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Saint Lucifer Spice: I Put THIS Sh*t on Everything

So eating paleo is not without its challenges – you’re constantly making trips to the grocery store for fresh items (those fruits, veggies and meats don’t last nearly as long as the boxed, preserved crap, do they?), you’re cooking and doing dishes all the time, and you’re ALWAYS searching for new ways to spice up the staples, am I right? For me, finding out about Penzey’s spices from friends was a real lifesaver – lots of choices to snazz up your dishes there. Yet my favorite discovery (via Jeanie – how does she do it?) has got to be St. Lucifer Spice out of Philadelphia.

You may not know this about me, but I am a huge proponent of small businesses. I love supporting new/growing companies with quality products – and St. Lucifer Spice is definitely one of them. You have no idea how insanely jealous I am that Jeanie not only found this spice first, but also got to MEET the entrepreneurs! AND says they are both “super cool, down to earth guys.” What other convincing do you need to support this company? I mean really.

You want to know what’s in it and how it tastes, I suppose. Well, for starters, the flavor is pure perfection (in my humble opinion). It adds just the right amount of heat to anything your heart desires, and a light sprinkling won’t be too abrasive for those with a more sensitive palate. I don’t think I’ve cooked a steak without it since I got my bottle (which is almost empty! *sad face*). It’s also perfect on poultry, fantastic on fish, and you can’t go wrong throwing it on roasted veggies, eggs, maybe try roasting some nuts with it? My personal favorite is shameful to write here – because it is not even close to a paleo dish – but when I cheat, I cheat hard, and I’ll be damned if I don’t make the best macaroni and cheese with this stuff. I have come to lovingly call this spice my Devil Dust. I’m not sure howTom & Ted feel about me giving their product a nickname, but we all know my alliterative inclinations cannot be stopped. This spice contains five ingredients. *clears throat* 

Ingredients: Garlic, Salt, Paprika, Vinegar, Habanero

THAT’S. IT. No additives, no weird things you can’t pronounce, no preservatives, nada. Know what that means? Yes, boys and girls, it’s delicious AND Paleo/Whole30 compliant!

The other great thing about this new staple for your Kitchen Arsenal? If you don’t live near any of the retailers that currently carry St. Lucifer, you can order a bottle (or three) for the same price as picking up a spice at the grocery store. This isn’t some frou-frou $18 a bottle spice-I-can’t-bear-to-use-because-it’s-so-expensive. It’s only SIX BUCKS. Completely affordable and worth every penny.

BONUS! When I emailed the guys about this article, they let me know their next area to expand to could possibly be DC Metro (our humble abode). I may or may not ask if I can meet up with them for a coffee when they are (hopefully) in town for a reveal. :D

Yeah, okay, you’re mentally beating me up because I ripped off a company’s slogan for the title of my post. You know the one I’m talking about – the old lady shocking the masses by cussing about how she put’s Frank’s Red Hot on everything. You might too. But you also might want to reconsider after reading what’s actually in it.

Before my first Whole30, I didn’t really read ingredient lists that often. Ok, that’s a lie – I NEVER read them unless my herbivore sister was visiting and I had to look for some mysterious item she was having me screen for, such as rennet. I just didn’t care. I checked out the calories and fat if I was feeling responsible that day, threw it in the cart and whistled my way down the aisle to weight gain. Look where that got me. Here, with you guys (I mean that in the nicest way possible) pouring my mistakes out in public and posting unflattering pictures of myself as I hopefully morph.

I was so blind to the massive amount of crap in processed foods before, I didn’t even consider that the food I was eating wasn’t REAL. Not in a Hook kind of way (please don’t break my heart and say you don’t know what I’m talking about), but in a Frankenfood (highly processed, genetically modified, or generally gross) kind of way. Let’s take a look, shall we?

AAAAAND I rest my case. I am NOT putting that sh*t on everything. “What’s wrong with Natural Flavor?” you ask, “I mean, it’s … natural.” True … but do you know where in nature it can come from? Bet your ass you didn’t see this one coming – check out the very short but extremely informative clip below for the details.

Thank you, Food Babe, for opening our eyes! *shudder* I’ll stick with products that contain ingredients I KNOW to add some heat, thank you – like my beloved devil dust, St. Lucifer Spice

*St. Lucifer Spice images contained in this post are from the product’s website. Go check it out if you haven’t already! What the hell are you waiting for?