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Old Bay Seasoning vs. Chesapeake Bay Seasoning.

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Nov 03, 2012
ShawnKelley in General Topics

Old Bay Seasoning vs. Chesapeake Bay Seasoning.

BY THE WAY!!! Here is the original OLD BAY that McCormack sold under a different name of Chesapeake Bay Seasoning! THIS was the one they took off the market a few years ago. They did not push it at all. But they kept pushing Old Bay they have now that's terrible. The one pictured here, THAT was Baltimore Spice's batch in that container they relabeled to something else. If ANYONE knows where I can get this stuff, HIT ME BACK! I want to buy all you got left!

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Nov 03, 2012
ShawnKelley in General Topics

Old Bay Seasoning vs. Chesapeake Bay Seasoning.

You have no idea how much I'd like to get my hands on an original Old Bay or even better that McCormacks Chesapeake Bay Seasoning. THAT was real Old Bay. I recently went to Wegmans in columbia, Maryland after it recently opened and I had the lobster sandwich and asked them for some old bay. They gave me the can of McCormacks Old Bay. I put it on the sandwich and it was SO lousy it ruined my sandwich. Which brings me to going to Wegmans last weekend for another lobster sandwich. I walked in with my OWN salt shaker filled with Jo Spice and used that instead on my sandwich. I won't use McCormacks Old Bay anymore. It just isn't the real deal, tastes nothing like the original and is LOUSY compared to. I'm just SHOCKED that McCormack would stoop SOOOO LOW to "BUY OUT" another company to dissolve it rather than show TRUE INTEREST in food spices and keep the original recipe so fond to so many Delmarva residents that was a staple here for so many years. It really ticks me off that McCormack executives at the top would be so greedy to wipe out a small company that stands in their way to selling crab and shrimp spice seasoning in order to sell their own crappier tasteless product. Old Bay SUCKS! Period! Ask any Marylander and they'll tell you. "Old Bay? Oh god, no! It sucks! It's terrible compared to the original Old Bay by Baltimore Spice company." Me included! ;)

Nov 03, 2012
ShawnKelley in General Topics

Old Bay Seasoning vs. Chesapeake Bay Seasoning.

Okay, this comes a little late but here's the deal. Yer ALL WRONG!!!

The ORIGINAL OLD BAY came from the Baltimore Spice Company 21208 in Maryland. For YEARS McCormack kept pestering Baltimore Spice Company to give it up for a profitable sum of money. Baltimore Spice Company REFUSED to sell the recipe for some time. About twenty years or so as I recall it. Somewhere between my 20s and now in my 50's, I'd guess around 30, Baltimore Spice caved. I imagine McCormack company offered them quite a healthy sum to let it go.

The FIRST thing that Marylander's noticed was the McCormacks blend dubbed Old Bay, was NOT the same recipe. Thousands of Maryland resident's ran to the stores to buy up all the left over cans of Old Bay on the shelves that still had the "Baltimore Spice Company" address on the can. Including me. I still have my original can.

What most people believe is McCormack wanted to tout their OWN blend of crab and seafood seasoning and only use the NAME of "OLD BAY" on their label as MOST MARYLANDER'S that had ate the spice for years, including me, said it was NOT the same and completely different which lead to the assumption that McCormack wanted to buy out their competition and dissolve the company so there was no longer any Old Bay to compete with their less enjoyable spice.

The ORIGINAL "Old Bay" spice that maryland residents used to steam their highly coveted Maryland Blue Crabs, had a much hotter afterburn when eating the spice from the jar and off the crabs. McCormack's version of Old Bay was less hot, and did not have the same exact blend of spices in proportion to equal the original. There is NOTHING more I'd like to do than get a hold of the original owners and get that recipe ingredient potion in the right proportions and start my own seafood spice company. Maryland residents would go nuts over it and leave McCormack in the dust.

When Maryland residents stated they did not like the McCormacks blend of "Old Bay" spice, a new company in Maryland arose as the next spice to steam crabs with and that was JO Spice company that made a better tasting crab seasoning that was similar in flavor to the original Baltimore Spice version of "Old Bay" minus the hotter burn spice that was obviously in the original Old Bay. Furthermore, another company tried to produce a new spice for crabs called WYE RIVER but did not match the original Old Bay nor did it compete and fell to the way side compared to Jo Spice which is used more by Maryland residents who seek the original flavor of Old Bay when it was owned by Baltimore Spice Co.

NOW, here is the kicker. McCormack MYSTERIOUSLY came out with ANOTHER Crab/Shrimp seasoning spice after their OWN blend of "Old Bay" was introduced. Hmm, imagine that! WHY would they put out TWO crab seasonings? It was called McCormack's "Chesapeake Bay" seasoning, It was NO WHERE NEAR touted as much as the McCormack own new blend of what they called Old Bay using the Old Bay name only. That newer spice label said "McCormacks Chesapeake Bay Seasoning." Most Maryland residents with GREAT TASTE BUDS that remember the ORIGINAL OLD BAY recipe from Baltimore Spice would tell you that the McCormack's Chesapeake Bay Seasoning blend that they did NOT tout WAS IN FACT the ORIGINAL OLD BLEND recipe of OLD BAY that the Baltimore Spice company made as it has that same exact flavor AND it had that after burn on your tongue that so many Marylanders remember. You'd have to be an older resident in your late 40's or greater to remember the original OLD BAY but I can tell you, after trying McCormack's OTHER crab seasoning "Chesapeake Bay seasoning" I can say for certain it was the ORIGINAL OLD BAY seasoning but McCormack eventually ended it's run and took it off the shelf! IF you can get a bottle of this seasoning left out there, you can experience the original OLD BAY seasoning. And I'll pay you good money for it! ;)

Shawn Kelley, Maryland.

Feb 26, 2012
ShawnKelley in General Topics