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    Karen AKA Kajikit Guest

    Default 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?

    I bought a bottle of 'Spice Islands' powdered Jerk seasoning in the
    grocery store and I adore the flavour - I put it onto a turkey breast
    I was roasting the other night and it was WONDERFUL! But it's not hot
    at all! Is this some kind of bowdlerised version?

  2. #2
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?

    On Tue 11 Mar 2008 03:43:58p, Karen AKA Kajikit told us...

    > I bought a bottle of 'Spice Islands' powdered Jerk seasoning in the
    > grocery store and I adore the flavour - I put it onto a turkey breast
    > I was roasting the other night and it was WONDERFUL! But it's not hot
    > at all! Is this some kind of bowdlerised version?
    >


    I dn't believe all "jerk" seasonings are meant to be *hot*. I think jerk
    flavoring is more about complexity than heat.

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    Wayne Boatwright
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    notbob Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?

    On 2008-03-11, Karen AKA Kajikit <[email protected]> wrote:
    > I bought a bottle of 'Spice Islands' powdered Jerk seasoning in the
    > grocery store and I adore the flavour - I put it onto a turkey breast
    > I was roasting the other night and it was WONDERFUL! But it's not hot
    > at all! Is this some kind of bowdlerised version?


    Must be. Try 911 Jerk Marinade. Burns all the way through.

    nb

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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?

    Karen AKA Kajikit wrote:
    > I bought a bottle of 'Spice Islands' powdered Jerk seasoning in the
    > grocery store and I adore the flavour - I put it onto a turkey breast
    > I was roasting the other night and it was WONDERFUL! But it's not hot
    > at all! Is this some kind of bowdlerised version?
    >

    It's not really hot, it's spicy. It may contain red pepper (don't know
    about the Spice Islands blend) but the heat isn't intended to overwhelm,
    which is a good thing in my book

    Jill


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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?

    Karen AKA Kajikit <Karen AKA Kajikit <[email protected]>> wrote:

    > I bought a bottle of 'Spice Islands' powdered Jerk seasoning in the
    > grocery store and I adore the flavour - I put it onto a turkey breast
    > I was roasting the other night and it was WONDERFUL! But it's not hot
    > at all! Is this some kind of bowdlerised version?


    The name brand spice stuff isn't going to be hot so it can appeal to
    the masses.

    For a good jerk try Walkerswood brand. I usually use the paste, but
    the powdered is very decent too.

    -sw

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    aem Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?

    On Mar 11, 2:43*pm, Karen AKA Kajikit <kaji...@jagcon.com> wrote:
    > I bought a bottle of 'Spice Islands' powdered Jerk seasoning in the
    > grocery store and I adore the flavour - I put it onto a turkey breast
    > I was roasting the other night and it was WONDERFUL! But it's not hot
    > at all! Is this some kind of bowdlerised version?


    The jerk dishes I've had in restaurants where they know what they're
    doing have been pretty hot, but Penzey's jerk seasoning mix is mild.
    I add some extra cayenne. -aem

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    notbob Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?

    On 2008-03-12, Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > The name brand spice stuff isn't going to be hot so it can appeal to
    > the masses.


    Maybe you're right. Maybe 911 Jerk Marinade WAS too hot. I can't find it
    anymore. That stuff was soooooo hot. I've eaten raw habeneros and stuff
    like Dave's Insanity Sauce, but I never ate 911 more than once. Hurt too bad.

    nb

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    Sheldon Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?

    Karen AKA Kajikit wrote:
    >
    > I bought a bottle of 'Spice Islands' powdered Jerk seasoning in the
    > grocery store and I adore the flavour - I put it onto a turkey breast
    > I was roasting the other night and it was WONDERFUL! But it's not
    > hot at all! Is this some kind of bowdlerised version?


    Jamaican jerk seasoning is supposed to be spicy but it is not supposed
    to be fiery hot... those who want it fiery really don't care for
    cloves and allspice... just like those who really don't care for the
    flavor of cumin, oregano, and garlic of good chili so they rather be
    numbed by the hottest peppers... chili heads are the ultimate taste in
    assers, literally! LOL

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?

    notbob <notbob <[email protected]>> wrote:

    > On 2008-03-12, Sqwertz <swertz@clu[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >> The name brand spice stuff isn't going to be hot so it can appeal to
    >> the masses.

    >
    > Maybe you're right. Maybe 911 Jerk Marinade WAS too hot. I can't find it
    > anymore. That stuff was soooooo hot. I've eaten raw habeneros and stuff
    > like Dave's Insanity Sauce, but I never ate 911 more than once. Hurt too bad.


    I was referring to the generic name brands like McCormick/Shilling,
    Spice Islands, Tones, etc - companies that distribute a full line of
    ridiculously-priced spices in matching jars for people with more
    money than sense.

