1/29/2018 | Anne Maxfield
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If you’ve been at a local foodie event, you’ve probably come across Raema Rotindo and her array of spices—Rockerbox Spice Company.
Founded almost 6 years ago, Raema started experimenting with dehydrating garlic and running it through a food processor, making her own garlic powder. She quickly realized that her homemade garlic powder was much more intense and flavorful than the usual store-bought variety (which, can we all agree, is pretty awful). That’s because the jar you bought at the store a million years ago only contain about 60% actual garlic powder.
2/1/2018 | Francesca Pardo and Marisa Bulzone
Buying and cooking with spices often frustrates us here at 150ish. Supermarket brands don’t have a lot of flavor—and it’s often difficult to find a small-sized jar that can be used up quickly. The sage advice of many food columnists—“throw away anything that’s more than 6 months old”—just seems like tossing money in the trash. So we find ourselves chopping and mincing and grinding fresh ingredients, hardly time saving when trying to cook on a busy weeknight. Raema Rotindo feels our pain. She turned her own frustration into Rockerbox Spice Co., a Hudson Valley–based purveyor of pure garlic and onion powders and artisanal spice blends. Affordably packaged in small jars, Rockerbox has really taken our cooking up more than a notch when it comes to flavor.
Rockerbox Spice Co. produces pure, pulverized spices from quality ingredients, without the addition of chemicals, preservatives, or salt. But as a self-proclaimed allium aficionado, the upstate New York producer really won my heart through garlic. Before Rockerbox, the mash-ups happening inside of my spice bottles never crossed my mind. Then I tried Garlic Dust, the golden child of the Rockerbox line and the product that started it all for founder Raema Rotindo. Thanks to a love affair with garlic and a dehydrator, Garlic Dust was born, and, soon after, so was Rockerbox.
7/2017 | Leah Koenig
“One onion turns into a generous pinch of good powder,” says Raema Rotindo, founder of Rockerbox Spice Co., a Hudson Valley–based company that specializes in small-batch garlic and onion powders.
As Rotindo puts it, buying onion powder deserves the same consideration as olive oil, wine, or any other ingredient where quality is key. “When you start with a good powder, the difference is revelatory.” And for those of us who have unfairly snubbed onion powder, the time is now.
Panning for Garlic Gold
"Rotindo, 30, founded Rockerbox Spice Co. in July 2012 out of her small New York City kitchen. While her assortment of premium spices is now successfully housed inside select Hudson Valley storefronts like Pawling's The Blue Olive, the journey to market was far from cut and dried."
12/2014 | Maxwell Tielman
"I’ve always been a bit confused by the term “foodie.” Not because I don’t know what it means or I don’t believe that such people exist, but because I feel like the love of good food is universal. Unless you’re a robot, chances are you eat and make food—and you probably want it to taste great! This is why, whether you’re buying for a five-star chef or a first-time cook, good food and great tools always make great gifts. From beautiful kitchen essentials to artisanal treats from some of our favorite grocers and restaurants, these 20 gifts are sure to please the tastes (and the stomachs) of whoever they meet!
Nuggets of Gold: Rockerbox Garlic
May 1, 2013
"Garlic powder has always struck me as a bit of a lazy cheat in the kitchen... So, imagine my skepticism when I heard about Rockerbox Garlic – 100% pure, handmade garlic “nuggets” claiming to have “superior flavor.” When I got the samples home and cracked open a jar of said superior nuggets, I was pleasantly surprised to find delightfully fragrant chunks of dried garlic packing an impressive punch of true garlic flavor."
Organic Dried Garlic Producer Puts the Pure into Powder
August 21, 2012
"Rockerbox Garlic can bring a world of flavor to your food, whether to a dish you’re creating or the takeout pizza you just ordered, and we were amazed at the difference in taste when compared with mass-produced garlic powder."
SPOTLIGHT: Introducing Rockerbox
August 21, 2012
"Delicious. I brought home a bottle of each and started cooking with it this weekend. Sensational. More flavor- less work. Very natural, healthy - what more can you ask for?"
Food Lover's Guide to the Hudson Valley
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"All [Rockerbox] products are additive and preservative free. They're also free of the bitterness and gritty texture of commercial garlic powders."
Here's what you had to say:
“My sister brought me a bottle of the garlic flakes and I'm obsessed! I'm throwing away the garlic powder and garlic salt to use your product.”
"Have to tell you, made chicken with the BBQ rub, died and went to heaven."
“My daughters Erin and Edna are both hooked on the Garlic Dust… aka. the dirty dust, aka Dusty G. What have you done to them? They are addicts!”
“Definitely the most intense garlic powder I have ever encountered and the onion is just like slicing into fresh. I ordered several sets to tuck into Christmas gifts for my garlic-loving family. I am sure everyone will love it and I will absolutely be back for more.”
“Best garlic EVER! I may never mince another clove of garlic again, no need to with a jar of this in the house!!! LOVE these products and they make unique Christmas gifts.”
“I’ve been putting that garlic in almost everything I cook and it’s phenomenal. I may never mince another clove as long as I live!”
"Best garlic powder there is!! I never want to chop up fresh garlic anymore!"
“Just used the garlic powder for the first time tonight...it was the best!!!"
“I was extremely happy to see someone so passionate about Garlic, and their work. Great presentation and packaging, and I could see your dedication to the product. No fillers, no silica… we are not supposed to even eat that crap!"
"I just tried the garlic powder and the Italian blend and both are terrific! Fresh, intense, definitely ready for prime time. I've gotten several gift packs now and they are great for last-minute gifts." -TM