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Outdoor Edge’s New ChowPal is Going to Make for Some Very Happy Campers

Outdoor Edge Makes Filleting Fish Easy with the New Reel-Flex Fillet Knives

Hi Mountain Seasonings Introduces the Ultimate Jerky Cutting Board

Hi Mountain Seasonings Introduces Its New Chili Seasoning

Outdoor Edge’s New Grill-Beam Tongs and Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula Cast a New Light on Grilling

Leysath to Bring Wild Game and Hi Mountain Seasonings to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic

COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet Is Perfect Indoors or Outdoors

UPTIME’s Streamlined Energy Formula Fuels Greatness

Let the CanCooker Cook for Your Hunting Camp

The New Duck Commander CanCooker is Now Available

Seth McGinn’s Introduces the Plank Foldable Cutting Boards

Seth McGinn’s Introduces the Dual-Fuel™ Portable Cooktop--Perfect Indoors or Outdoors

ACCESORIES

Outdoor Edge’s New ChowPal is Going to Make for Some Very Happy Campers

Outdoor Edge, the company that combines functional design with the finest materials and hand craftsmanship to create high-quality knives and tools, has introduced the new ChowPal, an innovative new approach to outdoor eating utensils that incorporates multi-tool functionality. This new all-in-one utensil set/multi-tool adds a can opener, a bottle opener, a flathead screwdriver and a wrench set to the nested fork and folding knife/spoon that lock together but quickly and easily slide apart when you are ready to chow down.

Crafted of 420J2 stainless steel for increased strength and durability, the two-piece ChowPal set is lightweight and portable at 2.4 oz. and measures 6.5 inches long. The knife/spoon utensil features a locking, single-bevel knife blade that folds flat against the spoon, while the fork features a graduated wrench in 8, 10, 11 and 13mm, a can opener, bottle opener and screwdriver. The ChowPal includes its own easy-to-find orange nylon carry pouch, so you can bring it with you on any camping, fishing, backpacking or outdoor adventure.

It’s time to upgrade from the standard three-function utensil kit and forget all the extra tools you have to pack. Just bring the practical, durable ChowPal to lighten your load and enhance your outdoor experience. 

The new ChowPal will be available at the beginning of 2018 at retailers nationwide or conveniently online at www.outdooredge.com for a suggested retail price of $27.50.

About Outdoor Edge: Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Denver, Colo., Outdoor Edge is a leading designer and manufacturer of knives and tools. Today, Outdoor Edge continues to innovate and develop state-of-the-art products for outdoor enthusiasts, game processors, survivalists, handymen and others who require the very best knives and tools available for leisure, work and everyday-carry needs. The company prides itself in offering a variety of products that undergo extensive field-testing in harsh, rugged environments resulting in durable, long-lasting products that come with a lifetime guarantee. For additional information on Outdoor Edge and its full line of products write to: Outdoor Edge, 5000 Osage Street, Suite 800, Denver, CO 80221; call toll-free 800-477-3343; email moreinfo@outdooredge.com; or visit www.outdooredge.com.

Hi Mountain Seasonings Introduces the Ultimate Jerky Cutting Board

Hi Mountain Seasonings, the flavor leader in jerky and seasonings, has introduced its innovative, patent-pending Ultimate Jerky Cutting Board to make quick work of safely and easily slicing uniform strips of meat for making jerky. The HMS Ultimate Jerky Cutting Board is also perfect for slicing fruits, vegetables, or any other item used on a conventional cutting board.

The Ultimate Jerky Cutting Board is molded of extremely durable polypropylene polymer. It features a 1/4-inch depth on one side, and a 3/8-inch depth on the other, with a rim around the outside and down the center that guides the knife blade for consistent cuts. Ridges on both sides trap excess liquids, and textured surfaces on the ridges grip meats while tenderizing to help seasoning penetrate the meat.

The Ultimate Jerky Cutting Board also has a textured hand protector that provides even downward pressure while keeping the blade safely away from the user's hands. The hand protector locks into the 3/8-inch side of the cutting board, and the included 13 1/2-inch jerky knife nests inside it for easy storage. The Outdoor Edge knife features a surgically sharp, high-carbon, 420 stainless steel blade and an easy-grip, ergonomic, nonslip rubberized Kraton Handle. A carry handle is conveniently molded into the top, making it easy to grab and go and the nonslip rubber feet on each corner of the Ultimate Jerky Cutting Board hold it firmly in place while cutting. Simply flip the board over to use the flat surface to strip-cut jerky slices or for any other conventional-cutting board uses.

The HMS Ultimate Jerky Cutting Board is dishwasher safe, and each one is proudly made in Riverton, Wyo. It is currently available at your local Hi Mountain Seasonings retailer or conveniently online at www.himtnjerky.com for a suggested retail of $29.99.

Hi Mountain's entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at www.himtnjerky.com. Hi Mountain products also can be found at high-end sporting-goods stores, farm-and-ranch stores and many local grocery stores.

Located in the heart of Wyoming, Hi Mountain Seasonings was founded in 1991. It is the premier manufacturer of kits for homemade jerky and sausage. Hi Mountain Seasonings has successfully captured distinct, traditional Western flavors in its jerky cure & seasonings, Western-style seasonings, bacon cures and other products that make up the unique line of gourmet Western seasonings. For additional information, write: Hi Mountain Seasonings, 1000 College View Drive, Riverton, WY 82501; call toll-free 1-800-829-2285; or visit the company website at www.himtnjerky.com.

Outdoor Edge’s New Grill-Beam Tongs and Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula Cast a New Light on Grilling

I've tried just about every grill light known to man or woman over the past few years -- and all failed to please me. They were either bulky to hold, wouldn't stay attached to the grill, or fell apart shortly after purchase.

Now I'm a happy griller -- for Outdoor Edge, the company that combines functional design with the sharpest steels and hand craftsmanship to create high-quality knives and tools, has made the barbequing season a delight --- with the introduction of its new illuminating Grill-Beam Tongs and Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula combo. These innovative, patented grilling tools are so easy to use and lit up my outdoor barbeque perfectly.

The Grill-Beam BBQ tools integrate powerful, 22-lumen AA LED flashlights in their spring-loaded tong pivots to put the spotlight on your culinary masterpiece. Designed for versatility, both the Grill-Beam Tongs and the Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula feature unique sliding shafts that telescope and lock for the option of a shorter, more controllable 14-5/8 inch tool, or expand to a full 17 inches in length to safely work a flaming grill or campfire. Both Grill-Beam models keep the chef happy and hydrated with a built-in bottle opener. The Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula combo feature an added grill cleaning notch and serrated edge to cut into the meat and check for doneness.

Crafted of sturdy, dishwasher-safe, 304 stainless steel, matched with a heat-resistant Zytel glass/nylon handle, the Grill-Beam tools are built strong enough to lift a heavy roast and will ensure a lifetime of use. A clip mounted at the end of each Grill-Beam makes them easy to close and store away. They are also lightweight, weighing in at only 16.6 oz.

The Grill-Beam Tongs and the Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula have suggested retail prices of $35.95 and $39.95, respectively. The Grill-Beams are available at retailers nationwide as well as conveniently online at www.outdooredge.com. For more information on the BBQ sets visit the website or an Outdoor Edge retailer.

About Outdoor Edge: Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Denver, Outdoor Edge is a leading designer and manufacturer of knives and tools. Today, Outdoor Edge continues to innovate and develop state-of-the-art products—not only for outdoor enthusiasts and game processors—but everyday carry tools for survivalists, handymen and others who require the very best knives available for their leisure, work and everyday carry needs. The company prides itself in offering a variety of products that undergo extensive field-testing in harsh, rugged environments resulting in durable, long-lasting products that come with a lifetime guarantee. For additional information on Outdoor Edge and its full line of products, write to: Outdoor Edge, 5000 Osage Street, Suite 800, Denver, CO 80221; call toll-free (800) 447-3343; email moreinfo@outdooredge.com; or visit www.outdooredge.com.

COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet Is Perfect Indoors or Outdoors

Ready to take meal time to the outdoors this summer? The COOKINA provides the perfect barrier when you don't want to place your food directly on those grimy public grills when you are enjoying your picnic at the beach, campground, or park.  COOKINA Barbecue is the first-ever reusable grilling sheet that is 100% non-stick and PFOA free and allows for oil- and fat-free cooking that results in a tender, juicy meal that maintains grill marks.

With the COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet you simply unroll it, place it on the grill, cook up your favorite barbecue meals, wipe it clean and roll it back up. No more having to scrub the community grill clean and no worries about possibly having an allergic reaction to whatever was cooked on the grill beforehand. With the COOKINA the company has broken the mold on the typical picnic menu consisting of sandwiches and chips and now allowing you to whip up hot and ready meals within minutes while still soaking up the sun.

I tried this innovative accessory and found it's the perfect solution offering home cooks a non-stick, easy-clean and healthy grilling & cooking experience. Ideal for using as an alternative to aluminum foil, users can utilize this product by placing the reusable grilling sheet over the grill to cook up dishes without having to use oil or needing to clean the grill afterwards. Additionally, users can still achieve the coveted grill marks on foods. COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet is 100% non-stick and PFOA free, reusable, reversible, easy to clean and easily cuts to size, as well as allows for oil and fat-free cooking for a tender, juicy and tasty meal.

How to Use:
Step 1: Place COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet on grill
Step 2: Place food on the sheet (and notice how none of the sauces seep through)
Step 3: Enjoy the easy-to-use, nonstick surface while achieving grill marks
Step 4: Simply wipe the non-stick sheet off and reuse it again

It is available at numerous stores nationwide, including Home Depot for approximately $14.99.

Seth McGinn’s Introduces the Plank Foldable Cutting Boards

I tried two Plank Folding Cutting Boards (they come in three sizes - 8 x 16", 9 x 19" and 16 x 32") and are only .225-inch thick, and found the cutting boards to be of excellent quality and very useful for all types of cutting chores. Best of all, they're made from recycled materials in the U.S., are odor-free and stain-resistant, fold to about a quarter of their original width, and are designed with unique no-pinch hinges. Folding to a quarter of their useable size, they're easily stored in a tiny space, are functional, lightweight and, best of all, unbreakable. I used mine for a variety of chores - cleaning fish, slicing brisket and steak -- and surprisingly - when I ran out of counter space in my kitchen, I simply opened the Plank Foldable Cutting Boards and gained extra needed space. They wash easily and look as good as new each time used.

The ability of the Plank to fold, which makes it perfect to use and store in your kitchen, also makes it perfect to take along on trips. Whether you are hiking, fishing, tailgating or embarking on another kind of adventure, the Plank travels easily. And should your Plank go overboard from your fishing boat, there’s no reason to fret because it floats.

The 9X19-inch Plank, for instance, folds to 9X4.85 inches with a thickness of 0.9 inches and weighs just 20 ounces for easy transport and storage. The Plank is available at retailers nationwide tfor $17.99, $24.99 and $49.99 respectively.

No home or adventure should be without a Seth McGinn’s Plank. Be sure to stop by your local retailer and get one today.

Headquartered in Fremont, NE, Seth McGinn’s originally introduced his CanCooker in 2009. This unique outdoor cooking device allows you to cook a lot of food without a lot of work. Seth McGinn’s has now expanded his food preparation product line with the introduction of the Plank.

For additional information, write to Seth McGinn’s, 925 West 6th St., Fremont, NE 68025; call toll-free 877-844-2772; or visit www.cancooker.com. Visit on Facebook www.facebook.com/CanCooker.com.

GasWatch Propane Tank Scale

GasWatch is a propane tank scale that connects to your phone via Bluetooth. The scale accurately measures how much propane is left in the tank, and alerts you through your phone so that you never unexpectedly run out of gas while grilling again.

The integrated iOS and Android phone app indicates exactly how much propane is left in your tank, converts it to how much cooking time you have left*, and sounds an alarm when you hit dangerously low levels. *“Cooking time left” is estimated on an average BTU output. Time may vary based on how quickly or slowly your grill expends gas. With GasWatch, you no longer have to be a slave to your grill while the rest of your friends and family are having fun at your party – the cooking timer helps you keep track of your food, and you won’t have to run to the store and get another tank in the middle of an event. No need to take up additional space by storing an expensive spare tank, because you’ll know ahead of time whether your tank needs a refill. You are connected to your tank via Bluetooth at all times, so you’ll never unexpectedly run out of propane with your food half-grilled.

To use GasWatch, simply set tank onto the GasWatch Ring. The tank and GasWatch can sit outside of the grill, or fit comfortably hidden in your grill cabinet. Turn on the GasWatch pad and enabled Bluetooth on your phone to connect the device. Enjoy your BBQ from anywhere while still keeping an eye on your grill!

Features:

Accurate, safe & userfriendly

Compatible with any tank weight available-- Converts tank weight into remaining cook time and displays in minutes-- Customizable timer alerts you when you need to check on your food -- Weather indicator in the corner of app--Safe no connection to tank means no chance of leaks -- Low level alarm at 10%, customizable alarm tone -- Easy to set up, easy toread, no tools required --Email support straight from the app with any issues--App for iOSandAndroid devices. GasWatch is ideal for all of your propane appliances.

About the GasWatch Company

Gauges, propane gas level indicators and digital propane scales, GasWatch adds predictability to gas grilling. GasWatch is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information about GasWatch, visit its website at www.gaswatch.com

FiAir -- The handy little blower to feed your fires

This is the first and only truly portable, handheld, battery powered blower on the grill and fireplace accessories market, according to the manufacturer. It's designed specifically to nurture wood and charcoal fires with precision and control. It has many advantages over using your breath to get the fire going, including:

-- coaxing lit coals and kindling to life
-- accelerating hot spots
-- rapidly increasing cooking temperature for a quick sear
-- spreading flames to evenly consume fuel
-- stoking waning fires and refreshing fires as new fuel is added
-- it will work for years to come in kindling healthy fires, indoors or outside.

It's easy to use:

Light your coals or kindling in your preferred way. Stand a few feet away, point FiAir toward hot spots at the base of your fire and press the orange button. This is a powerful tool; starting too close could extinguish newly lit fuel. Then, gradually work your way closer to the fire, feeding airflow to hot spots from an optimal distance for about 30-40 seconds. Release the button and pause to see how the fire is developing. Continue by concentrating brief bursts of about 20 seconds each of FiAir on hot spots to make them even hotter. Then aim at areas that still need to catch or use FiAir to push and spread flames to uncaught coals or logs. Continue using FiAir intermittently to stoke and refresh the flames, as needed, especially when you add new logs or charcoal. For charcoal users, when most coals are covered with white ash, spread them out and place any remaining black coals on top, then stoke again with FiAir.

