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WINNER!!!!  KRISTI W!!! :-)  Kristi, I will contact you or you can contact me, whichever happens first for shipping info! :-)  Congratulations!  And thank you everyone who entered!

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Timestamp: 2010-09-10 04:33:41 UTC

As promised, I am pleased to present you with an opportunity to win a very cool product that I've been able to try out myself (and will review for you here).

This giveaway/review has been provided for by, though my review is completely my own and has not been influenced in any way.

May I present to you the product: 
While browsing, I came across this product and was very intrigued by the term "auto measure".  As I read on in the product description, I discovered that while this is clearly a spice carousel- it is unique because each container has an auto measure dial that allows you to dispense exactly 1/4 tsp at a time without any need for a spoon.  Even though I love to cook- I don't always get to do it in a leisurely fashion.  By the time I'm home from work, after having picked up Keegan or gone to a Zumba class- there's usually about 30 minutes to prepare dinner.  The auto measure feature seemed like a time saver for both meal prep and clean up (no measuring spoons to wash!).

Once I received the carousel, I immediately filled up the containers (and then after filling one with ground cloves read the bold print on the instructions that said "do not use with ground cloves or anise" whoops!  it appears that the clove container has some sort of condensation that has formed- so, follow their advice if ya win, k?) and labeled them.  The package included many pre-printed labels and also a few blank ones.  There is a sift/shake lid on top of each container as well as a pour/spoon lid (both flip open independently) and on the bottom, you simply slide open the leak proof panel, and click the dial to dispense your spice directly under the container 1/4 tsp at a time.  I tested it with a measuring spoon, and the amount was right on.

I really like this product, and I also really like throwing away tons of mismatched spice containers from my pantry and consolidating my spices into this space saving carousel.  As an added feature, carousels can be stacked (if you have more than one) or they can be mounted under cabinets (hardware is included).

I think I would like to order a second carousel for myself, because that should provide me with enough containers (13 per carousel, 26 for two) to eliminate all of my other spice jars, and even fill a container with baking powder and another with baking soda (why not eliminate the need for measuring spoons as much as possible yes?) even if you have a recipe that needs multiple tablespoons of a dry measure spice/leavener, you could still use the flip open pour/spoon lid.  (I don't think I'd use auto-measure then- it would be hard to keep track of 12 or more 1/4 teaspoons)

In summary, I would definitely recommend this product, I really like it and am very happy to have one to give away to a lucky reader!  If you would like to win this product*, simply comment on this post and answer the following question:

What is the most unique or non-common spice in your collection and what were you making that you bought it for?  (If you don't have any unique spices, just tell me your favorite spice) Also, please be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.  If you would prefer, you may email it to me along with the name you post with (thethinkingblonde (at) gmail (dot) com) for privacy purposes.

I will select a winner at random on Thursday, September 8th.  Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

*With these sponsored reviews/giveaways, CSNstores provides me with a set budget that needs to include shipping as well when it comes to product selection.  I have the option to review or giveaway, but I've requested to do both and choose a product for half of the budgeted amount.  In order to provide you with the best possible item, I have agreed to pay CSN for the shipping of both items.  I also pay to ship the winning item personally.  As you may have noticed, my blog is currently ad free, therefore does not bring in a revenue to support such costs.  That being said, I am happy to open the contest to anyone, however, if you are the winner and live outside of the U.S., I will pay up to $10 shipping and I will ask that you pay for the additional costs to ship to your location.  US resident winners will not be asked to assist with shipping costs.  Thank you for your understanding!


  1. Very cool! I just started reading your blog off Aly's...I graduated from Fresno Christian with her and your hubby :) Your little boy is so cute!

  2. Can I enter?! I want to be fair, but since it's a random drawing, I guess that WOULD be fair, right?

    If not, just take my name out!

    I've started using Peruvian Spices! One in particular that is verrrrry popular here, called Aji {Pronounces Ah-Hee}

    Good Luck to all!


  3. Very interesting! I'd love to try it out! I can't say that we have very many uniques spices around the house... so I'll go with my favorite. GARLIC. In any form, I ADORE Garlic. ;) And yes, I use a lot of it.

  4. My husband and I were just looking at these at the store a few weeks ago talking about how nice it is that you can mount it under the cabnet to save space!

    My most unique spice is ground cumin. I bought it to make slow cooker texican chili (very meaty with bacon!)

  5. Oooh Oooh Oooh! I want this so bad! We have a whole cabinet full of spices and I can never find what I need because they're all so packed in there. This would make my super-hectic life SO much easier!!

    I don't know that I have a unique spice, per se, but the one we use the most is Italian seasoning. The hubby puts it on EVERYTHING. Seriously. Every. Thing.

  6. Very cool Natali! Hey, we need to get together for lunch. I'll email you.

    I have rice powder. I use it for spring rolls or cold noodle bowls. My brother gets me bags of it since I can never find it anywhere.

  7. This rack is spicy! I don't have a unique spice, but I make a baked spinich dish that uses freshly ground nutmeg. I wasn't convinced at first, but now I can't make it without it.

  8. I would love to not need measuring spoons since Iain seems to think they belong to him :)
    I don't think I have any unique spices, though I do have some that I have NEVER used, like fennel seeds and tarragon. I'm not even sure where they came from.

  9. I'm trying to think of a unique spice I have, but I can't think of one. If I have a special spice I need to buy for a recipe, I normally just buy enough of it for the recipe. Soooo...I'll have to tell you about the one I most often use. It's simple, but it's all about the cinnamon. I use it for all sorts of treats that my daughter enjoys. :)

    And slightly off topic...I wish you had a follow button, I'd love to add you to my list. I just found you today and I'm LOVING your blog. :)

  10. Kristen: Thanks for reading! Nice to "meet" you! I look forward to following your blog as well! :-)

    Amanda: Of course you can enter!! Aji sounds interesting- what's the flavor like? Sweet? Savory?

    Tiffany: Ask and you shall receive! Button has been added :-)

  11. My most unique spice is black cardamom. I cook with normal cardamom all the time, primarily for baking. Black cardamom smells wildly different then normal cardamom. It is very smokey in flavor. I cant wait to cook with it!

    :) Tristin

  12. I've recently started using Sumac, which is available at Middle Eastern markets. It's a rust-brown colored spice that adds great flavor and color when sprinkled atop hummus. It also makes a unique salad dressing when combined with olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and lemon juice.
    P.S. Love your blog, and love Zumba!

  13. Smoked paprika! I don't remember what I (my husband) made, but it was delicious.



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