Garlic – Three Ways

North Market Spices Garlic comes in three different preparations. Powdered, Granulated and Minced. All versions are California grown. Why American Garlic over Chinese Garlic? Informal taste tests with chefs have found the California Garlic to be more flavorful. In Brix tests, it was discovered that California garlic is about 42% solid and Chinese garlic is only about 37% solid, meaning that California garlic is denser and heavier. The lab also measured allicin, the compound in garlic that gives … [Read more...]

Spiced Apple Butter – Two Kinds

Fall brings us wonderful apples here in Central Ohio. Reminds me of simpler times when we'd go apple picking in the morning, then make big batches of apple butter to remind of us fall's fun through the winter. I had a bit of fun adding some new flavors to the traditional apple butter handed down from my mom. Since we are also somewhat of chili fanatics at North Market Spices a plan was baked to use our Chipotle Apple Pie Spice Blend in one batch. The other batch, Pumpkin Pie Spice based … [Read more...]

Ben Walters Recognized as a Columbus Tastemaker

Columbus Monthly's May 2016 Tastemakers issue seeks out those in the area making a positive make in Columbus Culinary landscape. Ben Walters with his team at North Markets Spices are part of the celebrated  Tastemakers Class of 2016. BEN WALTERS: OWNER, NORTH MARKET SPICES Why he’s a Tastemaker: When Hot Chicken Takeover needs 50 pounds of cayenne or Barley’s Brewing Co. needs 200 vanilla beans, they visit Ben Walters. His spice shop has been a fixture in the North Market for nearly six years, … [Read more...]

Spring Time! – Pickled Ramps

Spring Time, woohoo. Here in Central Ohio we have some great foragers that found us a lot of ramps. To the tune of 5lbs worth. What to do with so many ramps? We want to enjoy them for as long as possible. When we have abundance, we pickle. This recipe is easy to scale. It’s currently based on 5lb of ramps. The yield is 4 – 16oz jars. Ingredients: 5 Lbs Ramps 3 Cups Water 2 Cups White Vinegar 1 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar 3 Tbsp Sonoma Sea Salt 1.5 Cups Sugar For Each Jar … [Read more...]