FiAir Tips:

Kindle Close/Stoke Far: FiAir is powerful enough to use at varying distances as your fire progresses. Fresh fires do not put out much heat, so you can kindle as close as you like to get the blaze goiing. As the fire grows hotter, simply pull back a foot or two and continue using FiAir to spread and raise the flame.
Give it a rest: Once your fire is burning well, do not run FiAir continuously. Overfeeding your fire wil burn through your fuel - and your batteries - too quickly.
Stoke responsibly: You'll like using this new tool, but always use absolute care when around open flames. As long as the fire is burning, do not leave it uncared for.

The FiAir uses 3 AAA batteries for the power supply. Using it in brief 30-40 second bursts rather than continuously allows batteries to recover a bit during use. It will continue to provide effective airflow for about 10 fires when used as directed, and excellent instructions come with each FiAir.
Made in America, more information on the FiAir is available at web site www.FiAir.net.

Enviro-Log 5-pound Firelogs Burn Up to Three Hours and are Environmentally-friendly

Enviro-Log®, Inc., an eco-friendly, consumer products and recycling company known for the greenest, most versatile firelogs on the market, offers 5 -pound firelogs that are safe for fireplaces, fireplace inserets, woodstoves, chimineas and campfires

Enviro-Logs are made from 100 percent recycled waxed cardboard, typically used to transport fruits and vegetables to produce processors, grocery stores and restaurants, to manufacture its earth-friendly firelogs. When compared to firewood, Enviro-Log Firelogs burn cleaner, have no added petroleum products, are perfect for outdoor cooking, are easy to light and very convenient, give off 50% more heat than wood, put out big, tall flames, burn cleaner than wood, emit 86% less creosote, 80% less carbon monoxide, and 30% ess emissions. It's also safe to burn two firelogs at a time.

I tried Enviro-Logs in my chiminea and loved the way they burned and also the heat emitted. They continued to burn despite the freezing temperature outside and the damp conditions in my back yard due to the recent snowfall and snowflakes! An Enviro-Log gives 50% more heat than wood. Next I plan to try them in my living room fireplace and know I won't have the usual odor and soot from regular fire logs.

Easy to store and usable in all weather conditions, they're even safe to cook over. I soon realized that I can take them when outdoor tailgating or for cookout events. The ash from Enviro-Log firelogs can even be used as fertilizer or potting soil. What I also loved about these logs is that they're wrapped in a heavy brown paper and all I had to do was place it, as is, and not get my hands dirty while starting the fire. I didn't have to keep moving regular logs together as the Enviro-Log burned beautifully with gorgeous flames.

Now available individually or in cartons of 6 Five lb. firelogs or 9 in a carton at local hardware stores, supermarkets, farm stores, Walmart, Sears and other stores.

NOTE: Please be sure you use the proper lighting techniques with your Enviro-Log Firelog for maximum efficiency: Place the firelog with the seam face-up. Tear off the long seam down the length of the firelog, tuck the edges to the side and light the ends of the wrapper. This helps release the firelog wrapper properly, allowing the wrapper to flame up and help start the firelog.  You can add a little paper beneath the firelog as needed.  If you have proper fireplace tools, sometimes placing one end on the back of the grate with the wrapper released as explained helps the fire run up the firelog and get started; you can then reposition the firelog in the grate.

About Envio-Log® Inc.

Enviro-Log® is an eco-friendly, consumer products and recycling company headquartered in Fitzgerald, Ga. Enviro-Log is the largest waxed cardboard recycler in North America and the third largest producer of manufactured firelogs in the U.S. Its firelogs are made of 100 percent recycled materials and burn cleaner than wood while providing 50 percent more heat per pound. Enviro-Log Firelogs can be purchased at select national retail locations including Home Depot, Kmart, Lowes, True Value, Rite Aid, Sears, Whole Foods, Walmart, Family Dollar, Dollar General, Shaw’s, select Ace Hardware, Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, Fresh Market, Harris Teeter, Weis Markets, Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Blain’s Farm & Fleet and many regional retailers throughout the U.S. Enviro-Log Firelogs are also available in Canada at Lowe’s, Walmart, Target and Canadian Tire locations. Made from 100 percent recycled eco-friendly wax, Enviro-Log Firestarters offer an alternative to kindling, petroleum- based starter blocks, lighter fluids, and ethanol-based gels. Enviro-Log Firestarters are available at select retail locations throughout the United States, including Ace Hardware, Lowe’s Home Improvement stores nationwide, Rite Aid, The Home Depot (Northeast Region) and many regional grocery and hardware retailers such as Weis Markets, Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. More information on Enviro-Log can be found at www.enviro-log.net or by calling (866)343-6847. Retailers can also send an email to sales@enviro-log.net. You can also follow Enviro-Log on Facebook® at www.Facebook.com/Envirolog, or Twitter at http://twitter.com/EnviroLogFire for tips and product giveaways.
Enviro-Log is a registered trademark of Enviro-Log, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are properties of their respective companies.   

For Babies:

EZ Squeezees --

are a new refillable and reusable food pouch with a large zippered side for easy, mess-free filling. Perfect for on-the-go! Just fill with your kiddo’s favorite puree, zip, let them eat and enjoy, then wash and reuse. They are even BPA and Phthalate free, as well as dishwasher and freezer safe. EZ Squeezees holds 6.5oz of food and can be reused about 15 times per pouch. Sure to save you big bucks while also saving the environment! For more information contact web site www.ezsqueezees.com

Steri-bottle --

is not like other baby feeding bottles that need to be repeatedly washed and reused. This practical product is single-use and ready to use straight from the recyclable box. This ensures that your baby drinks from a brand-new, clean and hygienic bottle every time he or she feeds. Steri-bottle is 100 percent recyclable and made of a safe Bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalate free plastic. For more information contact web site www.steribottle.com

Badaboum's baby sleep sack --

is the convenient and comfortable solution to loose baby blankets for parents and babies on the go. The one-piece design features shoulder snaps and bottom zipper to allow for quick and easy changes. Sure to keep baby snug and warm without mom and dad worry about a blanket constantly falling off baby.  For more information go to web site www.bada-boum.com

Bumkins Finer Baby Products line of travel accessories are perfect for families traveling with young children. From the super-cozy Stroller Blanket that easily attaches to any stroller to the lightweight and waterproof Splat Mat, moms will be prepared for any situation that comes their way.  Known as a leader in cloth diapers and other eco-conscious baby and toddler products, Bumkins is a favorite among mothers looking for safe, organic and environmental friendly baby products. www.bumkins.com

APPLIANCES

Let the CanCooker Cook for Your Hunting Camp

Hunting camps are steeped in some of the richest traditions in American history—fellowship, fun, hunting and experiencing the great outdoors—and CanCooker™ is the perfect addition to any hunting camp. Cooking delicious meals in the CanCooker or CanCooker Jr. for the hunting group is effortless, freeing up more time to enjoy these great traditions.

It takes just a few minutes to prepare the ingredients, layer them in the CanCooker, add water or your favorite beverage, seal it up and put it on the fire, and you’ll be back to telling tales of the day’s events or previous hunts as the CanCooker does the rest of the cooking.

Preparing meals for your hunting camp with your CanCooker is the easiest part of getting ready for the hunt. With an extensive online library of recipes from which to choose, it’s simple to find easy-to-follow, delicious recipes perfect for any meal of the day. Whether its poultry, seafood, meat, breakfast or even a celebratory cake, CanCooker’s website has a recipe that will suit your hunting camp needs. And, the newly released Everyone Can Cook with a CanCooker™ cookbook can go anywhere you go, so even if your hunting camp has no Internet connection, you’ve got access to nearly 100 recipes created just for the CanCooker and CanCooker Jr. with the new cookbook.

For those who don’t already own a CanCooker or a CanCooker Jr., finding a nearby dealer is as easy as entering a zip code in the dealer locator at www.cancooker.com website. Users will be directed to local retailers, or they can conveniently order on the website. 

Headquartered in Fremont, NE, Seth McGinn’s originally introduced his CanCooker in 2009. This unique outdoor cooking device allows you to cook a lot of food without a lot of work. Seth McGinn’s has now expanded his food preparation product line with the introduction of the Plank Foldable Cutting Board and Multi-Fuel™ portable cook top. For additional information, write to Seth McGinn’s, 925 West 6th St., Fremont, NE 68025; call toll-free 877-844-2772; or visit www.cancooker.com. Visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/CanCooker.

The New Duck Commander CanCooker is Now Available

For all those loyal Robertson fans, Seth McGinn's, the company that re-invented the old-fashioned-creamery-style can as a portable convection oven that steam-cooks a complete meal in an hour, is pleased to announce the introduction of the new special-edition 4-gallon Duck Commander CanCooker˙.

'We are very excited to team up with Phil, Willie, Jase and Silas on this project,' said David Langston, CanCooker vice president of sales and marketing. 'They speak to more than just waterfowlers, and they represent a way of life that parallels that of the CanCooker founder and its management team. The Robertsons are all about faith, family and the opportunity to live off the land. Those same ideals are what brought Seth to invent the CanCooker.'

The Duck Commander CanCooker is just like the original CanCooker. It is a 4-gallon old-fashioned-creamery-style can that quickly and easily steam-cooks a complete high-quality meal for a large group of diners. It is carefully constructed of thick-walled, food-grade anodized aluminum that efficiently converts heat into steam. That steam circulates inside the can to tenderize and cook the ingredients without boiling away any nutrients. In as little as an hour on just about any heat source˜from a stovetop to a campfire˜you can create an amazingly delicious dinner for family and friends.

To make your Duck Commander CanCooker experience even easier than ever, CanCooker is now offering a downloadable recipe book, A Collection of Great Ideas, free of charge. Filled with delicious, easy-to-follow recipes that the whole family will enjoy, the CanCooker recipe book offers everything from breakfast to dinner to dessert, with a variety of game fare to choose from. There is nothing you can‚t make easily and deliciously in your CanCooker. Download your free CanCooker A Collection of Great Ideas recipe book at www.cancooker.com.

The new Duck Commander CanCooker has an MSRP of $89.99, and it can be purchased from retailers nationwide or conveniently online at www.cancooker.com.

Headquartered in Fremont, NE, Seth McGinn's originally introduced his CanCooker in 2009. This unique outdoor cooking device allows you to cook a lot of food without a lot of work. Seth McGinn‚s has now expanded his food preparation product line with the introduction of the Plank.

For additional information, write to Seth McGinn's, 925 West 6th St., Fremont, NE 68025; call toll-free 877-844-2772; or visit www.cancooker.com. Visit also on Facebook www.facebook.com/CanCooker.com.

CanCooker Now Offering a Recipe-of-the-Month Newsletter

CanCooker, the company that reinvented the old-fashioned-creamery-style can as a portable convection oven that steam-cooks a complete meal in an hour, is now offering a Recipe-of-the-Month newsletter for its fans. In addition to its extensive library of recipes already available on the CanCooker website, the Company is now providing customers with a new, mouth-watering, easy-to-follow recipe every month.

To receive the Recipe-of-the-Month newsletter, which is sent to subscribers via email monthly, customers simply sign up on the CanCooker website for the company’s recipe book download. The link to sign up is on the homepage on the lower right side. The free recipe book will not only provide them with tried-and-true recipes using the CanCooker, but will also sign them up for the new Recipe-of-the-Month newsletter.

“Our culinary team is always working to create new, healthy and delicious recipes for meals that we can share with our customers,” said David Langston, CanCooker vice president of sales and marketing. “The possibilities are endless with the CanCooker, and you’re free to come up with your own special recipes. But if you need something fast and easy, we take the guesswork out of your day.”

For those who don’t already own a CanCooker, finding a nearby dealer in the website’s database is as easy as entering a zip code in the dealer locator. Users will be directed to local retailers, or they can simply order online at CanCooker.com.

Headquartered in Fremont, NE, Seth McGinn’s originally introduced his CanCooker in 2009. This unique outdoor cooking device allows you to cook a lot of food without a lot of work. Seth McGinn’s has now expanded his food preparation product line with the introduction of the Plank Foldable Cutting Board. For additional information, write to Seth McGinn’s, 925 West 6th St., Fremont, NE 68025; call toll-free 877-844-2772; or visit CanCooker.com. Visit on Facebook at CanCooker.

Seth McGinn’s Introduces the Dual-Fuel™ Portable Cooktop--Perfect Indoors or Outdoors

Seth McGinn’s new Dual-Fuel portable cooktop is nothing short of groundbreaking with its ability to utilize two different types of commonly available fuel types to cook meals and boil water anywhere, anytime. The Dual-Fuel’s ability to operate on either butane or propane makes the Dual-Fuel extremely flexible, and its electronic ignition makes it very easy to use.

The patent-pending Dual-Fuel is compact, measuring only 12 3/4 X 13 7/8 X 3 5/8 inches and weighing just 5 lbs, including its durable, injection-molded plastic carrying and storage case. The new Dual-Fuel is perfect for camping, hunting, fishing, RVing, tailgating or any outdoor cooking situation, and it is exceptionally quiet during operation. It uses either a standard 8 oz. butane canister or a 16.4 oz. propane canister. No batteries are required.

Seth McGinn’s Dual-Heat will be available at retailers this spring at a suggested retail price of $69.99. Before you venture out to the woods, the lake, the river or your next game, be sure to stop by your local retailer and pick up a Dual-Fuel for your on-site cooking needs.

Headquartered in Fremont, NE, Seth McGinn’s originally introduced his CanCooker in 2009. This unique outdoor cooking device allows you to cook a lot of food without a lot of work. Seth McGinn’s has now expanded his food preparation product line with the introduction of The Plank Foldable Cutting Boards and the new Dual-Fuel portable cooktop. For additional information, write to Seth McGinn’s, 925 West 6th St., Fremont, NE 68025; call toll-free 877-844-2772; or visit www.cancooker.com.

The Magic Bullet

The Magic Bullet, not only looks sleek and takes up limited space on the kitchen countertop, it’s the ultimate ALL-IN-ONE APPLIANCE. The Magic Bullet chops, dices, grinds, blends, purees and whips, making smoothies, protein shakes, dips, soups, salsas, blended cocktails, mixes, desserts and pasta sauces in just ten seconds or less.  

IT’S COMPACT – No need to store heavy and bulky items like blenders, mixers, juicers and food processors. Magic Bullet takes up limited space on the countertop.

IT’S TAILOR-MADE FOR INDIVIDUAL PORTIONS

IT’S A HEALTH FANATICS DREAM – Not only can it be used to make protein shakes and fruit smoothies, but the set also comes with a juicer attachment so health-conscious people can make homemade fruit or veggie concoctions.

IT’S EASY TO OPERATE – Simply place one of the bullet cups or Party Mugs on to the High Power Torque Base and press – it’s that easy!

IT’S A CINCH TO CLEAN – All parts are dishwasher safe.

IT’S THE ULTIMATE ALL-IN-ONE APPLIANCE – This versatile appliance does the same jobs that a blender, food processor, juicer, mixer, and knife do – in a quarter of the time.

