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National Popcorn Month

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It’s National Popcorn Month! Americans eat about 16 million quarts a year of this delicious snack - that’s about 51 quarts per person! Here’s some popcorn trivia for you to get your celebration on: The earliest recorded use of corn is for popping! Historical Spaniard accounts state that popcorn was often used as garlands and crowns for Aztec ceremonies, as well as for snacking. The oldest ears of popcorn were found in Bat Cave, New Mexico in the 1940s. It was dated to be 4000 years old and 2 inches long! Popcorn consumption dropped in the 1950s when home televisions...

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Brining with Organic Spices

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Brining is an old technique that is used for preservation, tenderizing and flavoring. Essentially, the process of osmosis helps proteins retain its moisture during the roasting process. This is especially helpful when you’re doing a large roast like pork loin or turkey. You can either do wet or dry brines - but a wet brine works best for meats that have been frozen, like your average holiday turkey. The ideal brine is about 5 percent salt - so 20 ounces of water to an ounce of salt (be sure to weigh everything, over salting can make your roast inedible!). The...

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Spiced Jams and Jellies

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Jams and jellies are ancient preservation methods that are still appreciated today, and with good reason – it’s easy to make and stores so well! But the simplicity can get boring at times, and younger generations of producers are creating exotic and delicious combinations to mix things up (Grapefruit and Smoked Salt? Limetta Marmalade? Blueberry Bourbon?!) Making jam and jellies are surprisingly easy. The key is make sure that (1) you’re using the right amount of sugar, (2) the jam reaches about 217F/103 C boiling point and (3) there’s enough acidity to get fruit’s natural pectin to form. Make sure work...

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Made with Spicely: MISSION: HEIRLOOM

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    We're happy to announce the opening of MISSION: HEIRLOOM, a grain-free restaurant in Berkeley, CA.    Here's what Kate from MISSION: HEIRLOOM has got to say: "Mission: Heirloom is a multi-platform food company that provides inspired, nutrient-dense meals for delivery and at our soon-to-open cafe in Berkeley. We are above and beyond the ordinary health food restaurant, as we are scrupulous in our avoidance of toxins in everything from the food we serve to the air we breathe. That’s why we love Spicely. Each item meets our high standards for taste and nutrition.At Mission: Heirloom, we believe that...

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