dotSPiCE was crafted by Doret in 2014 for the Dykstra family members who need to live GLUTEN FREE lives.
Inspired by a search for the distinct flavours of her father’s cooking and memories of him going out to his herb garden to find that specific herb for that specific dish. Sage for pork, rosemary for lamb, lemon thyme for fish, tarragon for beef which he combined with a little bit of this and a little bit of that from his spice rack.
Freshly dried herbs and spices are finely ground and blended to perfection. Each blend combines carefully selected local and imported ingredients with easy to follow cooking suggestions suitable for the whole family, even kids. The blends are balanced in such a way that nothing is too salty, too peppery or too spicy.
GLUTEN FREE cooking is made easy with dotSPiCE and not only developed for those who have gluten allergies, but also for those who choose low salt, preservative free and additive free lifestyles.
Cook from scratch, fill your pantry with fresh produce and add all the natural flavours and colours of herbs and spices with dotSPiCE.
Free from anything else but dried herbs and spices blended to perfection,
to add a burst of flavour and healthy benefits to your meals.
(May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts and seeds.)
because we don’t add any carrier agents or binders like yeast, starch (hydroxypropylated starch, pregalatinised starch, hydrogenated starch) and flours;
OR any gluten-containing ingredients usually found in seasoning blends such as wheat flour, wheat starch, wheat crumbs, hydrolysed wheat protein, hydrolysed vegetable protein;
OR any artificial food colouring compounds or flavour enhancers which are derived from gluten containing grains such as barley, rye, triticale, malt or wheat
OR any gluten containing texture additives such as emulsifier, modified food starch, malt dextrin (wheat or corn based) and vegetable gum;
OR gluten containing protein ingredients such as hydrolysed plant protein, hydrolysed vegetable protein or TVP.
Although a number of food additives are gluten free we choose to make our product also completely additive free.
because we don’t add any chemical substances that enhance flavour (i.e. glutamates), texture, colour or appearance. These are usually identified by their name or code number We also don’t use the mere terms ‘flavour or flavouring or spices’ which implies natural, nature identical or artificial ingredients according to the FSANZ. We simply list all our ingredients.
When glutamates come in contact with the taste receptors on our tongues it gives a savoury food taste of onion, mushroom and celery. Instead of using chemical flavour enhancers we use real onions, mushrooms and celery dried and ground to a fine powder. (Other sources are protein extracts from corn, yeast and soy, which release the glutamates, but these contain gluten.)
We only colour our blends with the natural greens, yellows and reds of herbs and spices e.g. Turmeric (which also contains the powerful antioxidant curcuma used in treating and preventing cancer) gives some of our blends a natural bright yellow colour without using any chemical colour additives.
We don’t add chemical tenderisers, instead small amounts of sugar is used is in some of the blends to balance the saltiness, to naturally tenderise the meat and add texture.
Fresh herbs are preserved naturally through a drying process which only removes the water content. Dried herbs retain their flavour, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for up to two years as the drying process actually concentrates the polyphones and flavours which make them just as beneficial to use as their fresh counterparts. Add a few sprigs of fresh herbs from your garden according to the blend, for bright colourful garnish.
Spices have been used for centuries for their medicinal and healthy benefits. Dried and concentrated, therefore high in antioxidants, anti inflammatory and antibiotic properties providing as many disease fighting health benefits as a full serving of many fruits and vegetables. Therefore we don’t need to add any other chemically produced antioxidants.
We don’t add any preservatives such as sodium benzoate, benzoic acid, nitrites, sulphites, sulphur dioxide, sodium sorbates or potassium sorbate. Salt and sugar in our blends act as natural flavour enhancers and food preservatives. Salt is also known by its chemical name sodium chloride. Sodium is a mineral and one of the chemical elements found in salt, therefore our blends contain only this natural percentage of sodium.
because we fill our bottles with flavour - the more you put on the more flavour you get, not the more salt. Salt can always be added later, but herbs gives such a burst of flavour that it actually allows you to cut back on salt without sacrificing taste.
Common food additives that contain sodium is monosodium glutamate or MSG, sodium bicarbonate or baking soda, sodium nitrate, sodium benzoate. We don‘t add any of these, instead finely ground celery seeds provide the same savoury flavour as sodium, boosting the salty taste without adding extra salt.
we list all local and imported ingredients even if an ingredient makes up less than 5 % of the blend.