YOU GET A LOT FOR A LITTLE – The 21-piece set includes two blades, tall and short bullet cups, Bullet Juicer attachment, four party mugs, shaker/steamer tops, and a 10-second recipe book with more than 100 healthy recipes, including scores of tips and tricks… all for $59.99. If you bought all of the appliances separately that the Magic Bullet replaces, you would spend hundreds of dollars. 

The Magic Bullet set retails for just $59.99 and is available nationally at all major retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Bed Bath & Beyond, Linens N’Things and Kohl’s. The Magic Bullet is also available at www.buythebullet.com, where for $99.99 the purchaser gets twocomplete Magic Bullet systems (both are 21 piece sets and come with a juicer).

The blender's enclosed booklet – offers helpful tips – for instance, you will use the CROSS blade for most functions, EXCEPT for whipping (cream, butter) or grinding hard items (like coffee beans or spices). 

FoodSaver GameSaver® Turbo Ideal Accessory for Sportsmen -- and Everyone

Most outdoor enthusiasts are familiar with the FoodSaver GameSaver® line of vacuum packaging appliances that allow hunters and fishermen to package and preserve game and fish quickly and easily.  Now the top-of-the-line GameSaver Turbo vacuum packaging appliance has been upgraded for even better performance and ease of use.

The GameSaver Turbo now features a digital seal level display and an extra wide sealing strip for added assurance that each package is properly sealed. The upgraded Turbo also includes PulseVacTM feature and a touch pad control panel that makes the appliance easier to control and even more user friendly.

With two vacuum pumps instead of one, the GameSaver Turbo is designed for speedier, heavy-duty use. With the additional vacuum pump and heavy-duty extra wide sealing strip, the GameSaver Turbo can quickly seal up to 50 consecutive packages, whether it’s venison, fish filets, changes of clothes or first aid kits. Perfect for use at home or during the trip, the GameSaver Turbo makes vacuum packaging food and other supplies quick and easy, and the foods will last up to five times longer.

The GameSaver Turbo offers all of the features the serious user needs, like a dishwasher-safe drip tray that can be removed for easy cleaning after packaging meats and moist foods. There is a built-in roll storage and cutter that will hold 11-inch wide FoodSaver® Vacuum Packaging Rolls so it’s convenient to make custom bags of any length. A five-level Seal Control lets the user adjust the length of the sealing process to ensure that all foods are properly and completely sealed.

The GameSaver Turbo is fully automatic and will draw a vacuum and seal the package with just the touch of one button. Prime cuts of meat or fresh game can be packaged whole or prepared in meal-sized portions. The compact, finished packages can be easily marked with the date, description and weight, all with no mess.

FoodSaver® Bags and Rolls are and made with a multi-layer durable plastic construction with a nylon outer layer.  They are strong and resist puncturing, so the vacuum remains intact, and your food stays fresh for up to five times longer.  The bags are great for preparing meal-size portion of any prepared foods.  To reheat, the food can be simmered or microwaved in the bags making it easy to prepare and clean up afterwards.           

Another convenient feature is the Accessory Port that lets users vacuum pack food and supplies in cans, jars, bottles and FoodSaver® Vacuum Packaging canisters.

The GameSaver Turbo is ready to use right out of the box. Each appliance comes with a starter kit that contains two FoodSaver Rolls (8 in. x 10 ft. and 11 in. x 10ft.), FoodSaver Bags (five quart size and five gallon size), an accessory hose with hose storage and QuickStart and Reference Guides. GameSaver Turbo is available in white, is UL listed and carries a one-year warranty.

The GameSaver series of vacuum-packaging appliances are available from sporting goods retailers, in sporting goods catalogs and from many Web-based retailers.

For more information on the FoodSaver® brand appliances and the many uses of home vacuum packaging, contact Ashley Rainer at (800) 248-9687. Consumer information is available online at www.foodsaver.com.

DRINK REVIEWS

UPTIME’s Streamlined Energy Formula Fuels Greatness

It can strike as an afternoon slump at the office, pre-workout motivation drain, or the day after effects of an all-nighter. Energy depletion is a chronic problem in today’s fast paced world where e-mails never stop flooding in, but social lives, relationships, gym sessions, and down time still need to be packed into the day. Rather than reaching for a coffee, soda or synthetic energy drink that will only provide a short-lived jumpstart, there is a beverage being reintroduced called UPTIME that only contains carefully selected, premium ingredients for balanced energy.  

UPTIME is formulated to provide an invigorating combination of ingredients to boost energy, increase production, and sharpen mental clarity and focus. One of the most non-invasive energy drinks on the market, UPTIME contains a mere 484mg of active ingredients. Other major energy drink brands have anywhere from 1600mg to over 7000mg of active ingredients.

UPTIME’s streamlined ingredients help avoid sudden energy bursts, shakes, jitters, and crashes that can be brought on by other beverages. UPTIME provides a balanced energy boost with 142mg of caffeine, about the same amount as a cup of coffee, as well as powerful nutrients such as calcium, Vitamin C and potassium to help support overall health and other natural ingredients including Ginseng, gingko biloba and coenzyme Q10.

Available sweetened with cane sugar or sugar-free, UPTIME blends together the clean tasting citrus flavors of lemon, lime and orange and has light carbonation. The clear beverage is packaged in a sleek, single-serve, 12-ounce aluminum bottle with a re-sealable twist cap.

UPTIME beverages are available at retailers throughout Southern California including convenient stores, natural food and health stores. UPTIME will be available in more locations nationwide later this year. For more information and online ordering, visit www.uptime.energy.

About UPTIME

Born in Santa Barbara over 30 years ago and deeply infused with the essence of an active California lifestyle, UPTIME has been the energy supplement choice for people with demanding lifestyles. Professional athletes, doctors, college students, corporate executives, busy moms and many others who need the energy to meet the demands of their days all use UPTIME. UPTIME’s unique blend of ingredients provides much needed energy and focus without unwanted side effects. UPTIME is produced by UPTIME Energy Inc.

R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere of “Swamp People” Endorse Mossy Oak Pursuit Energy

Mossy Oak Pursuit Energy has announced a 1-year endorsement deal with father-son duo R. J. and Jay Paul Molinere of “Swamp People” on the History Channel. As the energy drink that labels itself as “The Thrill of the Hunt, Canned,” having these rugged hunters on board who tackle alligators for a living represents a major step forward for the new brand.

“This is a partnership that makes perfect sense for both of us,” said Mossy Oak Pursuit Energy Founder and CEO Dominick Voso. “We set out to make an energy drink for folks who get up early and need something that’ll last them right through to the last tag of the day. R.J. and Jay Paul do that on each hunt and we’re thrilled they love the product.” “It’s about being prepared. Your lines, your ammo your hooks, they’re all useless if you don’t have energy,” said R.J. Molinere. “Mossy Oak Pursuit Energy drinks taste good and give us that energy we need to keep the hunt going. We’re happy to help them spread the word.”

As celebrity endorsers, the Molineres will promote Mossy Oak Pursuit Energy through marketing materials and to legions of followers on major social media platforms. Additionally, fans will have a chance to see these guys interact with them and the product at outdoors events throughout the United States.

For more information on Mossy Oak Pursuit Energy, visit www.mossyoakpursuitenergy.com or call 1-888-606-3353.

Mossy Oak Pursuit Energy Drinks Adds New Flavors

Mossy Oak Pursuit Energy has announced that two new flavors are joining the Original flavor, which are all available across the U.S. in three new cans. Now outdoor enthusiasts have three smooth, delicious energy sources to keep them sharp and focused for hunting, fishing, and anything else they love doing outside.

The new Orange flavor features a full, fizzy and light orange flavor that’s not too sweet. The Citrus Berry All Zero brings a pleasing flavor blend of berries and citrus with zero sugar, calories or carbs.

“Mossy Oak Pursuit Energy is excited to be a delicious source of energy for our customers who love the great outdoors.” said Mossy Oak Pursuit Energy Founder and CEO Dominick Voso, “We’re thrilled to add Orange and Citrus Berry All Zero to the Original flavor people love.”
Mossy Oak Pursuit Energy’s new cans feature Mossy Oak camouflage patterns along with a prominent flavor band, so that energy drinkers can find their favorite taste fast.

For more information on Mossy Oak Pursuit Energy, visit www.mossyoakpursuitenergy.com or call 1-888-606-3353.

Mossy Oak Pursuit Energy is an officially licensed partner of Haas Outdoors Inc. Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., was established in 1986 and is home of Mossy Oak (www.mossyoak.com). Mossy Oak specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoorsmen. Mossy Oak patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the outdoor industry leader in modern camouflage design, international licensing and marketing. Haas Outdoors Inc. markets its services and products under widely recognized brands including: Mossy Oak, BioLogic, Mossy Oak Productions, MOOSE Media, Nativ Nurseries, GameKeepers and Mossy Oak Properties.

For more information contact Dominick Voso at Mossy Oak Pursuit Energy; 888-606-3353

Winery Owners Design new Re-Usable Cap to Prevent Vino spills.

There's no need to exert yourself trying to fit a cork back into a bottle. . .Not when you have a CapaBunga® silicone re-usuable cap on hand to prevent vino spills. After spending more than twenty years in the wine industry, husband and wife wine making team, Walt Averill and Máire Murphy have popped their fair share of corks on a variety of vintages. But, no matter how many years passed by and how many glasses of wine were sampled, getting the cork back into a bottle never got any easier. When the time came to design the bottle for their own special blend of grapes, Walt and Máire created the first reusable wine bottle cap, CapaBunga.

Made from food-grade silicone and available in a variety of colors imprinted with kitschy phrases like “Retox”, “Me Time” and “In Case of Emergency Remove Cap”, the CapaBunga is easily used to reseal a bottle of wine after you remove the cork. In fact, it is made to resemble the bungs used to seal barrels during winemaking. To use CapaBunga, simply place it over the mouth of your wine bottle and gently press it into place. Instantly, your wine is safely sealed eliminating the potential for accidental spills between glasses. CapaBunga also makes it easier to store opened bottles of wine. Lay a bottle of wine on its side in your wine rack or refrigerator, and avoid ever again having to rearrange all the contents just to squeeze a bottle into a door or on a shelf that is tall enough to fit the cork.

Used in fine restaurants and at wineries across the country, CapaBunga is the ideal alternative instead of trying to jam a cork back into a partially consumed bottle. And, you will no longer have to worry about pieces of cork falling into your wine. 

CapaBunga 2-packs retail for $7.95 and can be purchased at www.capabunga.com.

About CapaBunga®

Winery owners, Walt and Máire Averill bottle their own special blend, Rua (the Gaelic word for red), in Northern California’s Wine Country. Awarded 92 points by Wine Spectator for their most recent vintage, Rua was the inspiration behind the invention of CapaBunga. Originally designed to fit the unique shape of the Rua bottle, CapaBunga is now available in a universal fit to reseal any bottle of wine after the cork is removed. CapaBunga can be used to store bottles of wine on their side in the fridge or wine rack, and is powerful enough to prevent a spill even when a bottle is turned upside down. CapaBunga is used in fine restaurants and wineries across the country.

Liquid Products - Wine & More

BAREFOOT BUBBLY

Barefoot Bubbly -- Great Champagne for Under $10

Well, I've tried lots of champagne - from a couple of dollars a bottle to over $100 a bottle --- and have reached the conclusion that the Barefoot Bubbly wines - for under $10 -- are certainly a good bet AND a great taste.

The company's Brut Chardonnay Champagne has the wonderful aroma of green apples and jasmine and is delightful. The Brut Cuvee Chardonnay Champagne from California - made by Barefoot Cellers and features aromas of green apples and tropical fruit is great paired with such treats as sweet cakes or pastries, a variety of cheeses, crackers, simple appetizers, and even spicy dishes- was named the winner of the M. Shanken "Hot Brand" Award for 2004.

Barefoot's line of wines include the fruit-forward varietals that are easy-to-enjoy and affordably priced, including Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sanvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, and White Zinfandel. Wines retail for $5.99 (750 ML) and $10.99 (1.5L).

The Barefoot Bubbly sparkling Chardonnay comes in two styles: Brut Cuvee (dry) and Premium Extra Dry (slightly sweet), and retails for $9.99 a bottle.

Barefoot Bubbly is available nationwide and can be found in playful, colorful cases and bottles bearing its iconic footprint label. For more information on Barefoot Bubbly, call 800-750-8828 or check web site www.barefootwine.com

Barefoot Wines' New Single-Serve Mini-Bottles

Barefoot® wines are now available by the glass! Pack your picnic basket with the new single-serve wines and while on the grass, a log, or on a hammock, savor a glass of Barefoot Chardonnay from a mini-bottle. Or, try the Barefoot White Zinfandel. These mini-bottles come packed in a four-pack carrying case. Or perhaps you'd first like to try the single-serve Barefoot Merlot with your burgers. Pinot Grigio also comes in a single-serve bottle now. What a terrific way to see which you like best - but most likely, you'll love all of them.

Available nationwide at wine stores or local groceries.

Barefoot Wine Beach Fun Facts

Barefoot Activity -------------------------------------Calories per Hour

Reading ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 21

Sunbathing --------------------------------------------------------------------- 55

Surfing Lessons ---------------------------------------------------------------- 211

Sea Kayaking ------------------------------------------------------------------- 282

Snorkeling --------------------------------------------------------------------- 352

Swimming in the Ocean -------------------------------------------------------353

Playing Beach Soccer --------------------------------------------------------- 423

Scuba Diving ------------------------------------------------------------------- 423

Playing Beach Volleyball ------------------------------------------------------563

One of the best beach workouts? --- A 2-hour beach clean-up can help burn up to 550 calories!

To learn how you can help lend a hand (or foot) and clean-up America's beaches this summer, visit www.barefootwine.com/beachesrescue.

BOMBILLA & GOURD MATE

Yerba Mate

What’s the latest in health and wellness beverages? Not green tea -- but yerba matè. In South America, yerba matè has been revered for centuries as the “drink of the gods” and is drunk daily for optimum health, sustained energy and mental clarity.  Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world: yerba mate, coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa, and guarana, yerba mate triumphs as nature's most balanced stimulant, delivering both energy and nutrition.  The leaves of the rainforest mate tree naturally contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants. In fact, The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 concluded "it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to mate in nutritional value" and that yerba mate contains "practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life."

Known worldwide for its incomparable nutritional benefits, yerba matè has 90% more antioxidants than green tea and provides sustenance with 25 vitamins and minerals and 15 amino acids. With slightly less caffeine than a cup of java, matè contains theobromine and theophyline, which offers a “calm energy” to stimulate the mind and relax the body, without the crash of coffee consumption.

Uniquely grown it its native forest environment, Guayaki Yerba Mate is cherished as a sacred beverage. Like high quality coffee, high quality mate is shade-grown, in the rich ecosystem of the rainforest; delivering more flavor and nutritional value.

