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French Four Spice

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Quatre épices, or French Four Spice, is one of traditional seasoning blends that France has to offer. However, unlike herbes de Provence or fines herbes, quatre épices is made of spices and is a headier blend.   Because it is comprised of fall spices like ginger and cloves, recipes using quatre épices tend to be cold weather foods. These foods include sausages (such as boudin blanc), fancy terrines, pain d’épices (gingerbread or spice bread), and roasted root vegetables.   Ready to try our Organic Quatre epices? Here’s some recipes that you can try it with! our vegan friendly Mushroom Rillettes...

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Infused Vinegars

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  Herb and spice infused vinegar is easy to make at home, and adds a refreshing spark to salad dressings and dips. It looks great, and unlike infused oil, it doesn't spoil easily, so it's perfect for gifting! While white distilled vinegar is readily available and economical, try experimenting with other vinegars too! For instance, sherry vinegar goes well with herbs like our Country Vinaigrette seasoning or our Fines Herbes. White balsamic vinegar is sweet and savory, so it’ll make a great Italian Herbs vinegar. Finally, white wine vinegar with our Harissa Seasoning makes an amazing hot sauce. To make your infused vinegar,...

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Flavored Salts

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The next DIY food gift idea is super easy and customizable: flavored salts! Flavored salts are popular gifts because they feel fancy but are very versatile to use - it can be used as a garnish for a homemade snack, mixed in to a dry rub, or as rimming salt for fancy cocktails (cricket-salt-rimmed cocktail, anyone?). With salts, the possibilities are endless. The general rule of thumb is 1 teaspoon of flavoring to ¼ cup of salt. Use large-grained, flakey salts. Kosher salt is a good place to start, but if you want to jazz it up a bit, use...

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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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Organic Poultry Seasoning

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  Poultry seasoning is a traditional American spice blend that is used for poultry meats like chicken, turkey, Cornish hens, squab, duck, and quails. It’s mostly a mixture of strong field herbs like sage and thyme. Other common includes may include marjoram, rosemary, black pepper, savory, and or oregano. Most of these ingredients are spices with woodsy or herb-y elements; this characteristic flavor profile of “poultry seasoning” helps to tame game-y flavors in wild fowl, but it also works great with vegan proteins like tofu and seitan. While we offer our own Organic Poultry Seasoning blend, it’s also fun to...

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