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Savvy vs. Store

Posted by Ben Burstein

The world is full of competition, even in the spice world. There are a lot of options similar to Savvy in a number of stores you can find. But I want to write this to show you why Savvy & Well is the best. Even amongst all the options that are out there. Ellwood Thompson’s  Everywhere […]

The world is full of competition, even in the spice world. There are a lot of options similar to Savvy in a number of stores you can find. But I want to write this to show you why Savvy & Well is the best. Even amongst all the options that are out there.

Ellwood Thompson’s 

Ellwood Thompson’s All-Purpose Seasoning

Everywhere you go, different cities have their own local stores. Where a myriad of specialty and healthy items can be found, Richmond VA is no different. I went out to scope out what could be found in my area. My first stop was Ellwood Thompson’s and the Frontier Co-op’s All-Purpose Seasoning I found there.  

With the limited selection available, the all-purpose was the only blend that was more than just a simple seasoning. The blend is comprised of onion, parsley, basil, lemon peel, thyme, garlic, celery seed, red bell pepper, citric acid and lemon powder. The blend itself has a great aroma and flavor profile that can be used on almost anything.

The quality and ingredients are good, but it doesn’t transform food into a culinary experience like Savvy & Well can. An all-purpose seasoning will certainly do the job to create a delicious meal. What it lacks is depth of flavor and uniqueness with ingredients like mushroom or hibiscus flower, found in Savvy’s all-purpose (Mil-usos) blend. 

      Whole Foods 

Whole Foods Montana Mex seasonings

My trip to Whole Foods proved to be a little better than Ellwood’s. Two I picked up were both from MontanaMex and their Mild Chile seasoning blend and Sweet seasoning blend. The Mild Chile caught my eye and found it to be similar to Al Pastor, a mild seasoning with heat. MontanaMex offers good flavor, but is not a salt free option. The Al Pastor gives you not only better flavor and aroma, but without salt.  

As mentioned in a previous post, I’d never seen a seasoning blend that could be used on sweet items like ice cream. I was interested to see what MontanaMex’s Sweet blend was like. With ingredients such as orange peel, ginger, clove and cinnamon, I was excited to see how their take on sweet matched the sweet Savvy & Well offers with Choco Chai.

One ingredient sets Savvy well over MontanaMex, salt. With the addition of salt in their sweet blend, it opens the options up to using a sweet blend on savory foods. But the overpowering flavor of the salt over their other ingredients makes me hesitant to think it would pair well with something as plain as vanilla ice cream.  

     Trader Joe’s 

Trader Joe’s spice blends

Interested to see how Trader Joe’s stacked up, I picked up two blends from their somewhat small selection. 21 Seasoning Salute was an interesting find, with 21 different spices such as salt, pepper, rosemary, cayenne pepper and 17 more. It’s the most comprehensive blend I found.

The second I got was simply Seasoning Salt. Branded as an all-purpose savory blend with paprika, salt, garlic, nutmeg, dry mustard, onion and celery seed. Both offer versatile use but are similar in taste. The smells and taste are good, but still left me with wanting something more or something different.  

 So why Savvy & Well? 

Most of the ingredients found in the products above are also found in different Savvy blends. What you are not going to find in any Savvy & Well product are any preservatives such as citric acid which is commonly found in spice blends.

What sets them apart from the competition is the world inspiration that goes into each blend. With additions of unique ingredients from around, it turns what would be a typical spice blend, into a cultural experience. From what I found I could very easily make a dinner taste great, but I will still just be in my kitchen.

With blends like Curry-Biryani or Caribbean Jerk BBQ, it transforms a dish transporting you to India or on the beaches of the Caribbean enjoying the local cuisine. No matter what blend you decide to buy, you can be sure you will get a variety. With Savvy’s 8-set, you’ll get a different tasting dish with each kind you use!

Sometimes we have those days where you just can’t think of what you want to make for dinner. What you don’t get with those other spices, is a cookbook with great recipes and inspiration! A handy guide will always have your dishes reaching their full potential!

Out of the spices I purchased, none had a cookbook available for a guide on how to utilize them to the fullest potential. MontanaMex did have some recipes available on their webpage, but nothing as comprehensive like Savvy & Well.

Spice blends can make a dish better, but only Savvy & Well can create a cultural experience through just a few pinches of spice. 


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