Traditional Use ~ Gourd Ceremony
A special ceremony has been developed over the centuries for drinking yerba mate. Custom has it that a hollowed out gourd is filled with the leaves of the yerba mate tree. The gourd is then filled with hot water repeatedly and shared in a ceremony.

Yerba Mate vs. Green Tea
South America's yerba mate and Asia's green tea are two of nature's most treasured, health-giving daily rituals.

Available in various flavors, it also comes, besides the bottles, in bulk, one pound bags, is 100% organic and rainforest-grown. It's ideal for use in a French press, coffee maker or espresso machine. One pound of loose-leaf mate makes approximately 100 cups of mate and sells for $12. Mate Chai Latte Concentrate, also 100% organic, makes perfect lattes every time when mixed 1:1 with milk, heated or poured over ice -- sold for $4.99.

This product is available at supermarkets, drugstores and online from Bombilla & Gourd.

HINT WATER

“Drink Water, Not Sugar” is the Hint, Inc. slogan for Hint Water. This product does not contain sweeteners, preservatives, or calories – just all-natural flavors with a clean, refreshing taste. Available flavors include cucumber, strawberry kiwi, tropical punch, mango grapefruit, pomegranate-tangerine, lime, raspberry-lime, peppermint, and pear – with additional flavors available in the near future.

Hint Water  is available in many specialty markets, fine spas,  hotels, or can be delivered to your door.. A case of 24 in one or a mix of flavors is $44. For more information on purchasing Hint,  contact Hint toll free at 1-866-895-HINT or e-mail questions@drinkhint.com.

Hint Water Launches "Drink Water, Not Sugar" Campaign to Deliver Healthy Refreshment Across North America

Hint Inc. is expanding distribution of its simple health message and its award winning Hint Water throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.Against a backdrop of sodas and fruit punches re-deployed as “energy drinks” and “vitamin waters,” arrives San Francisco mother of four Kara Goldin with a simple solution – water that just tastes better.tm

Selected as “Best Flavored Water” by Health Magazine, Hint Water is light, refreshing and never sweet. Natural essences infused into pure water deliver on the promise of Hint’s outstanding packaging – refreshing great taste without all the junk. In search of a healthier lifestyle, Goldin asked herself why all the so-called “water beverages” were loaded with calories, artificial sweeteners or preservatives.  “I looked at all the labels and said ‘Who needs that junk?’  So, with the help of a few friends and my husband Theo, I set out to change the food environment.  Our first product, Hint Water was inspired by a family favorite – ice cold water with a slice of fresh fruit.  The trick was figuring out how to deliver that experience on the go, in a variety of flavors, without adding preservatives, calories, juice or any other junk.”

In today’s fast-paced environment, Americans both young and old struggle with obesity, diabetes and heart disease in record numbers.  The food and beverage giants, and many smaller companies, have taken advantage of their desire for healthier choices by doing something remarkable – they have adopted the language of the healthy lifestyle while delivering products that offer little to change the situation.  Whether the label says sugar, fructose, fruit juice or sucralose, the intent is to deliver the same sweet taste that has been marketed for the past several decades.

But real choices are finally emerging and Americans are responding to them.  Hint offers nine thirst quenching flavors that deliver pure refreshment without the sugary aftertaste.  Recognized for its leadership by Health, Prevention, BottledWaterWorld and many others, Hint Inc. continues its mission to change the food environment.

Hint is available in Mango-Grapefruit, Pomegranate-Tangerine, Lime, Raspberry-Lime, Peppermint, Pear, Tropical Punch, Cucumber and Strawberry Kiwi, with seasonal fan favorites appearing from time to time. Each 16 ounce bottle is $1.79, with 24-bottle cases available for $44.00. Hint can be found in fine grocery stores and retailers all over the United States. www.drinkhint.com

METROMINT

Metromint - Pure, Simple and Most Refreshing New Water Drink

Bottled water consumption has tripled since 1981, and it is the fastest growing market segment in the United States beverage industry. Soon, it may even surpass beer, milk, and coffee to become the second best-selling beverage after carbonated soft drinks.

The fastest growing bottled water in the natural food channel now is Metromint. . . a pure mint water that brings a unique cooling sensation to pure water. I tried this drink and it relieved my thirst, and as the company promises, I felt a "soothing effect." Metromint contains no sweeteners, no calories, no preservatives -- nothing but all natural ingredients and a surprisingly vibrant taste.

To make this great-tasting product, the company starts with real mint that is pesticide-free and grown in Washington State's Yakima Valley. It is then distilled in a double-distillation process that steams the leaves until it reaches the true essence of the mint, is tested for taste, and then tested again for purity. Water is then pumped from the Sierra Nevada and filtered to the highest degree of purity using reverse-osmosis -- thus leaving all the good ingredients while filtering out the bad, including salts, impurities, and particles as small as an ion. What's left is simply the refreshing taste of the mint.

The benefits of drinking Metromint pure water is that this refreshing drink, containing natural menthol, freshens the breath and can clear congestion related to colds and allergies. As noted by the company, "Enjoyed before a meal, mint increases the flow of digestive juices. After dinner, it soothes the lining of the digestive tract. Pregnant women with upset stomachs and morning sickness report Metromint's calming, all natural benefits.

Used as a curative for centuries, the Romans relied on mint for headaches; Native Americans believe it strengthens the spirt and mind; and in the Middle East, mint is used to clear the air in temples and homes.

Available in original Peppermint, subtle Spearmint, and two new varieties -- tangy Lemonmint and citrusy Orangemint -- the bottles are recyclable -- in standard with the company's 'green' policy.

Try it chilled and you'll find a cooling sensation from reeal mint that stimulates the nerves and opens the senses.

For more information check web site www.metromint.com

POLAR SELTZER

If you tried Polar Seltzer this past summer (2012), you probably enjoyed one or more of the special limited edition summer flavors, which included Mint Mojito, Ginger Lemonade, Pinapple Passionfruit, Pina Colada and Orange Mango. Not only were these flavors delicious, but they contained no sodium, sugar or calories. . . . and were the perfect hoice for healthy hydration, or the base for cocktails and mocktails!

Now it's time to enjoy Polar Seltzer's Fall flavors!

Whether you're looking to mix up some tasty apple cider cocktails to impress company, to warm up on a chilly day or serve as a special beverage at your Halloween or Thanksgiving celebration, Polar Seltzer (www.PolarSeltzer.com) provides signature alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage recipes that will be sure to remind you of days spent in New England!

Polar Seltzer’s Limited Edition Granny Smith Apple is a healthy alternative offering zero calories, zero sodium, zero sugar and zero carbs! Please let me know if I can send you samples for potential coverage. Below, please find guilt free mocktail + cocktail recipes!

Apple Harvest Shandy
Hard apple cider (try to find a local brand)
Polar Granny Smith Apple

Make certain that all your liquids are cold. In a pint glass, mix equal parts cider and Seltzer.

SALTY APPLE
Inspired by the classic “dirty” martini this chic update adds a touch of sparkling sweetness.
1.5 oz apple vodka
0.5 oz apple schnapps
Olive juice
Polar® Granny Smith Apple Seltzer
Crushed ice
Classic pimento olives as garnish

Combine all ingredients, except the seltzer, in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice to chill, then add Polar® Seltzer and gently swirl and strain. Top with generous amount of seltzer. Garnish with olives.

 REDWOOD CREEK® WINES

Redwood Creek® is a proud sponsor of The Explorers Club—a nonprofit educational society dedicated to preserving the instinct to explore—serving as a gathering place for explorers and field scientists worldwide since 1904.  Past and present members include many of history’s most distinguished explorers, including the first to the North Pole, the first to the South Pole, the first to the summit of Mount Everest and the first to walk on the moon.

Redwood Creek wines embody the adventurous spirit of California.  Dennison has crafted this portfolio of seven food-friendly, single-varietal wines to consistently deliver outstanding quality at an attractive price. Redwood Creek wines are available at retailers nationwide at a suggested retail price ranging from $6.99 to $9.99.

While Redwood Creek wines and The Explorers Club encourage exploration, safety is always a priority. During the Culinary Revivals event series, an accredited food expert will lead attendees through the tasting.  Attendees are discouraged from attempting to prepare more exotic items on their own, without consulting a professional. All menu items served during these events are obtained from organic and certified purveyors.

Redwood Creek® Portfolio of Wines

Redwood Creek wines embody the adventurous spirit of California. Winemaker Cal Dennison has crafted this portfolio of seven food-friendly, single-varietal wines to consistently deliver outstanding quality at an attractive price. Redwood Creek wines are available at retailers nationwide at a suggested retail price ranging from $6.99 to $9.99 for a 750-ml. bottle. The wines are also available in 1.5-liter bottles.

Redwood Creek 2006 Pinot Grigio

Product Description:  This light-bodied Pinot Grigio maintains an excellent balance of fresh floral aromas with notes of melons, ripe peaches and limes; followed by a pleasant, crisp finish.

Usage:   Pairs well with the fresh catch of the day, such as salmon, whitefish or lake trout. Grilled lakeside cuisines bring out the wine’s fresh and lively taste.

Redwood Creek 2006 Sauvignon Blanc

Product Description: The Sauvignon Blanc is a refreshing, medium-bodied wine with bright aromas and flavors of cantaloupe, fig and lemon zest; accented by a crisp, clean finish.

Usage:  Pairs well with foods that can be enjoyed by the sea, such as a beachside clambake and lobster boil.  The wine will taste sweeter with a side of freshly picked greens, such as spinach or broccoli.

Redwood Creek 2006 Chardonnay

Product Description:  The medium-bodied Chardonnay has flavorful notes of fresh pear, mandarin orange and dried pineapple, with hints of cinnamon and clove, followed by a soft, smooth finish.

Usage Explore the Chardonnay with friends at an outdoor picnic.  This wine pairs well with roasted duck, white bean salad or chicken couscous.

Redwood Creek 2005 Pinot Noir

Product Description:              This medium-bodied Pinot Noir has ripe flavors of blackberry and black cherry, enhanced by a velvety, smooth finish.

Usage: The subtleties in this food-friendly Pinot Noir will accentuate the earthiness of wild mushrooms, vegetables like eggplant and vegetarian dishes emphasized by hard or savory cheeses.

Redwood Creek 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Product Description: This Cabernet Sauvignon has a round body that combines flavors of fresh blueberries and black cherries that are accentuated by brown spice, mocha and hints of vanilla.

Usage:            A bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon is an ideal backpacking companion.  Enjoy it with a hearty lamb or beef stew, and then finish with a chocolate-dipped s’more treat.

Redwood Creek 2006 Merlot

Product Description: The medium-bodied Merlot exhibits deep satisfying flavors of ripe plum and chocolate with notes of vanilla.

Usage:  The most versatile of the reds, the Merlot pairs well with virtually all types of cuisines.  If hosting an outdoor barbecue, a glass of Merlot will complement barbecued beef, grilled salmon or chicken kebabs.

SCHECKTER'S

Scheckter's OrganicEnergy

According to the company, this is the world's first 100% all natural, vegetarian-approved, organic energy drink. Launched nationally at Whole Foods, Target and many more regional stores, Scheckter's OrganicEnergy offers a different energy experience, swapping the artificial ingredients of its competitors for a first-rate natural formula -- free of synthetic caffeine, artificial sweeteners, colorants, flavorings and preservatives - and after tasting it, I'm completely sold - because it tastes VERY GOOD.

SNAP Infusion

Another Scheckter's product is SNAP Infusion. This, according to the company, is the world's first SUPERCANDY. Available in five varieties, including Gum, Gummy, Bean, Caramel, and Tarts, SUPERCANDY is a healthier alternative for snacks. Where NIKE meets Willy Wonka, each variety is infused with Vitamin B for energy, antioxidants for protection, and electrolytes for balance. SNAP infursion's line is essential, says the company, for those living an active lifestyl;e, training for a marathon, or taking a break from a sporting event.

Sold in health food and sporting goods shops. For more information check web site www.schecktersorganic.com/

267 INFUSIONS --- COCKTAILS WITHOUT COMPROMISE --

You take care of yourself (or at least you try!). You do yoga, or maybe strip aerobics. You drink water (lots of it) and REAL juice, not sweetened kids' drinks. You go out of your way to eat healthy, organic when possible. So when it comes time to kick off your heals and relax, why would you let cocktails filled with preservatives, chemicals and synthetic flavorings defile that temple body of yours???

267 Infusions is the answer to your prayers.

These are the first, 100% natural, fruit-infused (not flavored) ultra-premium spirits: rums, vodkas and tequilas. Created by a woman (naturally), 267 Infusions can help you feel good...and you can feel good about them, in return. Cranberry Vodka Infusion. Mango Rum Infusion. Chili Pepper Tequila Infusion. Eight delectable 267 Infusions in all.

267 Infusions marry perfectly ripened fruits from both sides of the equator with award-winning spirits - five-times distilled grain vodkas, triple-distilled platinum blue agave tequilas and plantation sugar cane virgin rums. The result: vibrant fruit suspended in a gorgeous bottle that tastes as good as it looks. And it looks GOOD…eminently worthy of display to your hardest-to-impress guests.

What could be better? How about taking the pressure off when it comes to bartending?! With 267 Infusions, you just chill and pour into your finest martini glasses…voila, never was there a better mixologist than you. So when it comes time to imbibe, just reach for the 267 Infusions. The hardest part is deciding which one to have.

267 Infusions are available at liquor stores and fine markets everywhere. For more information check web site www. 267. com

FOOD REVIEWS

NEWS

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Dinner Tonight! A statewide program that provides easy, healthful recipes; promotes family mealtime

Fire Safety When Cooking Outdoors

ENVIRO-LOG Offers Safety Tips to Help You Avoid Outdoor Cooking Accidents

As the days grow longer and the weather warms, activities are moving outdoors, including cooking. To keep those meals from going up in smoke, or worse, Enviro-Log®, Inc., a leader in eco-friendly products for home heating and outdoor activities, offers safety tips to help you avoid outdoor cooking accidents.

Grilling has become more popular than ever. The number of barbecue grills and smokers shipped to North American stores increased 41 percent from 1992 to more than 14 million units in 2012, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA). With an increasing number of people using grills, many of whom may be inexperienced, there’s a greater risk for accidents that can result in serious injury or property damage.

“Cooking outdoors has its risks, but they can be reduced by taking the right precautions and following safety procedures,” said Ross McRoy, president of Enviro-Log. “We urge people not to wait until after an accident has already happened to think about grilling safety. Please consider the following safety tips to help you avoid outdoor cooking accidents.”

Safety first. Never leave your grill or fire unattended and be sure to keep children and pets away from the fire and cooking area. Have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.

Read the Manual.  Not all grills are the same. Always read instruction manuals and consult the manufacturer about the proper use of your grill, firepit, or chiminea before use.

