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Chili powder is a generic name for any spice mix that contains a large amount of Chili peppers, commonly cayenne peppers or red peppers of the family Capsicum annuum.
The spiciness of any mix is variable due to its contents varying ingredients being pure chilli powder or including other ingredients such as cumin, oregano, garlic powder, and salt or even black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, mace, nutmeg, or turmeric.
Chili powder is a staple of Indian cuisine and is popular in American cuisine being one of the primary ingredients of Chili con carne.
Schwartz is a well known producer of Herbs and Spice and can be found in the Herbs and Spices section of most supermarkets.
They have a range that provides the glass jars with labels for your first purchase, and small refill packets for a smaller cost for people who already have the spices.
Schwartz started in 1889 and provide herbs, spices, seasonings and blends from all the corners of the world.
Their chili powder comes in three different strengths: Hot, Medium and Mild.
Chilli Powder (Chilli Pepper, Cumin, Salt, Oregano, Garlic, Anti-caking Agent (Silicon Dioxide), Cayenne Pepper (20%)
Suitable for Vegetarians
Nutritional Information Values per 100g
Energy: 363 KCal
Protein: 14.2 g
Carbohydrates: 53.1 g
Fat: 10.4 g
This chilli powder is easy to use with an easy open cap that isn't too hard to open and clicks back together well so you don't have to worry about spills and so forth. It's flavour is rich and appealing and hot but not blow the roof of your mouth off scalding.
It works well with both chili con carne and a chili chicken recipe that I use it most frequently for.
The handy little refil packs are very handy and great for anyone whos recycle or green conscious. The bottle is a bit bigger than my spice rack and holds 38 grammes of the powder, in a taller jar than other brands, so it has to go in the cupboard seperately.
Schwartz is also slightly more expensive than generic supermarket brands. overall for flavour i'd give this a thumbs up, for price and jar size i'd give it a medium on suitability and so forth. If you have the money and a rack that will hold it though it's worth it.
I was browsing through Sainsbury's and I had my typical lunch, Baxter's Healthy Chicken Soup with a brown bap. I usually add olives into my soup to give it a little kick but I read if you add chilli to your diet it helps burn calories faster and is good for combating obesity (when on a calorie controlled diet). So I started hunting down some chilli!
I came across the Schwartz Chilli Powder Hot (38g) after going through so many spices. Schwartz has been producing spices since 1889 and the packaging was appealing. Once the Chilli would run out it will be easy to top it up with chilli again without buying the bottle, which is handy and cheaper to do in the long run. The lid flips open and has got five holes that dispense the chilli, so be careful when pouring it into your food. The colour is a red mixed with brown and in the chilli powder you can smell the distinct smell of garlic.
Chilli Pepper, Cumin, Salt, Oregano, Garlic, Anti-Caking Agent (Silicon Dioxide*) and Cayenne Pepper (20%).
*This is silica, in small doses is beneficial for your skin and also has been proven to decrease the risk of dementia.
In 1889, William E. Schwartz, the son of the founder, was the first person in Canada to sell pure spices. Formerly only compound spices were sold such as ginger mixed with cornmeal or flour. From these early beginnings great emphasis was placed on quality and William Schwartz convinced people it was better to buy pure, top quality spices in smaller quantities than poor quality bulk. In 1959 Scwartz entered the British market and have been going strong for over 50 years in Britain.
I added a little into my bowl, poured the soup in and heated it up. I could taste the chilli and it tasted good, it was not too hot or too bland, but perfectly balanced. The only thing is that the chilli did not dissolve in the soup as I felt the consistency was a bit too think, so there were red specks all over the bowl and floating in the soup, but that didn't put me off as it really gave a kick to the soup. For those who want something milder then there is the Chilli Powder in Mild as well.
I added this again in some of my food in the middle of preparing some pasta and I would like to add that the chilli did blend in and dissolve, so I guess it depends on when you place the chilli powder in, so it gives it time to dissolve.
I bought this for £1.35 and also you can log into Scwartz.co.uk to get recipe ideas and they have got some good recipes especially for someone like me who doesn't know where to start in the kitchen. I'm going to be trying Chilli Con Carne... Yummy!