According to the folks at Old Bay, there are just two things you need to know about their product:
1. It’s great on seafood.
2. It’s great on everything else.
Since the 1930s, Old Bay has been a staple flavor in Baltimore — the recipe and the yellow, blue and red can haven’t changed much since the beginning. It’s a cookout staple at this point, but it was originally whipped up as a bar snack. Back in the good old days, selling beer was way more profitable than serving seafood — legend has it that crabs were so plentiful that some Baltimore bars served them for free as bar snacks. Naturally, bartenders provided seasoning that would encourage patrons to drink more — and a dash of Old Bay is salty enough to make your tongue ache.
The classic yellow tin boasts a combination of 18 signature herbs and spices, guaranteed to add Baltimore flavor to anything savory and salty (think chicken, fries, and popcorn).The combination is so dynamite that Herr’s started offering Old Bay flavored chips for folks without the time to sprinkle it themselves.
And thanks to Baltimore’s status as a major port, big tubs of Old Bay have made their way into the galleys of most Navy ships, spreading the bold-yet-nuanced Chesapeake flavor to the corners of the known world. And there couldn’t be a better (or bolder) ambassador for Charm City.