Select the proper location. The National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) said grills are the cause of 3,600 structure fires every year. Grills, fire pits, and chimineas should only be used outdoors and never in a trailer, tent, house, garage, covered porch or any enclosed area. They should be positioned at least 10 feet away from your house. In addition to creating a fire hazard, operating a grill, firepit or chiminea in an enclosed area can lead to the accumulation of carbon monoxide.

Stay out of the wind. Never operate your grill, firepit or chiminea in high winds. High winds can significantly increase the risk of flames spreading to nearby structures including your home.

Charcoal grills.  Never add lighter fluid or any other flammable liquids to a charcoal grill that has been lit. Doing so can result in flare ups that can travel several feet. Consider alternative firestarter products that offer a preselected start that can easily be extinguished. Always let your charcoal cool completely before moving your grill or leaving it unattended. When you are finished grilling, douse the coals or soak them in water before disposing them in a metal container.

Propane and natural gas grills.  The NFPA reported that five out of every six grill fires involve gas grills. To reduce the risk, always check for gas leaks every time you disconnect and reconnect the regulator to your propane tank. Never attach or disconnect a propane tank, or move or alter gas fittings when the grill is in operation or is hot. Never use a propane tank if it contains bulges, dents, gouges, corrosion, rust or other forms of visual external damage. Clean and perform general maintenance on your propane or natural gas grill twice a year. Always turn off the gas at the source (tank or supply line) prior to inspecting parts. Visually inspect hoses for abrasion, wear and leaks before each use. When lighting a gas grill, always keep the lid open to prevent a flash-off from gas build-up. Almost a third of gas grill injuries happen when the grill is being lit, according to the NFPA. Do not lean over the grill when igniting the burners or cooking. If the gas grill does not ignite on the first try, HPBA advises waiting five minutes for the gas to clear before trying again.

Campfires.  The U.S. Forest Service recommends using existing firepits and fire rings at campsites. Always follow your campsite fire guidelines. Never build a fire in hazardous, windy, or dry conditions, and keep campfires at least 15 feet away from tents, shrubs, trees (and low-hanging branches) and other flammable objects. Have a bucket of water and shovel nearby. Never cut branches from live trees, and only use material that is approved for use by your campsite. When finished with a campfire, be sure it is fully extinguished before abandoning it. Dousing it with water is preferred, but dirt and sand can also be used to mix up the embers until they are cooled.

For additional information on outdoor cooking and fire safety, please visit the following resources:
· www.nfpa.org – National Fire Protection Association Web site
· www.fs.fed.us – United States Forest Service Web site

About Enviro-Log, Inc. 
Enviro-Log® is an eco-friendly, consumer products and recycling company headquartered in Fitzgerald, Ga. Enviro-Log is the largest waxed cardboard recycler in North America and the third largest producer of manufactured firelogs in the U.S. Its firelogs are made of 100 percent recycled materials and burn cleaner than wood while providing 50 percent more heat per pound.  Enviro-Log Firelogs can be purchased at select national retail locations including Home Depot, Kmart, Lowes, True Value, Rite Aid, Sears, Whole Foods, Walmart, Shaw’s, select Ace Hardware, Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, Fresh Market, Harris Teeter, Weis Markets, Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Blain’s Farm & Fleet and many regional retailers throughout the U.S. Enviro-Log Firelogs are also available in Canada at Lowe’s, Walmart, Target and Canadian Tire locations. Made from 100 percent recycled eco-friendly wax, Enviro-Log Firestarters offer an alternative to kindling, petroleum-based starter blocks, lighter fluids, and ethanol-based gels. Enviro-Log Firestarters are available at select retail locations throughout the United States, including Ace Hardware, Lowe’s Home Improvement stores nationwide, Rite Aid, The Home Depot (Eastern Regions) and many regional grocery and hardware retailers such as Weis Markets, Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. More information on Enviro-Log can be found at www.enviro-log.net or by calling (866)343-6847. Retailers can also send an email to sales@enviro-log.net. You can also follow Enviro-Log on Facebook® at <www.Facebook.com/Envirolog, or Twitter at twitter.com/EnviroLogFire for tips and product giveaways.

Enviro-Log is a registered trademark of Enviro-Log, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are properties of their respective companies.

Ever want to make an outdoor barbecue using a safe product? Then try the Enviro-Log.

Enviro-Log®, Inc., an eco-friendly, consumer products and recycling company known for the greenest, most versatile firelogs on the market, offers 5 -pound firelogs that are safe for fireplaces, fireplace inserets, woodstoves, chimineas and campfires

Enviro-Logs are made from 100 percent recycled waxed cardboard, typically used to transport fruits and vegetables to produce processors, grocery stores and restaurants, to manufacture its earth-friendly firelogs. When compared to firewood, Enviro-Log Firelogs burn cleaner, have no added petroleum products, are perfect for outdoor cooking, are easy to light and very convenient, give off 50% more heat than wood, put out big, tall flames, burn cleaner than wood, emit 86% less creosote, 80% less carbon monoxide, and 30% ess emissions. It's also safe to burn two firelogs at a time.

I tried Enviro-Logs in my chiminea and loved the way they burned and also the heat emitted. They continued to burn despite the freezing temperature outside and the damp conditions in my back yard due to the recent snowfall and snowflakes! An Enviro-Log gives 50% more heat than wood. Next I plan to try them in my living room fireplace and know I won't have the usual odor and soot from regular fire logs.

Easy to store and usable in all weather conditions, they're even safe to cook over. I soon realized that I can take them when outdoor tailgating or for cookout events. The ash from Enviro-Log firelogs can even be used as fertilizer or potting soil. What I also loved about these logs is that they're wrapped in a heavy brown paper and all I had to do was place it, as is, and not get my hands dirty while starting the fire. I didn't have to keep moving regular logs together as the Enviro-Log burned beautifully with gorgeous flames.

Now available individually or in cartons of 6 Five lb. firelogs or 9 in a carton at local hardware stores, supermarkets, farm stores, Walmart, Sears and other stores.

NOTE: Please be sure you use the proper lighting techniques with your Enviro-Log Firelog for maximum efficiency: Place the firelog with the seam face-up. Tear off the long seam down the length of the firelog, tuck the edges to the side and light the ends of the wrapper. This helps release the firelog wrapper properly, allowing the wrapper to flame up and help start the firelog.  You can add a little paper beneath the firelog as needed.  If you have proper fireplace tools, sometimes placing one end on the back of the grate with the wrapper released as explained helps the fire run up the firelog and get started; you can then reposition the firelog in the grate.

About Envio-Log® Inc.

Enviro-Log® is an eco-friendly, consumer products and recycling company headquartered in Fitzgerald, Ga. Enviro-Log is the largest waxed cardboard recycler in North America and the third largest producer of manufactured firelogs in the U.S. Its firelogs are made of 100 percent recycled materials and burn cleaner than wood while providing 50 percent more heat per pound. Enviro-Log Firelogs can be purchased at select national retail locations including Home Depot, Kmart, Lowes, True Value, Rite Aid, Sears, Whole Foods, Walmart, Family Dollar, Dollar General, Shaw’s, select Ace Hardware, Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, Fresh Market, Harris Teeter, Weis Markets, Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Blain’s Farm & Fleet and many regional retailers throughout the U.S. Enviro-Log Firelogs are also available in Canada at Lowe’s, Walmart, Target and Canadian Tire locations. Made from 100 percent recycled eco-friendly wax, Enviro-Log Firestarters offer an alternative to kindling, petroleum- based starter blocks, lighter fluids, and ethanol-based gels. Enviro-Log Firestarters are available at select retail locations throughout the United States, including Ace Hardware, Lowe’s Home Improvement stores nationwide, Rite Aid, The Home Depot (Northeast Region) and many regional grocery and hardware retailers such as Weis Markets, Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. More information on Enviro-Log can be found at www.enviro-log.net or by calling (866)343-6847. Retailers can also send an email to sales@enviro-log.net. You can also follow Enviro-Log on Facebook® at www.Facebook.com/Envirolog, or Twitter at http://twitter.com/EnviroLogFire for tips and product giveaways.
Enviro-Log is a registered trademark of Enviro-Log, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are properties of their respective companies.   

CABOT CHEESE COMPANY

CHEDDAR CHEESE FACTS 

In Vermont, home to some of the best cheeses in the world, folks tend to be quite passionate about cheese. Most Vermonters can tell mild from sharp cheddar with the first taste. At the Cabot Cheese Company, they know almost everything about cheddar cheese—how it’s made, how it’s best served, trends in the cheese market, and what distinguishes the varying degrees of sharpness. They constantly track and analyze industry information and statistics, particularly as they pertain to small cheese companies and naturally aged cheeses.

As a farmer-owned cooperative, Cabot works in partnership not only with the dairy farmers, but also with members of the Vermont dairy industry, the Vermont Cheese Council, and state government agencies including Agriculture and Tourism. Vermont is a small state and one in which the company has the luxury of working very closely with friends and neighbors across many related industries. Cabot is confident in saying that if we don’t have the answer to your question, they know the person who does.

I took one of the Cabot Cheese Company's tour and was absolutely delighted - having had the pleasure of seeing every bit of the operation and tasting every cheese that's made here. 
 
TOP TEN CHEDDAR FACTS
 
1. The Great Cheddar Debate: White vs. Yellow. As legend has it; coloring was originally added to distinguish where a particular cheddar was made. Yellow cheeses derive their color from an additive. Cheddars made in the New England states, including Cabot cheddar made in Cabot, Vermont, traditionally have no color additives therefore retain the natural white color.

2. Why is My Cheese Sweating? It's common for a small amount of moisture to develop inside cheese packaging. In most cases this moisture will be minimal; however, there are circumstances where it may be quite noticeable. In the case of more mature cheeses such as extra sharp cheddars, the proteins in the cheese will give up moisture as they age in a process known as "synerisis". This is a natural consequence of the aging process and does not damage the cheese in any way. Rather it allows the cheese to reach the next stage of maturity, that sharp crumbly texture so many cheese lovers seek. Simply wipe off any excessive moisture, wrap the cheese in fresh plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

3. Degrees of Sharpness. A cheese’s sharpness is determined by the amount of time it has been aged. With naturally aged cheddars, a mild cheddar is generally aged for 2 to 3 months, whereas an extra sharp might be aged for as long as a year or more. Cabot offers several cheddars aged well over one year including Private Stock, aged for at least 16 months and Vintage Choice for at least 2 years.

4. What Distinguishes a "Artisanal" Cheese? Artisinal generally refers to handmade, natural cheeses made with the traditional cheese making techniques.

5. Waxed vs. Waxless. The goal of all cheddar packaging is to keep air out thus eliminating the chance of molding. There are three typical packaging methods for cheddar: the most traditional method is wax, and the other two more modern methods use plastic films and either a vacuum packing or "gas flushing" technique to remove the air before sealing.

6. Wine & Cheese: The Perfect Pair. Ultimately, pairing wine and cheese is a matter of personal taste. In general, however, the flavors of the wine should complement the flavors in the cheese. For example, extra sharp cheddars, blue cheeses and goudas, which all have deep intense flavor, match well with a bold and courageous pinot noir or cabernet while more laid back cheeses such as mild cheddar and goat, pair better with a round, mellow Merlot. A smooth, buttery chardonnay will complement a classic Brie or ambrosial roasted garlic cheddar perfectly.

7. The Lactose Myth. Aged cheeses, such as Cabot’s naturally aged cheddar contain 0 grams of lactose. Contrary to popular belief, unlike many dairy products, cheese in general is extremely low in lactose - most has 1 gram or less per serving - and therefore should not cause any lactose intolerance related symptoms.


8. Serving Tip. Like a fine red wine, cheddar cheese is always best served at room temperature. Allowing the cheese to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving brings out the full flavor and best consistency of the cheese. So take the cheddar out of the fridge at the same time you uncork your wine and they’ll both be ready to go when your guests arrive!


9. Melting. Mild cheddars will melt easily and consistently, however, low-fat cheddars and sharper cheddars will melt well if first shredded or cut into strips and cooked over low heat.


10. Nutrition Points: Most people know that cheddar cheese and other dairy products are naturally high in calcium and protein. Perhaps a lesser-known nutrition fact is that Vitamin D, another critical nutrient for healthy bones, is also found in dairy products. Not only does Vitamin D aid in the body’s absorption of calcium, but it may also affect the mood-lifting brain chemical known as serotonin. 

CALLAWAY CONSUMER PRODUCTS

parent company of Organic Bistro˙ Whole Life Meals announces three entrée additions to the Organic Bistro line. All are single serving frozen meals made with organic ingredients, sustainable seafood and natural poultry. All contain a whole grain pilaf, vegetable and lean protein. .

- Sockeye Salmon cakes with ginger spiced bean medley and confetti pilaf
- Savory Turkey breast with rosemary-mushroom sauce, green beans and lentil-quinoa pilaf
- Pescado Veracruz baked Alaskan Pollock in tomato-red pepper sauce with black bean rice pilaf

Organic Bistro's product development team includes a nutritionist, a naturopathic doctor, and a gourmet chef. Meals are designed to provide delicious, gluten-free, low-glycemic index foods that are high in lean protein, fiber, and omega 3 fats. "We create recipes based on what should be included in a healthful meal, not what should be left out. And using whole food ingredients makes our job easier." Laryn Callaway, founder and CEO says. "One of the reasons many Americans find it difficult to shop and eat healthfully, is the message on 'what's bad this year' changes often. Our message doesn't change and won't change: start with unprocessed ingredients and delicious, healthy meal choices follow." The suggested retail for each meal is $5.99.

Organic Bistro launched their line of healthy Whole Life Meals into test market in Arizona in July 2006. Consumer demand was strong, confirming the growing interest in healthy lifestyle, single serving, prepared meals. Expansion plans are underway to bring the brand to retailers throughout the western US. Organic Bistro Meals are now available through all western region UNFI divisions, Nature's Best in Brea, California and DPI's Rocky Mountain division.

For more information check web site www.theorganicbistro.com

COFFEE

Cerulean Warbler Conservation Coffee Helps Rare Songbird

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has announced that Cerulean Warbler Conservation Coffee is now available for sale to the public. Cerulean Warbler Conservation Coffee is shade grown coffee from plantations in Central Colombia that the Cerulean Warbler - a declining songbird that nests in North America - depends on during the winter. Proceeds from the coffee sales will be used to maintain the shade plantations and an adjacent Cerulean Warbler forest reserve.

“By purchasing this premium coffee today, you are helping traditional coffee cooperatives maintain shade plantations, and preserving habitat for the Cerulean Warbler and other migratory songbirds,” said George Fenwick, President of American Bird Conservancy. 

Shade grown coffee plantations are at risk of being converted to sun coffee and other cash crops, resulting in a loss of forest cover and bird habitat. The loss of these plantations is cited as a reason for the bird’s decline. 

ABC has teamed up with its Colombian partner, Fundacion ProAves, local growers’ cooperative COOPERAN, American Birding Association, and the Thanksgiving Coffee Company to bring this high-quality, shade grown and organic coffee to market. Cerulean Warbler Conservation Coffee can be ordered from <http://www.abcbirds.org/>www.abcbirds.org or by calling 800-648-6491.

