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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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How To Make Spiced Syrup

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Have you ever tried making your own spice syrup? It’s very easy to make and versatile to use - squirt some in soda water to make Italian soda, add it to your coffee for a holiday treat, or drizzle some on vanilla ice cream for a sultry touch! You can use any spice, but be sure to use whole spices so that you get a beautiful, clear syrup. In this sample recipe we used our Organic Mulling Spice, which is made of a combination of warm autumn spices. Toasting or scorching wakes up the essential oils, so that you...

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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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Cooking with Fenugreek

Posted by Melissa Lopez on

Fenugreek is a plant with yellow and white flowers that somewhat resembles alfalfa. Both its leaves and seeds are edible, and the latter, which are small, yellow and cuboid-shaped, can be used either whole or ground. Fenugreek adds a nutty, caramel-like taste to food. Most often used in Indian cuisine, it is a common ingredient in daal, is a central ingredient in spice mixes like panch phoron and adds a rich, complex flavor to curry dishes. It can also be used to season savory meats, such as chicken or pork, and can be used in vegetable dishes. Dry roast or temper...

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