Saturday, July 11, 2009

Herbs and Spices Add Healthy Flavor to Your Cooking

Consumption of spices and seasonings in North America is at an all-time high. In fact, spice consumption in North America has increased by 50 percent in the past decade. We are not only using spices more frequently and in greater volume, but in a much wider variety; approximately 28 spices are used in the average North American home.

Watkins was a pioneer in spices and seasonings in the late 1800s, and by the turn of the century had acquired a national reputation for quality. Today, our spice line has grown and diversified to accommodate a growing appetite for spices, while retaining the same high quality.
  • Quality raw materials - Watkins buys the pick of the world's herb and spice crop, each selected from the best growing region.
  • Skillful preparation - All spices contain volatile flavoring oils. If care is not exercised during grinding and granulation, it is possible for enough heat to be generated to evaporate these oils and result in an inferior product.
  • Strict quality control - We select our spices for taste, color, and appearance; then more thorough tests are made to further determine the quality. After the spices are processed, they are bottled in glass or tins to preserve quality (many of the spices' essential oils are not compatible with plastic).
  • Glass bottle with shaker top - After processing, our natural herbs an spices are immediately packed in custom glass bottles to preserve quality.
  • Certified Kosher
Watkins spices were originally introduced in 1895 and were awarded the Grand Prize with Gold Medal for Highest Quality at the International Exposition, Paris in 1928.
Watkins brings you
All-Natural Herbs and Spices
Organic Herbs and Spices
Seasoning Blends and Salts
Black Pepper and Pepper Collection
Watkins Lemon Peel, #01933
Watkins Organic Ginger in Tin, #00595 or Ginger in Glass Bottle, #01932
Watkins Pure Lemon Extract, #00395

Lemon-Ginger Fruit Dip
8 oz/227 g marshmallow creme
8 oz/227 g cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tbsp/23 ml Watkins Pure Lemon Extract
1 tbsp/15 ml Watkins Lemon Peel
1/4 tsp/1.2 ml Watkins Ginger

Beat marshmallow creme and cream cheese together. Add the lemon extract, lemon peel and ginger; mix well and refrigerate until ready to use. Serve as a dip for fruit kebabs, pieces of fresh fruit, or pour as a sauce over fruit.

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