“We at ABA have long been involved in the shade grown coffee market with Thanksgiving Coffee and are pleased to now have the opportunity to also work with ABC, Fundacion ProAves, and COOPERAN in a meaningful effort to protect Cerulean Warbler and other songbird habitat in Colombia. Maintaining shade plantations and the forest reserve may be our last real chance to reverse the negative population trends among these birds,” said Richard Payne, President of the American Birding Association.

“The Cerulean Warbler is North America’s fastest declining neotropical migratory songbird - loss and fragmentation of its wintering habitat is a major reason why its population is down 80% since 1966,” said Fenwick. “ABC is working to reverse this trend by bringing shade grown coffee benefiting birds and local communities to market and by raising funds to conserve the warbler across its range.”

For additional information see www.abcbirds.org or in Spanish www.proaves.org

CRISPY GREEN

Crispy Green Freeze-dried Fruit Snacks

Crispy Green offers two lines of freeze-dried fruit snacks that are sure to please the taste buds of young and old alike!.

Crispy Fruit snacks are available in four delicious flavors: Crispy Apples, Crispy Bananas, Crispy Pears and Crispy Pineapples. Each serving of Crispy Fruit is 40 calories or less and are a fun and frightening healthy alternative to sugary Halloween treats for kids and adults alike. It's available is available is single serving bags are the perfect treat for trick-or-treaters and in the handy ’Grab and Go’ 6-PACKs – six single serving bags in one convenient multi-bag. (The MSRP is $1.49 for the .36-ounce single serving size and $7.99 for the 6-PACK.)

Strawberry FruitziO, Crispy Green’s newest product in its new line of freeze-dried fruit snacks is a light, sweet and crunchy snack that kids and adults can enjoy anytime, anywhere. Made with only the finest freeze-dried strawberries – with just a hint of sugar, Strawberry FruitziO is only 100 calories per 25g bag and provides 110% of the daily-recommended amount of vitamin C. (The MSRP for FruitziO is $3.75 for a resealable 25g bag.) All-natural Crispy Fruit and Strawberry FruitziO contain no preservatives (including sulfides), fat, cholesterol or sodium and are peanut/tree nut free, gluten-free, dairy free and certified kosher by Shatz Kosher Services.

Crispy Green has introduced Crispy Bananas - the newest addition to its all-natural, innovative line of Crispy Fruit snack food offerings.

Crispy Bananas are made of 100% high-quality, freeze-dried banana slices – and nothing else.
These kosher-certified, all-natural snacks are dairy and gluten-free and contain no added sugar, preservatives, colors, flavors, fat or cholesterol and are packed with intense fresh fruit flavor, which make them an excellent choice for snacking. Crispy Bananas are available in both a single-serving size and in handy ‘Grab & Go’ 6-PACKs.

The MSRP for Crispy Fruit is $1.49 for the single-serving size and $7.99 for the 6-PACK.

Here are some quick facts about the new Crispy Bananas.

-Each single-serving size of Crispy Bananas (0.53 oz) contains approximately one-large sliced banana and 2 grams of dietary fiber with just 13 total carbohydrates.

-Unlike traditional banana chips, Crispy Bananas are packed with the same natural sweetness, flavor and aroma that you find from fresh, ripe bananas in a light and crunchy taste. 

Try Crispy Bananas for yourself and experience totally guilt-free snacking. We’d be happy to provide you with product samples for your consideration.

For more information about Crispy Green please go to www.crispygreen.com.

Crispy Fruit can be purchased at supermarkets, natural and whole food stores and other fine food stores. To find a retailer near you, please go to the store locator at www.crispygreen.com/where-to-buy.html.

FULLBar Products

FullBites

Inspired by Weight Loss Surgery Principles, FULLBites has come out with Crispy Bold Cheddar naturally flavored Cheese bites. The company notes that the real secret in losing weight is to 'be full and eat less.' Fullbites have high protein, high fiber, pro-meal solution that they say helps you to succed. Fullbites reduce the amount of food your stomach can hold, so if you need a lot less food to feel full. They recommend, to get the most of Fullbites to feel full, that you enjoy Fullbites with 8 oz. of water, wait 30 minutes and eat a reasonable meal. For best results, they suggest making it a habit and use daily with 2 largest meals a day, 6 days a week. Dr. Synder, company spokesperson, offers support via videos, insights, questions answered and more by visiting web site www.fullbites.com.

Fullbites are available in three flavors -- Barbecue, Cheddar and Sour Cream and Onion.

Fullbar Fit

This is the newest product from Fullbar - the company dedicated to the outdoor enthusiast or fitness buff who is looking for energy and fullness without the calories. The bar is double layered with puffed wheat and soy crisp, contains 15 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and is only 180 calories. It comes in three flavors, including Chocolate Peanut Butter Crisp, Toffee Crunch, and Chewie Brownie.

The Fullbar product line is the creation of Dr. Michael A. Snyder, a nationally recognized weight loss surgeon who designed these products to mimic the benefits of weight loss surgery. The approach is simple -- consume one of the five products 30 minutes before a meal or at key craving times to lfill up the top portion of your stomach, and then eat whatever you'd like at meal time. The intake of protein and fiber helps people consume less at their biggest meals, and thus they, according to Dr. Snyder, eat less overall.

Dr. Synder, company spokesperson, offers support via videos, insights, questions answered and more by visiting web site www.fullbites.com.

FUNKY MONKEY SNACKS

With a name like Funky Monkey, how could the snacks not be good? I tasted several varieties and they were, indeed, better than good - they were yummy!

New, Funky Monkey Snacks has introduced all natural freeze-dried fruit in four flavors --

Bananamon (banana and cinnamon

Carnaval Mix (banana, pineapple, apple, papaya and rasins)

Jivealime (pineapple and lime juice)

Purple Funk (banana and acai - pronounced ah-sigh-EE

According to the company, Acai, a berry from the Brazilian rainforest, is considered to be one of nature's true superfoods and is loaded with antioxidants, amino acids, essential omegas, fibers and protein. The snacks are all natural with no added sugar, preservatives, colors, or flavors, are gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, and are certified Kosher-Parve. The four varieities of Funky Monkey Snacks are manufactured in Brazil using tropical fruits freeze-dried at the peak of freshness near the source, removing the handling and ripening challenges associated with importing fruit into the U.S. for processing.

I asked how these unique flavors are derived, and was told that Funky Monkey Snacks uses a proprietary freeze-drying process on whole slices and large pieces of fruit. This process isn't utilized on any other snack available in the U.S. and removes approximately 97 percent of the moisture content of the fruit, providing what I tasted - a crisp, crunchy texture. I figured, with this process, the Snacks are surely healthier and more natural alternative to dried fruit or fruit snacks. . .because this procedure ensures that all the nutrients of fresh fruit and fruit snacks are preserved.

What's great about this product is also the fact that the snacks are portable, take up very little space in your backpack or pocket, and each one ounce ba contains three servings of fruit. I've always had trouble eating fruit, but this product is so good, I'm getting my daily quota of vitamins that are tasty.

Funky Monkey Snacks are available in the produce or snack sections of grocery stores and natural food stores in California and on the West Coast. The recommended retail price is $1.99 - $2.49 for each one-ounce bag.

For more information, check web site www.funkymonkeysnacks.com

GAME GOURMET'S WILD GAME MEALS

Game Gourmet's Great Wild Game Meals Prepared the Easy, Tasty Way! 

The Game Gourmet wild game cooking system offers the sportsman an easy, reliable way to consistently prepare moist, tender, delicious wild game meals, every time!

The brainchild of award-winning chef, John Schumacher, The Game Gourmet consists of four different bake-in-the-bag products that include a simple recipe, all of the spices and a special oven cooking bag.  You simply add the wild game meat, some vegetables and water to the bag and cook it in your oven for 3 hours.  The meat will be moist and tender and without any “gamey” taste.  Choose from: Upland Game, Ducks and Geese, Soups and Stews, and Roasts and Steaks. Each packet offers a basic recipe, plus three additional creative recipes for variety.

No longer will sportsmen have to worry about the family enjoying wild game. Says Chef John, “The Game Gourmet will make the wild game meal you serve to your family your second success.” Says outdoor writer, Gregg Gutschow, “I’ve received a lot of new products to try in my time in the outdoors communications business, and let me just say that the new Game Gourmet cooking packets are my all-time favorites! I immediately tried the Roasts and Steaks packet on a venison roast, and my family was stunned by the exceptional taste. It’s simply the best venison roast I’ve had, ever!”

One Game Gourmet system packet will easily feed a hungry family of four and retails for $6.99. So, don’t bury your wild game in the freezer, serve it to friends and family with confidence with the Game Gourmet.

For more information, please visit www.gamegourmet.com or call Dave Franey at 1-866-403-2477.

GEORGIA PECANS

Get a Boost with Georgia Pecans

 If slimming down and getting healthy are on your resolution list, consider adding more nuts, like Georgia Pecans, to your diet.  Below are three great reasons to include Georgia Pecans to your diet plan: 

1. The AntioxiNUT

Crunchy and delicious, pecans also pack a nutritional punch. Dubbed the “AntioxiNUT”, Georgia Pecans have the highest level of antioxidants among all tree nuts, and are one of the top 20 foods for antioxidant capacity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The antioxidant compounds found naturally in pecans - including vitamin E, ellagic acid and flavonoids, - are believed to help prevent disease-causing oxidation in cells which has been linked to developing heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease, among others.

2. Weight Loss Stabilizer

Georgia Pecans are also a smart option when it comes to weight loss. Clinical research from Harvard University School of Public Health also suggests that as nut consumption increases, body fat and overall weight actually decreases. In the Harvard study, people following a weight-loss diet that contained 35 percent of calories from fat, including pecans, were able to keep weight off longer than people following a traditionally recommended lower fat diet. Nuts are a part of most universally accepted balanced diets, such as the "Mediterranean Diet," which includes fish, poultry, vegetables, fresh and dried fruit, nuts, grains, olives and olive oil.

“Let’s face it, nuts can get a bad rap for being 'fattening',” says Georgia Pecan spokesperson and registered dietitian Carolyn O’Neil. “In reality, Georgia Pecans are good for your health and your waistline. They're not only high in protein, but also in oleic acid, the same type of healthy fat found in olive oil. Enjoying a few as a nutritious snack can help keep hunger at bay so you don't over eat at meals. So enjoy a handful - not a ‘can-ful’  - of Georgia Pecans as a smart choice.”

3. Heart Health Helper

 The American Heart Association* certifies foods, including Georgia Pecans (halves and pieces) for the contribution they can make to an overall heart-healthy diet., .

Pecans may also reduce cholesterol.  Research from California’s Loma Linda University and New Mexico State University shows levels of so-called “bad” cholesterol (LDL) drop when pecans are part of a daily diet.  Pecans get this cholesterol-lowering ability, in part, from the presence of beta-sitosterol, a natural cholesterol-lowering compound.  Eating one-and-a-half ounces of pecans a day (27 to 30 pecan halves), as part of a heart-healthy diet, may even reduce the risk of heart disease.

Pecans make a great addition to every meal. Add them to your morning oatmeal or yogurt, substitute pecans for croutons in lunchtime salads for a flavorful crunch (see recipe below), or use ground pecans with the seasoning of your choice as delicious breading for meat or fish supper dishes. Any way you chop them, Georgia Pecans are a tasty addition to just about every recipe!

For more information about Georgia Pecans and recipes, log on to www.georgiapecans.org

GOBITES

Packing for an outdoor adventure can be a challenge. Buying comfortable shoes, durable clothes and the right gear is necessary, but what about food to help get you through the day? The best foods are lightweight, nonperishable, packed with nutrients and easy to prepare.

GoBites, a portion-controlled, all-natural snack delivery service (most products under 200 calories) offers more than 25 varieties, sent directly to one’s home is the perfect addition to a backpack. It is a portion-controlled 'mini-meal' loaded with nutrient-rich, organic and all-natural ingredients from around the world and is protein rich.

When you first sign up, you're asked to tell the company a little about yourself; then, they will customize their offerings to be most effective for you. GoBites packs of nuts and fruits can be delivered on weekly, bi-monthly or monthly basis (in packages of 14; subscriptions start at $27.86). You let the company know how often you want delivery of your box of 14 GoBites -- and eityher pick the GoBites you wish or let the company's team recommend the ones that are right for you. You'll then start receiving your supply of the tasty, nutritionally balanced GoBites to help you eat right between meals. There is never a commitment and you can cancel at any time.

The grab-and-go packages can be customized by dietary needs (Diabetic, Gluten Free, Paleo, Heart Healthy, etc.) and includes a variety of exotic ingredients (organic cavendish bananas, Sri Lankan jack fruit, white figs, mulberries, monukka raisins, Balinese cacao nibs, rambutan and more).

Ordering is easy. Click on the web site below. Each GoBite is $1.99 and shipping is free. The product is shipped in boxes of 14. You choose how often you wish to receive the product. You can receive delivery every week to enjoy 2 GoBites daily; every 2 weeks to have 1 GoBite a day, or every 4 weeks to give you a basic supply of healthy, delicious GoBites for whenever you have the urge to snack.   

I tried GoBites and thought this product quite tasty and filling and the perfect bar to take along in my backpack while hiking. It's a great snack for any outdoor enthusiast.

For more information check web site www.gobites.com

HI MOUNTAIN SEASONINGS

Located in the heart of Wyoming, Hi Mountain Seasonings was founded in 1991. It is the premier manufacturer of kits for homemade jerky and sausage. Hi Mountain Seasonings has successfully captured distinct, traditional Western flavors in its Jerky Cure & Seasonings, Western Style Seasonings, Bacon cures and other products that make up the unique line of gourmet Western seasonings. In 2011, Hi Mountain Seasonings introduced a line of delicious freeze-dried Camping Meals.

Hi Mountain's entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are conveniently available at www.himtnjerky.com and can be found at high-quality sporting goods stores such as Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, Academy Sports, Scheels All Sports, Dunham's, Gander Mountain, and Sportsman's Warehouse and farm and ranch stores including Blain's,Theisen's, Atwood's, and L&M Supply and at your local grocery store chain.

For additional information, write: Hi Mountain Seasonings, 1000 College View Drive, Riverton, WY 82501; call toll-free 1-800-829-2285; or visit the company website at www.himtnjerky.com.

Jerky Lovers, Get Ready for a Super Thanksgiving Weekend Web Deal from Hi Mountain Seasonings

Hi Mountain Seasonings makes holiday shopping easier than ever this year. No lines, no traffic or crowds and an incredible deal that you won’t want to miss. This web-only special features the new patent-pending, Ultimate Jerky Cutting Board and runs from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, Nov. 23 to 27, 2017.

