Thanks for the edits Ted. As always the edits get me thinking more about
the product I am reviewing. Below is the version with edits incorporated.
Sedona Trading Company Trail Gourmet Seasonings
Date: September 25, 2005
Name: Bob Wardecker
Height: 5' 6" (1.5 m)
Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Email address: bakpakr at comcast dot net
I have been backpacking avidly more than 35 years. I try to get out at
least twice a month for either a weekend hike or week long hikes. For
the past few years I have been averaging about 700 mi (1127 km) a year.
I hike year round. My usual hiking grounds are the Appalachian Trail Pa
sections. I also hike in local state parks and Shenandoah National Park.
The trails I hike vary from bushwhacking to graded trails with every
trail condition in between. I try to keep my pack as light as possible
but mostly I am unsuccessful.
Manufacturer: Sedona Trading Company
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Listed weight: ½ oz (14 g)
Weight as delivered: ½ oz (14 g)
Package size: 3 in (76 mm)x 5 in (127 mm) 20 capsules per package.*
MSRP: $2.69, $2.79, $2.89 USD depending on variety
*= as measured
Sedona Trading Company makes eight different seasonings. They can be
purchased in either twenty count or sixty count bags. I purchased the
twenty count bag. The eight varieties are:
Great Lakes Seasoning
I received the Sedona, Italian, Southwest seasonings well packaged in a
card board box. Upon opening the box I found a copy of their recipe book
and the seasoning packets. The packets are gold plastic on the face with
the name of the seasoning imprinted upon it. On the reverse the plastic
is clear with affixed labeling that lists the ingredients and directions
for use. To open the packet the top must be initially removed by either
tearing or cutting. Each packet can then be resealed via a ziplock strip
molded into the packet. Inside the packet are 20 capsules each
containing approximately 1/4 tsp. of seasonings. The capsules are made
of a clear gelatin and are 7/8 in (22 mm) x 9/32 in (7 mm). They can be
used by either pulling them apart and sprinkling the seasonings into the
food or adding them whole to the food. It is recommended by the
manufacturer that the capsules be added to the food during heating to
speed the dissolving of the capsule. Also it is recommended that four
capsules be used per pound of meat.
Basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, thyme
Basil, black pepper, chili peppers, cumin, garlic, lemon zest, onion
Black Pepper, chili peppers, cumin, garlic, onion
a. Location or locations where the test was conducted: Appalachian
Trail, Pennsylvania sections.
b. Description of location (geography, terrain, elevation, etc.):
Appalachian Trail. Various elevations ranging from 805 ft (245 m) to
1520 ft (463 m), various terrain ranging from loose dirt trail to rocky
c. Weather conditions (temperature, precipitation, etc.): Weather
conditions consisted of rain, warm, hot, i.e., summer, Temperature range
from mid to low 50 F (10 C) to highs of 98 F (36 C). The weather was dry
during the various hikes but with periods of rain.
d. I purchased the seasonings late spring 2005 and have used them on
many trips throughout the summer. I added them to most of the meals I
felt needed spicing up. I used them at home for the initial trial.
I initially purchased the seasonings in late spring 2005 and have been
using them ever since. I also use them at home. I have added the
seasonings to Lipton, Ramen and I have made chili from scratch with
them. I found that combining the different varieties works well. I am
well pleased with the seasonings due to their convenience and taste. I
have used both methods of adding them to the food I am preparing. I
found that the hotter the food is before adding the whole capsule the
faster the gelatin dissolved. I expected the spices to clump as the
gelatin dissolved but this did not happen. I also found that to my taste
the recommended four capsules per pound of meat are not enough. I just
added one or two more capsules depending on how the foods tasted. I did
not purchase all varieties of the spices, but have used the Italian,
Sedona, and Southwest seasonings. I mainly use the Italian for Italian
tasting dishes The Sedona and Southwest for Mexican and southwestern
tasting dishes. The Sedona and Southwest have a bit of a spicy bite to
them so go well with dishes that I want to have bit of heat. I also
found that while storing them in my pack that heat did not affect them.
The ziplock closure works well in keeping the packets closed and in
keeping the elements out. I did have the misfortune to have one of the
packets crushed while it was in my pack. The only damage I found to the
capsules was that they were a bit flat with none of them breaking.
Things I Like
1. Ease of use
3. Variety of flavors
4. Ziplock sealing
Things I Dislike
I really can’t find fault with the varieties I tried.