Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New Blog~ 2 into 1

Hello everyone!

So glad you stopped by for a visit. After receiving feedback from my readers and customers I have decided to combine my two blogs. This will be easier for you as the reader to only have to visit one blog and easier for me to update just the one. I hope you all like the new and improved blog. Come on over for a visit!

Watkinize Your World

Friday, February 13, 2009

FREE S&H for Watkins Customers!!!

That's right! All customers that place an Watkins order of $50 or more by phone, mail, fax or online between Feb. 16th 2009 to Mar. 1st 2009. So don't delay save on S&H today!


Saturday, January 31, 2009

When Do Spices Give Up The Ghost?

How long can bottled spices be kept; what is the shelf life? The good news is, spices typically do not spoil. The bad news is, they lose their strength. What is interesting is that a lot of cookbook writers tell you to purge your pantry once an herb or spice is about 6 months old. But most spice
companies are not so reckless. They tell you to keep and use the spices as long as they appear to have flavor—and they trust you to be able to tell! Stored in an airtight container, in a cool, dry place, spices retain their potency longer than you’d think — as long as 4 years for whole spices, 2 to 3 years for ground spices, and 1 to 3 years for leafy herbs, depending on the herb. Whole peppercorns, nutmegs and cinnamon sticks hold on to their flavor for ages. Particularly potent whole spices, such as cloves, cumin, and cardamom will also last for a long time. For ground spices, shake the jar, let it settle, and give a sniff. If there’s essentially no smell, it should be tossed out. If the spices have a bit of fragrance left but are not as potent as you remember or think they should be, just use more in the recipe. Then you’ll run out sooner and have a reason to start fresh with a new batch. Of paramount importance in getting the most flavor and value out of your herbs and spices is to store them well — nowhere near the heat of the stove, nowhere near the humidity of the stove or dishwasher, nowhere bright and sunny. But don’t get the idea that putting them in the freezer is ideal, either. Condensation will be a problem each time the bottle comes out of the freezer and is likely to introduce moisture in the
spices. Similarly, don’t ever shake herbs or spices out of the bottle directly into something you’re cooking — that’s the quickest way possible to steam and despoil your spices.

As Watkins associates, realize that most people have spices on their kitchen shelf that they’ve had for 5, sometimes 10 or more years. Compare the smell of a new Watkins spice to one that is years old. What a difference! Almost everyone needs a new set of spices. And guess what? We have the best!!

Information taken from oChef.com.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Natural and Organic Flavors

Staying Organic Is Spice Of Life For Watkins

Organic Spices GroupOften times, consumers may question what exactly is organic and how does it differ from natural? When referring to natural, or all natural, generally the product does not contain artificial or synthetic material and has sustained very minimal processing. Organic on the other hand signifies the way a product is actually grown and processed.

Organically grown products are farmed using only natural processing methods, free from pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. For a product to be labeled organic, it must pass a certification process, with national standards set forth by The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Whether domestic or international, individual farms and manufacturing facilities are supervised by USDA agencies that carefully scrutinize each step before passing certification.

Trends in America today show the consumer’s demand for natural and organic products is on the rise. According to the Organic Trade Association, sales in the organic category will increase 18 percent annually through 2008. Mainstream supermarkets are expanding their natural and organic selections to include fruits, vegetables, meat, and poultry to accommodate this growing need.

It is clear consumers are looking for ways to introduce more natural, healthy and organic products into their lifestyles. Consumers take more time to educate themselves on what they put into their bodies. And as many are now looking to add organic foods to their daily meals, often times they find organics to be costlier than traditional foods. Watkins offers a full line of spices at every day prices. Giving the consumer the comfort of adding organics to their diet, without denting their pocket book.

Watkins organic spices do not contain fillers like sugar, synthetic anti-caking agents, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives that may be found in conventional spices. The line of USDA Certified 100% Organic Spices includes: black pepper, nutmeg, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, ginger, dry mustard, cinnamon, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, basil, rosemary, curry powder, sage, ground cloves, parsley, and dill along with beef seasoning blend and chicken seasoning blend. Each spice is packaged in colorful, premium Watkins trademark gold medal tins both functional and decorative.

Founded in 1868, America’s original natural products company has been the pioneer in spices and extracts for over 100 years. To this day, Watkins adheres strictly to the same quality standards pioneered by its founder, J.R. Watkins, generations ago. Buying only the highest grades of herbs and spices possible around the world, Watkins gives the consumer the option of natural and organic, without compromising flavor.

Watkins Oil And Spice Represents All Things Nice

For more than 140 years, Watkins Incorporated has been America’s pioneer in natural living, utilizing the finest natural ingredients in its products. To this day, Watkins adheres strictly to the same quality standards set forth by company founder, J.R. Watkins in 1868. Through its natural and organic gourmet herbs and spices to its extracts and flavors, Watkins continues to provide award-winning products that are good for the earth, good for others and good for you.
All-Natural Pure Extracts

In 2008, Watkins will launch a new line of all-natural pure extracts free of artificial coloring and made from all-natural oils. The new products includes:

  • All-Natural Pure Almond
  • All-Natural Pure Lemon
  • All-Natural Pure Orange
  • All-Natural Pure Peppermint
Organic Spices

Organic SpicesAlso Watkins will expand the line of all-natural spices with its signature 2 oz. gold medal tins to protect from light and preserve natural oils and freshness. The line expansion includes:

  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Ground Cloves
  • Basil
  • Dill
  • Curry Powder
  • Beef Seasoning
  • Chicken Seasoning

For more than 140 years, Watkins, Incorporated has been America’s pioneer in natural living, utilizing only the finest natural ingredients. Watkins provides quality brands to meet consumer’s needs for environmentally friendly and sustainable products — to help people feel better and live healthy lives.

Natural and Organic Flavors

No fillers. No preservatives. No synthetic agents. People should feel good about all aspects of their cooking and eating. That’s why Watkins will be rolling out a new line of all-natural pure extracts and organic spices — without the “other” stuff. From natural and organic gourmet herbs and spices like sage and basil to extracts and flavors like all-natural pure almond oil, Watkins’ award-winning products are more than just good for the earth — even better, they’re good for you

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Simple tips to experience the health benefits!

Try these simple tips to experience the health benefits Watkins array of spices have to offer.

  • Sprinkle Watkins Cinnamon on oatmeal, yogurt, French toast or in muffin batter.
  • Add a dash of Watkins Thyme to scrambled eggs, omelets or souffl├ęs.
  • Stir Watkins Oregano into your favorite soup base, chicken, tuna salad or dressing.
  • Try a sprinkle of Watkins Ground Ginger over fresh fruit for a refreshing dessert.
  • Add Watkins Rosemary Leaves to mashed or roasted potatoes.
  • Curry Powder can be added to rice dishes.

Mmmmm Watkins spices make everything taste so much better!