With the purchase of each Ultimate Jerky Cutting Board, Hi Mountain Seasonings is throwing in three of its most popular Jerky Cure & Seasoning Kits: Hickory, Cracked Pepper & Garlic and Sweet & Spicy free—a retail value of $23.97. The new Ultimate Jerky Cutting Board is the perfect gift for anyone on your list that enjoys making healthy, homemade jerky. Molded of extremely durable polypropylene polymer, this unique board features a 1/4-inch depth on one side, and a 3/8-inch depth on the other, with a rim around the outside and down the center that guides the knife blade for consistent cuts every time. Ridges on both sides trap excess liquids, and textured surfaces on the ridges grip meats while tenderizing to help seasoning penetrate the meat.

Featuring a surgically sharp Outdoor Edge, high-carbon, 420 stainless steel blade and an easy-grip, ergonomic, nonslip rubberized Kraton Handle, slicing is easy, and storage of the knife is safe, as it nests in the bottom of the board. Dishwasher safe, the Ultimate Jerky Cutting Board comes with a carry handle that is conveniently molded into the top, making it easy to grab and go.

Each of the three free Jerky Cure & Seasoning kits contains seasoning, cure, a shaker bottle and easy-to-follow instructions for up to 15 pounds of meat. You can make it all at once or a pound at a time. Sit back and relax this holiday season. Hi Mountain Seasonings will make your holiday shopping easy and you can relax knowing that your gifts will be enjoyed for many seasons.

Hi Mountain’s entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at www.himtnjerky.com. Hi Mountain products also can be found at high-end sporting-goods stores, farm-and-ranch stores and many local grocery stores.

Located in the heart of Wyoming, Hi Mountain Seasonings was founded in 1991. It is the premier manufacturer of kits for homemade jerky and sausage. Hi Mountain Seasonings has successfully captured distinct, traditional Western flavors in its jerky cure & seasonings, Western-style seasonings, bacon cures and other products that make up the unique line of gourmet Western seasonings. For additional information, write: Hi Mountain Seasonings, 1000 College View Drive, Riverton, WY 82501; call toll-free 1-800-829-2285; or visit the company website at www.himtnjerky.com.

Hi Mountain Seasonings Introduces Its New Chili Seasoning

Hi Mountain Seasonings, world renowned for its jerky making kits and high quality seasonings, has announced the introduction of a new Chili Seasoning—a zesty blend of authentic flavors including chili pepper, cumin, garlic, salt, black pepper, paprika, turmeric and onion.

Whether you are preparing a feast for the family or impressing the judges, the new Hi Mountain Seasonings Chili Seasoning will make your chili a winner. The 7.4 oz. shaker bottle will flavor approximately 9 lbs. of meat—this will vary depending on how much is used with each batch of chili. The bottle also has an easy-to-follow Hi Mountain Seasonings recipe for preparing a hearty, flavorful chili with beef, venison or any game fare you prefer. See recipe below.

Preparing a hearty batch of chili has never been easier or better. Be sure to stop by your local retailer or visit <www.himtnjerky.com and get your Hi Mountain Seasonings Chili Seasoning. Suggested retail price is $8.99.

Hi Mountain’s entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at <www.himtnjerky.com. Hi Mountain products also can be found at high-end sporting-goods stores, farm-and-ranch stores and many local grocery stores.

For additional information, write: Hi Mountain Seasonings, 1000 College View Drive, Riverton, WY 82501; call toll-free 1-800-829-2285; or visit the company website at www.himtnjerky.com.

Hi Mountain Seasonings Chili Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs. favorite meat
6 tbsp. HMS Chili Seasoning
1 medium onion
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cups salsa
1 16 oz. can dark red kidney beans (drained)
2 16 oz. cans chili beans (pinto beans in chili sauce)

Spring Cleaning Time is also Prime Jerky Making Time

Spring is a great time to go through the freezer to clear out older harvests and turn them into some great, healthy snacks like jerky or sausage. Whether you have an abundance of ducks or geese, fish or game meat, Hi Mountain Seasonings has a jerky & seasoning kit to turn that aging meat into healthy, mouthwatering treats. Don’t let any of your harvests go to waste; simply turn them into jerky or sausage for easy to grab-and-go summer snacks.

Each Hi Mountain Seasonings sausage kit, jerky cure & seasoning kit and snackin’ stick kit comes with everything you need: seasonings, cure and casings. All can readily be made in the convenience of an oven, smoker or dehydrator, and it is a fun project for the whole family.

With 21 different Jerky Cure & Seasoning Kits, 14 Snackin’ Stick kits and 12 Sausage Making kits, finding a Hi Mountain Seasoning kit won’t be a problem, but narrowing down the selection might be.

Hi Mountain’s entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at www.himtnjerky.com. Hi Mountain products also can be found at high-end sporting-goods stores, farm-and-ranch stores and many local grocery stores.

eysath to Bring Wild Game and Hi Mountain Seasonings to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic

Celebrity Chef Scott Leysath, host of the Sportsman Channel’s “The Sporting Chef” and “Dead Meat” television shows, will be showcasing Hi Mountain Seasonings in his various wild-game dishes in a special VIP hospitality popup house at the 34th annual Aspen Food & Wine Classic June 17 to 19 in Aspen, CO.

To the members of the food industry and those with an overwhelming love of food, the Aspen Food & Wine Classic event is the nation’s premier culinary experience. Leysath will be sharing his wild-game cuisine with the attendees of this year’s iconic Classic in the Chefs’ House by HipLatina throughout the weekend. This unique Chefs’ House will feature a diverse culinary experience with drinks and services to provide the ultimate VIP go-to-house.

Known for his wild-game cuisine, which is significantly different than store bought foods, Leysath relies on Hi Mountain Seasonings to prepare his epicurean delights. Many of the Hi Mountain Seasonings are specially created to enhance the natural flavors of game meats. Attendees of the Chefs’ House will have the opportunity to take home samples of some of Chef Leysath’s favorite Hi Mountain Seasonings products to try them at home.

A former restaurant chain executive, caterer and restaurant owner, Leysath has spent the last two decades traveling the world while hosting his shows. An avid hunter and fisherman, he takes pride in teaching others how to prepare gourmet dishes with game meat and fish. If you can’t join Leysath and Hi Mountain Seasonings at this year’s Aspen Food & Wine Classic to learn some of these techniques, be sure to tune in to the Sportsman Channel for one of the “The Sporting Chef” or “Dead Meat” episodes.

Hi Mountain’s entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at www.himtnjerky.com, and the products can be found at high-quality sporting goods stores, farm-and-ranch stores and many local grocery stores.

Hi Mountain Seasonings has introduced four new wine-based Finishing Sauces: Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir -- A simple way to bring a delicious finishing touch to your next meal.

The Chardonnay Finishing Sauce showcases the classic French pairing of chardonnay with the delicious flavor of Portobello mushrooms and beef stock. The Merlot Finishing Sauce is a robust, French-inspired sauce that blends merlot, beef stock, rosemary and garlic. The Pinot Gris Finishing Sauce combines pinot gris with the rich, fruity flavors of cranberries, citrus and herbs. The Pinot Noir Finishing Sauce blends pinot noir with beef stock, garlic and honey.

Adding a cup of water, boiling and then adding one tablespoon of butter easily prepares the finishing sauces. For a fabulous finishing touch to chicken, pork, fish, shrimp or wild game, just drizzle your finishing sauce over your entrée for an impressive and delicious meal every time. Each packet makes approximately four servings.

The finishing sauces are now available at retailers nationwide or conveniently online at www.himtnjerky.com. The suggested retail price is $2.49 each.

Hi Mountain’s entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at www.himtnjerky.com, and the products can be found at high-quality sporting goods stores, farm-and-ranch stores and many local grocery stores.

Hi Mountain Introduces Hunter’s Blend Breakfast Sausage Seasoning

World-renowned for its jerky cure and seasonings, Hi Mountain Seasonings has announced the addition of Hunter’s Blend to its line of Breakfast Sausage Seasonings. Like the other Hi Mountain breakfast sausages, the new Hunter’s Blend can be mixed with fresh ground pork, or a combination of pork, and beef or venison for an amazing breakfast addition.

Hunter’s Blend—the popular flavor that is already found in Hi Mountain Seasonings Jerky, Snackin’ Sticks and Summer Sausage—offers a unique blend of garlic, pepper and a hint of hickory that finishes with a little heat. It is the perfect compliment to any breakfast dish, and it makes a great start for the day.

nter’s Blend breakfast sausage patties are quite simple to make and offer all the great flavors of sausage in the morning without any of the unsavory ingredients you don’t want. The kit comes with seasoning for 20 lbs. of meat and retails for $7.99. A sausage stuffer and casings are required to create sausage links, and these items are available separately.

In addition to the new Hunter’s Blend, Hi Mountain Seasonings offers Breakfast Sausage Seasonings in Original Mountain Man, Country Maple, Chorizo Blend, Sweet Italian Blend and Prairie Sage flavors. The kits are all available at retailers nationwide or at www.himtnjerky.com.

Hi Mountain’s entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at www.himtnjerky.com, and the products can be found at high-quality sporting goods stores, farm-and-ranch stores and many local grocery stores.

Located in the heart of Wyoming, Hi Mountain Seasonings was founded in 1991. It is the premier manufacturer of kits for homemade jerky and sausage. Hi Mountain Seasonings has successfully captured distinct, traditional Western flavors in its jerky cure & seasonings, Western-style seasonings, bacon cures and other products that make up the unique line of gourmet Western seasonings, as well as Hi Mountain Seasonings’ line of delicious freeze-dried Camping Meals. For additional information, write: Hi Mountain Seasonings, 1000 College View Drive, Riverton, WY 82501; call toll-free 1-800-829-2285; or visit the company website at www.himtnjerky.com.

Hi Mountain Seasonings Offers Web-Only Specials

Hi Mountain Seasoning, the leading manufacturer of kits for homemade jerky and sausage, is offering incredible web-only specials in 2015. Buy-two-get-one-free, special-pricing, buy-one-product-get-a-free-gift, and free-shipping offers are just a few of the specials that will be featured on the www.himtnjerky.com website in the coming months. Each month will feature a different website-only special.

The current customer appreciation special features an offer to buy any two Jerky Cure and Seasoning Kit, and receive a third for free. This special runs until the end of February. The next special, starting March 1st will offer a free “Deer and Big Game Processing” DVD—produced by “Love of the Hunt” host Brad Lockwood—with the purchase of either a Jerky Master or Jerky Board and Knife Set. The DVD’s are a $19.95 value. These specials are for a limited time and are only available on the Hi Mountain Seasonings website, www.himtnjerky.com.

“We want to show our appreciation to our customers by offering them special discounts,” said Hans Hummel, owner and CEO. “We hope that these specials will also give them a reason to regularly visit our new website and peruse the variety of products we offer.”

Hi Mountain’s entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at www.himtnjerky.com, and the products can be found at high-quality sporting goods stores, farm-and-ranch stores and many local grocery stores.

Located in the heart of Wyoming, Hi Mountain Seasonings was founded in 1991. It is the premier manufacturer of kits for homemade jerky and sausage. Hi Mountain Seasonings has successfully captured distinct, traditional Western flavors in its jerky cure & seasonings, Western-style seasonings, bacon cures and other products that make up the unique line of gourmet Western seasonings, as well as Hi Mountain Seasonings’ line of delicious freeze-dried Camping Meals. For additional information, write: Hi Mountain Seasonings, 1000 College View Drive, Riverton, WY 82501; call toll-free 1-800-829-2285; or visit the company website at www.himtnjerky.com.

Aged to Perfection: -- Hi Mountain Seasonings Now Offers A Salami Sausage Kit

Making delicious aged salami is no longer just for old-fashioned butcher shops. Thanks to Hi Mountain Seasonings, making your own house-cured salami with its new Original Salami Sausage kit is not only easy, but the results will rival that of the best salumeria you can find. And best of all, you get to select the cuts of meat that go into your salami.

With the perfect proportions of salt, sugar, mustard seed, garlic powder and other spices, Hi Mountain Seasonings new Salami Sausage offers a bold, rich flavor that will delight the palates of family and friends. Fortunately, Hi Mountain Seasonings has combined all of the best ingredients into a simple and easy recipe that even a novice in the kitchen can create.

"Our customers requested that we add a salami to our line," said Hans Hummel, Hi Mountain president and owner. ‚"We set to work on creating a very authentic and traditional salami flavor, and the results are fantastic. "We‚ are very excited about the new Salami Sausage kit, and we expect it to be very popular.‚"

Hi Mountain’s entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at www.himtnjerky.com, and the products can be found at high-quality sporting goods stores, farm and ranch stores and many local grocery stores.

Hi Mountain Seasonings Brings on the Brats -- Two New Bratwurst Sausage Kits Now Available

The bratwurst sausage has gained so much popularity and appreciation for its big, juicy flavor that brats have surpassed the hotdog on many grills and in many buns across the country. This recent brat craze has driven Hi Mountain Seasonings to create two delicious new flavors for its do-it-yourself sausage kit line: Spicy Beer Bratwurst and Garlic Pepper Bratwurst.

These new Hi Mountain Seasonings brat varieties aren’t really new. In fact, they’re exceptional interpretations of traditional brat flavors that can be easily made in the kitchen and finished in either your oven or the smoker.

The Spicy Beer Bratwurst Sausage Kit is a fusion of garlic, mustard, salt, and four carefully selected peppers. Blended together with your choice of ground meat—wild game or store-bought—the Spicy Beer Bratwurst Sausage Kit will produce brats with a wonderfully familiar taste and just a touch of heat.

The new Garlic Pepper Bratwurst Sausage Kit brings a superbly balanced blend of garlic, pepper, spices and seasoning to provide a mouthwatering traditional German sausage.

Both kits include seasonings, cure, casings, easy-to-follow instructions and will season 24 lbs. of meat. They are available now for a suggested retail price of $20.99.

Hi Mountain’s entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at www.himtnjerky.com, and the products can be found at high-quality sporting goods stores, farm and ranch stores and many local grocery stores.

Your Spring Turkey Will Be Gobbled Up After Using Hi Mountain Seasonings -- the New Game Bird & Poultry Brine

Turkey hunting is one of the most popular types of hunting in the U.S., and although there are nearly 6 million wild turkeys roaming the country—with huntable populations in every state but Alaska—turkey hunting is a very challenging sport. For those who succeed, the next challenge comes with preparing their harvest, and Hi Mountain Seasonings makes this challenge much easier with a variety of options for preparing the wild bird.

Whether you like brining your bird, roasting, making jerky or sausage, Hi Mountain has the perfect product for you. The Game Bird & Poultry Brine offers a unique mix of maple and brown sugars that offset the natural saltiness of the brine leaving you with a succulent sweet turkey.