    -sw

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?

    Sheldon <Sheldon <[email protected]>> wrote:

    > Karen AKA Kajikit wrote:
    >>
    >> I bought a bottle of 'Spice Islands' powdered Jerk seasoning in the
    >> grocery store and I adore the flavour - I put it onto a turkey breast
    >> I was roasting the other night and it was WONDERFUL! But it's not
    >> hot at all! Is this some kind of bowdlerised version?

    >
    > Jamaican jerk seasoning is supposed to be spicy but it is not supposed
    > to be fiery hot... those who want it fiery really don't care for
    > cloves and allspice... just like those who really don't care for the
    > flavor of cumin, oregano, and garlic of good chili so they rather be
    > numbed by the hottest peppers... chili heads are the ultimate taste in
    > assers, literally! LOL


    True chile-heads have built up an immunity to heat so we can taste
    the flavor of the chile being used, as well as the food and other
    spices. Habanero/Scotch Bonnet, for example, is pretty much the
    best, most complex tasting chile out there. But to appreciate it
    you have to eat it often.

    It's wimps like you that will never taste real chiles and need that
    sissy stuff for your virginal tongues.

    -sw

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    Sheldon Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?

    On Mar 11, 9:37�pm, Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote:
    > Sheldon <Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com>> wrote:
    > > Karen AKA Kajikit wrote:

    >
    > >> I bought a bottle of 'Spice Islands' powdered Jerk seasoning in the
    > >> grocery store and I adore the flavour - I put it onto a turkey breast
    > >> I was roasting the other night and it was WONDERFUL! But it's not
    > >> hot at all! Is this some kind of bowdlerised version?

    >
    > > Jamaican jerk seasoning is supposed to be spicy but it is not supposed
    > > to be fiery hot... those who want it fiery really don't care for
    > > cloves and allspice... just like those who really don't care for the
    > > flavor of cumin, oregano, and garlic of good chili so they rather be
    > > numbed by the hottest peppers... chili heads are the ultimate taste in
    > > assers, literally! LOL

    >
    > True chile-heads have built up an immunity to heat so we can taste
    > the flavor of the chile being used, as well as the food and other
    > spices. �Habanero/Scotch Bonnet, for example, is pretty much the
    > best, most complex tasting chile out there. �But to appreciate it
    > you have to eat it often.
    >
    > It's wimps like you that will never taste real chiles and need that
    > sissy stuff for your virginal tongues.
    >
    > -sw


    The only immunity you've built is taking it up the ass.




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    Paul M. Cook Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?


    "Karen AKA Kajikit" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >I bought a bottle of 'Spice Islands' powdered Jerk seasoning in the
    > grocery store and I adore the flavour - I put it onto a turkey breast
    > I was roasting the other night and it was WONDERFUL! But it's not hot
    > at all! Is this some kind of bowdlerised version?



    You'll find really hot jerk in Jamaica. They have two varieties it seems,
    the mild kind and the incredibly hot kind made with scotch bonnets. It will
    knock your socks off. If you want the former, you usually have to make it
    yourself unless you are lucky enough to have a specialty grocer.

    Paul



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    Karen AKA Kajikit Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?

    On Tue, 11 Mar 2008 20:32:36 -0500, Sqwertz <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >notbob <notbob <[email protected]>> wrote:
    >
    >> On 2008-03-12, Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>
    >>> The name brand spice stuff isn't going to be hot so it can appeal to
    >>> the masses.

    >>
    >> Maybe you're right. Maybe 911 Jerk Marinade WAS too hot. I can't find it
    >> anymore. That stuff was soooooo hot. I've eaten raw habeneros and stuff
    >> like Dave's Insanity Sauce, but I never ate 911 more than once. Hurt too bad.

    >
    >I was referring to the generic name brands like McCormick/Shilling,
    >Spice Islands, Tones, etc - companies that distribute a full line of
    >ridiculously-priced spices in matching jars for people with more
    >money than sense.


    I'd never buy the basic spices in those fancy brands - I use Badia for
    the basics because it's the cheapest there is! But their range is very
    limited, so I've had to get the more exotic things in more expensive
    brands. I gravitated to the jerk seasoning because it was a novelty to
    me, and I was very pleased with the flavour... I just wondered if it
    was really supposed to be that mild?

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    Paul M. Cook Guest

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    "Paul M. Cook" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:a0HBj.20756$Ls6.17298@trnddc01...
    >
    > "Karen AKA Kajikit" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >>I bought a bottle of 'Spice Islands' powdered Jerk seasoning in the
    >> grocery store and I adore the flavour - I put it onto a turkey breast
    >> I was roasting the other night and it was WONDERFUL! But it's not hot
    >> at all! Is this some kind of bowdlerised version?

