasoning are salt, monosodium glutamate (flavour enhancer), starch, sugar, yeast flavour, vegetable fat, onion powder, coriander, garlic powder, spices, silicon dioxide (anticaking), citric acid (acidulant), disodium inosinate (flavour enhancer), caramel colour, celery flavour. They can be found in just about every grocery store.
The family-run enterprise Easispice Manufacturers Limited was established in 1966 as a result of the founder's idea, the late Karam S. Josephs, to develop a line of blended seasonings to make day-to-day household cooking tasks easier for people on the go.
It began simply, with manual grinding, blending, and packaging carried out in a tiny workspace while being sealed with clothes irons heated by coal. Our Meat Seasoning, Chicken Seasoning, Fish Seasoning, Curry Powder, Jerk Seasoning, and Oxtail Seasoning are some of our most well-known and frequently used products in Jamaica and worldwide.
The Easispice all-purpose seasoning contains Salt, Rice Flour, White Pepper, Granulated Garlic, Pimento, Cane Sugar, Garlic Extract, and Black Pepper.
Founded more than 15 years ago, Spur Tree Spices Jamaica Limited is a fully owned Jamaican business. They strongly focus on providing our customers with the highest quality wet seasonings and sauces.
Spur Tree focuses on producing secure goods, of the highest calibre, simple to use, and economical, and is both USA FDA and SQF certified! Their all-purpose seasoning, which is made with fresh scallion, onion, garlic, thyme, and hot pepper and can be used on anything, is their take on the fresh seasoning mix that Jamaican cooks use to pre-season their meat.
In 1987, a little business called Island Spice was established. 2,500 sq. ft. of constrained factory space is occupied. ft, the manufacturing line only provided a small selection of dry spices and other seasonings. The well-established business successfully expanded into a 22,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant.
With growing recognition and demand, Island Spice began making a variety of sauces, marinades, mixed spices, and flavourings. Numerous of our iconic items, including Jerk Seasoning, Dragonfire, and Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauces, have won prizes at national and international food competitions.
Island Spice is still a family-run business today after more than 25 years of dedication and tenacity, and it has also grown to be a well-known household name.
Their all-purpose seasoning is a unique mixture of herbs and spices that you can use in all of your cooking. The thyme and oregano in the mix give the food a lovely aroma and are the (no so) secret ingredients. Jamaican pimento, ginger, paprika, garlic, onion flakes, thyme, oregano, black pepper, celery, salt, and sugar are among the ingredients.
Grace is a household name that we all know. They have a range of products that we use in our kitchen and everyday household needs. They have been around since 1922.
Their all-purpose seasoning falls under their Caribbean traditions brand. It contains Salt, dehydrated vegetables (garlic, onion, parsley), monosodium glutamate, herbs & spices, sugar, canola oil, citric acid, silicon dioxide (anticaking agent), and tartrazine.
There are of course other great all-purpose seasonings, but these are the ones most popularly used in Jamaica.
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Jamaican All Purpose Seasoning | Written: September 17th, 2022