    >
    >
    > You'll find really hot jerk in Jamaica. They have two varieties it seems,
    > the mild kind and the incredibly hot kind made with scotch bonnets. It
    > will knock your socks off. If you want the former, you usually have to
    > make it yourself unless you are lucky enough to have a specialty grocer.


    Make that "if you want the latter." Damn this booze!

    Paul



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    cybercat Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?


    "Karen AKA Kajikit" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >I bought a bottle of 'Spice Islands' powdered Jerk seasoning in the
    > grocery store and I adore the flavour - I put it onto a turkey breast
    > I was roasting the other night and it was WONDERFUL! But it's not hot
    > at all! Is this some kind of bowdlerised version?


    I only know one hot jerk.



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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?

    Paul M. Cook <"Paul M. Cook" <[email protected]>> wrote:

    > "Paul M. Cook" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >
    >> You'll find really hot jerk in Jamaica. They have two varieties it seems,
    >> the mild kind and the incredibly hot kind made with scotch bonnets. It
    >> will knock your socks off. If you want the former, you usually have to
    >> make it yourself unless you are lucky enough to have a specialty grocer.

    >
    > Make that "if you want the latter." Damn this booze!


    Walkerswood is plenty hot and has a good overall flavor. It comes
    in jars that look not unlike peanut butter.

    -sw

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    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?


    Sqwertz wrote:
    >
    > Karen AKA Kajikit <Karen AKA Kajikit <[email protected]>> wrote:
    >
    > > I bought a bottle of 'Spice Islands' powdered Jerk seasoning in the
    > > grocery store and I adore the flavour - I put it onto a turkey breast
    > > I was roasting the other night and it was WONDERFUL! But it's not hot
    > > at all! Is this some kind of bowdlerised version?

    >
    > The name brand spice stuff isn't going to be hot so it can appeal to
    > the masses.
    >
    > For a good jerk try Walkerswood brand. I usually use the paste, but
    > the powdered is very decent too.
    >
    > -sw


    Second on the Walkerswood paste jerk rub, wonderful stuff. It is
    moderately hot, and leftovers will continue to get hotter. Jerk as a
    whole is about as variable as American BBQ is, and everyone has their
    own recipe. I do love the jerk seasoning exactly because it has such a
    complex flavor profile that is so different from most other hot stuff.

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    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?


    Sqwertz wrote:
    >
    > Paul M. Cook <"Paul M. Cook" <[email protected]>> wrote:
    >
    > > "Paul M. Cook" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > >
    > >> You'll find really hot jerk in Jamaica. They have two varieties it seems,
    > >> the mild kind and the incredibly hot kind made with scotch bonnets. It
    > >> will knock your socks off. If you want the former, you usually have to
    > >> make it yourself unless you are lucky enough to have a specialty grocer.

    > >
    > > Make that "if you want the latter." Damn this booze!

    >
    > Walkerswood is plenty hot and has a good overall flavor. It comes
    > in jars that look not unlike peanut butter.
    >
    > -sw


    http://www.walkerswood.com

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?

    Pete C. <"Pete C." <[email protected]>> wrote:

    > Sqwertz wrote:
    >
    >> Walkerswood is plenty hot and has a good overall flavor. It comes
    >> in jars that look not unlike peanut butter.

    >
    > http://www.walkerswood.com


    I didn't know they had so many products nowadays. I'm referring o
    the default paste (notice that it's "Item #1" in their database):

    http://www.walkerswood.com/product_detail.asp?pID=1

    ....which I'm used to buying in bigger jars (10-12oz?) than that and
    which they're claiming are out of stock now. The manufacturer is
    out of stock? That's a not a good sign. I hope they don't
    discontinue it.

    -sw

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    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: 'Jerk' seasoning is supposed to be hot isn't it?


    Sqwertz wrote:
    >
    > Pete C. <"Pete C." <[email protected]>> wrote:
    >
    > > Sqwertz wrote:
    > >
    > >> Walkerswood is plenty hot and has a good overall flavor. It comes
    > >> in jars that look not unlike peanut butter.

    > >
    > > http://www.walkerswood.com

    >
    > I didn't know they had so many products nowadays. I'm referring o
    > the default paste (notice that it's "Item #1" in their database):
    >
    > http://www.walkerswood.com/product_detail.asp?pID=1
    >
    > ...which I'm used to buying in bigger jars (10-12oz?) than that and
    > which they're claiming are out of stock now. The manufacturer is
    > out of stock? That's a not a good sign. I hope they don't
    > discontinue it.
    >
    > -sw


    I don't think so. The 10oz jars are what I normally get, and being their
    first and signature product I doubt they're discontinuing it. Their web
    store seems to have some issues frequently. I'd love to get the big
    commercial size packs they sometimes list on their site, some metric
    size around 7# I think.

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