The Poultry Rub features a select blend of garlic, pepper, thyme, sage, sea salt and rosemary, making it an excellent choice for both domestic and game birds. Like all of the Hi Mountain Seasoning rubs, the Poultry Rub adheres to the turkey using the natural moisture of the meat, so no oil is required, making it virtually fat-free and a healthier alternative to many oil-laden marinades on the market.

Hi Mountain Seasonings has made jerky and sausage making at home easy and fun. You don’t need a smoker or dehydrator; your oven works just fine. The company offers two great turkey jerky flavors: Turkey Hunter’s Bourbon and Turkey Hunter’s Apple. Both are specifically created to enhance the natural flavor of the wild turkey.

The new Breakfast Sausage Seasoning for game birds and poultry is made with dehydrated apple pieces and natural maple flavoring to deliver a unique flavor and texture to your breakfast plate.

With all of these great options from Hi Mountain Seasonings, the excitement of the hunt can extend from the field to the table. Try one, or try them all; you can’t go wrong. Your gobbler will be gobbled up.

Hi Mountain’s entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at www.himtnjerky.com, and the products can be found at high-quality sporting goods stores, farm and ranch stores and many local grocery stores.

Hi Mountain Seasonings Announces Its New Fan Favorites

Originally introduced as a seasonal flavor, Hunter’s Blend has quickly risen to the top as the fan favorite for Hi Mountain Seasonings Jerky Cure & Seasoning. With more than 20 different flavors to choose from, this unique blend of garlic, pepper and a hint of hickory that finishes with some heat has taken the top billing in the Jerky Cure & Seasoning category with Hi Mountain Seasonings customers. This flavor is also high on the charts in the summer sausage and the snackin’ sticks categories as well.

“If you haven’t tried the Hunter’s Blend, we highly recommend it,” said Hans Hummel, president and owner. “It is available in three different options: Jerky Cure & Seasoning, Summer Sausage and Snackin’ Sticks. The Original had long been the fan favorite until we introduced the Hunter’s Blend, which was intended to be a seasonal item in just the Jerky Cure & Seasoning line. Its popularity took us by surprise, and now we can barely keep it stocked.”

Hi Mountain Seasonings continues to expand its product line with the recent introduction of Ethnic Seasonings and its Low Sodium Jerky Cure & Seasoning Kits. The company has also expanded its facility to keep up with continually growing demand for all of its products—not just Hunter’s Blend.

Hi Mountain Seasoning Expands Its Ethnic Seasonings Line With A New Cajun Seasoning.

Hi Mountain Seasoning continues to expand its Ethnic Seasonings line with the addition of its new Cajun Seasoning. This seasoning combines the classic Cajun flavors—which date back to the early 1700s—into a perfect balance to give your meals an authentic Louisiana flair.
  
With red peppers, black peppers, white peppers, salt, garlic, onion and sugar, this new Cajun Seasoning offers a big, bold French-Acadian flavor. Ideal for a seafood boil, jambalaya or gumbo, Cajun Seasoning will tantalize taste buds with the rich flavors of Louisiana. Sprinkled on any dish, the Cajun Seasoning will add a little kick. The new Cajun seasoning is sure to be a hit for those that like it hot—or even warm, depending on how much you use.

With the addition of the Cajun Seasoning, Hi Mountain now offers four Ethnic Seasonings in its line: Italian Herb, Taco, Fajita and Cajun. All four are available at retailers nationwide has a suggested retail price of $8.99 for the 9.17 oz. shaker. French-Canadian versions are available in Canada.

You don’t have to travel to Louisiana to get the traditional Cajun cooking anymore. Just cook it up yourself with the new Hi Mountain Seasonings Cajun seasoning.

Hi Mountain’s entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at www.himtnjerky.com, and the products can be found at high-quality sporting goods stores, farm and ranch stores and your local grocery stores. Located in the heart of Wyoming, Hi Mountain Seasonings was founded in 1991. It is the premier manufacturer of kits for homemade jerky and sausage. Hi Mountain Seasonings has successfully captured distinct, traditional Western flavors in its jerky cure & seasonings, Western-style seasonings, bacon cures and other products that make up the unique line of gourmet Western seasonings. In 2011, Hi Mountain Seasonings introduced a line of delicious freeze-dried Camping Meals.

For additional information, write: Hi Mountain Seasonings, 1000 College View Drive, Riverton, WY 82501; call toll-free 1-800-829-2285; or visit the company website at www.himtnjerky.com.

Hi Mountain Seasonings Introduces Hunter's Blend Summer Sausage

Summer sausage isn‚t just for summer. It‚s a delicious snack that can be made and enjoyed all year long. With hunting season just around the corner, Hi Mountain Seasonings is pleased to announce that the Hunter's Blend flavor has been so overwhelmingly popular that the company has added it to the Summer Sausage Line. The special blend of garlic and pepper with a subtle hint of hickory and finished with just a touch of heat has taken home jerky making to another level.

Making sausage at home has been a tradition of American families since before this country was founded. And over the years as sausage has become commercially available, homemade sausage has remained a healthier option with less fat, no artificial preservatives, no fillers, and better taste. With homemade sausage, you select your own cuts of meat. Hi Mountain Seasonings sausage kits allow you to easily make tasty sausage with your wild-game harvest, store-bought meats or a mixture of both. In a tough economy, making your own food is not only fun for the whole family but is economical as well.

Its unique camouflage-and-hunter-orange packaging makes the new Hunter's Blend Summer Sausage Kit easily recognizable, and it comes with cure, seasonings and casings for making 30 lbs. of sausage. Hi Mountain Seasonings also offers sausage in Bratwurst, German, Polish, Italian, Old Fashion Bologna, Cracked Pepper Summer Sausage, Jalapeno Summer Sausage and Original Summer Sausage. Each kit provides instructions to produce batches up to the full 30 lbs., or as small as one pound. Cooking for smokers and conventional ovens are also included. Each kit retails for $18.49. It is also available in Hi Mountain's Jerky Cure & Seasoning and Snackin‚ Sticks.

Hi Mountain's entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at www.himtnjerky.com, and the products can be found at high-quality sporting goods stores, farm and ranch stores and your local grocery stores.

Located in the heart of Wyoming, Hi Mountain Seasonings was founded in 1991. It is the premier manufacturer of kits for homemade jerky and sausage. Hi Mountain Seasonings has successfully captured distinct, traditional Western flavors in its Jerky Cure & Seasonings, Western Style Seasonings, Bacon cures and other products that make up the unique line of gourmet Western seasonings. In 2011, Hi Mountain Seasonings introduced a line of delicious freeze-dried Camping Meals. For additional information, write: Hi Mountain Seasonings, 1000 College View Drive, Riverton, WY 82501; call toll-free 1-800-829-2285; or visit the company website at www.himtnjerky.com.

Hi Mountain Announces That Grilling Season Is Officially Open

It‚s time to clean out the grill and fire up the burners because grilling season has officially opened. With the warmer weather and longer days, there's nothing better than cooking outdoors. And that doesn't just mean boring barbecue chicken or hot dogs and burgers. It is Hi Mountain grilling time with steaks, fish, waterfowl, pork or any other bounty of last season‚s quarry on the menu.

With Hi Mountain Seasonings‚ delicious Western Style Rubs and flavor-filled Smokehouse Cans, it's exceptionally easy to grill your way to delicious dishes that even a 5-star chef would envy. Whether it's wild or store-bought, your poultry, pork, fish or beef are on tonight's menu, and Hi Mountain Seasonings has a Western Style Rub that will seal in the juices and enhance the natural flavor of your hard-earned meat. Hi Mountain Seasoning's five mouth-watering blends˜Steak Rub, Garlic Pepper Rub, Venison Rub, Salmon Rub and Poultry Rub˜provide you with a delicious way to grill something amazing and new every night of the week.

Hi Mountain's Western Style Rubs adhere to meat using its natural moisture, so no oil is required. That makes them virtually fat-free while being a healthier alternative to many oil-laden marinades on the market. With these Hi Mountain Seasonings Dry Rubs, it is easy to turn any ordinary meal into a tantalizing culinary experience that will please even the most finicky eaters.
To turn up the flavor another notch, try using one of Hi Mountain Seasonings Smokehouse Cans inside your grill. Available in three great flavors--Alder Orange Peel, Mesquite Coffee Bean and Hickory Lemon Basil--you simply place the smoke can on the grill grate for a few minutes until the smoke starts, place your food on the grill, and then let the Smokehouse flavor infuse into whatever you are cooking. Hi Mountain Seasonings Smokehouse Cans are a simple and easy way to bring a rich smoky flavor to any meal.

So now that the temperatures have escalated, get out of the kitchen, fire up the grill, and have a Hi Mountain Seasonings grill night, tonight!

Available at retailers nationwide or conveniently online at www.himtnjerky.com, the Smokehouse cans retail for $3.79 and the Rubs retail for $8.99.

Hi Mountain's entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at www.himtnjerky.com, and the products can be found at high-quality sporting goods stores, farm and ranch stores and your local grocery stores.

Hi Mountain Seasonings Jerky Gun Now Available Separately

Originally offered as part of its popular Jerky Master package, the Hi Mountain Seasonings Jerky Gun is now available as an individual item. The easy-to-use Jerky Gun allows you to make ground-meat jerky, sticks or breakfast sausages with any of Hi Mountain Seasonings‚ 19 Jerky Cure & Seasonings kits, 12 Snackin‚ Sticks flavors and three mouth-watering breakfast sausage seasonings.

Making jerky, meat sticks or breakfast sausages from ground meat is simplified with Hi Mountain's Jerky Gun. Simply fill the tube with the seasoned and cured meat; select one of three interchangeable nozzles for strips, sticks or sausage links; and squeeze the trigger. All parts are dishwasher safe, so clean up is a snap. The individual Jerky Gun with three nozzles included retails for $19.95.

For those that would like a more elaborate set up, Hi Mountain still offers the Jerky Master which comes complete with the Jerky Gun, two nozzles for strips or sticks, an industrial-grade jerky screen and two of the fabulous Hi Mountain Jerky Cure and Seasonings. This kit retails for $36.99.

Whether you are looking for individual items for making jerky or you are looking for a kit with everything you need, Hi Mountain Seasonings has what you need to make delicious homemade jerky every time. Hi Mountain's entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at www.himtnjerky.com, and the products can be found at high-quality sporting goods stores, farm and ranch stores and your local grocery stores.

Hi Mountain's Garlic Pepper Rub Now Available in a Larger 11 Oz Shaker

In response to customer demand, the popular Hi Mountain Garlic Pepper Rub is now available in an 11 oz shaker. Originally introduced in a 2.25 shaker, this perfectly balanced blend of garlic and pepper spices and seasoning, was just not large enough for the consumer. The uniquely blended rub blend is ideal for all meats and poultry and vegetables. This rub embodies a wonderful balance of garlic, pepper and salt that will enhance the natural flavors of any dish.

Because of its perfect blend of garlic and pepper, this rub can also be used to add a distinctly delectable flavor to vegetables and other dishes whether your are barbequing sautéing, or sprinkling on a dazzle of flavor.

Find out for yourself why it is so popular. It is available in the new 11 oz shaker and the smaller 2.25 oz shaker at www.himtnjerky.com and retailers nationwide. The suggested retail price is $8.99 and $3.36 respectively.

Rub It On With Hi Mountain Seasonings New Steak Rub

There is nothing more exciting or impressive than having the ability to cook a perfect steak for friends and family. Steak, whether a filet, New York strip or venison tenderloin, is one of America's favorites dishes--tempting the palate with its sizzling surfaces flavored with your choice of seasonings and its melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. Hi Mountain, world renowned for its jerky kits and spices, has announced a new Steak Rub to its collection of highly regarded seasonings.

The new dry Western-Style Steak Rub is a unique blend of spices and seasonings, which add flavor to the steak without overpowering its natural flavors. The Hi Mountain Steak Rub seals in the natural flavor, further tenderizes the steak and adds a mouth-watering zest that will keep them begging for more.

For foolproof and delicious Western-Style Steak Rub cuts, pull the steaks out of the refrigerator, and let them sit on a clean plate or pan at room temperature for about an hour before grilling. This brings the meat to an even temperature that is best for cooking. When the hour is up, rub the steak with EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil). Neither spray your grill, nor put the rub on before the coating oil. You want to keep all the moisture in your meat, so apply the rub with the EVOO. Then simply cook to your preferred doneness, and serve hot.

Because of the popularity of rubs, Hi Mountain is making the Steak Rub available in an 10 oz. shaker. It will be available online at www.himtnjerky.com and retailers nationwide for $8.99.

Hi Mountain Seasonings Is Smoking With or Without a Smoker

Getting that popular flavor that smoke imparts on meat, poultry and fish is easier than ever with Hi Mountain Seasonings new SmokeHouse. It is no longer necessary to spend hours to get that popular authentic smoke flavor. When you want that great smoky flavor in a hurry, simply place a Hi Mountain SmokeHouse can on the grill or smoker.

Available in three mouthwatering flavors: Hickory Lemon Basil, a strong pungent bacon-like flavor with a hint of lemon and basil ideal for beef, pork and ham; Alder Orange Peel, a light delicate flavor excellent for salmon, chicken and pork; and Mesquite Coffee Bean, slightly sweeter than the hickory but still strong, is the perfect match for lamb beef and duck.

Bring the popular smoky flavor in a quick easy-to-use SmokeHouse can to your backyard. With immediate availability for only $3.79, you will want to try all three unique flavors.                                      

Hi Mountains Free EMail Newsletter Offers Numerous Benefits to Subscribers

Sign up for Hi Mountain's email newsletter to receive a myriad of benefits.  On the 1st and 15th of each month you will receive an email from Hi Mountain with mouth-watering recipes, cooking tips, special discounts, new product announcements and more. The new Hi Mountain email newsletter program also offers exclusive benefits to its subscribers.  After signing up members will be privy to exclusive contests, receive chances to win great products and get special coupons for the various Hi Mountain quality products.

To sign up simply go to www.himntjerky.com.  Don‚t miss out on all the great benefits offered from Hi Mountain ˆ sign up today!

For additional information on the Company call toll-free 1-800-829-2285, visit tweb site www.himtnjerky.com or write to Hi Mountain Seasonings, 1000 College View Drive, Riverton, WY 82501.

HOMECOOKED SHORTCUTS, INC.

Corn-n-Tater Microwave Cooking Bag

I tried this new way to make microwave food taste better and will use it time and time again. It's designed to cook your food to perfection in the microwave without loss of flavor or consistency due to its unique moisture-retaining blend of cotton and bamboo materials. Reusable and easy to clean; when necessary, just toss it into your washing machine and dry in open air. I tried it on potatoes and broccoli, but next I'll use it for corn, asparagus, green beans, cauliflower and carrots. It's also recommended for peppers, onions, mushrooms, squash, pizza, tortillas, bread, frozen foods and much more.

Bags come in a multitude of colors; mine has bright stars and stripes! Each bag comes with a recipe booklet including favorites such as twice baked potatoes, Jamaican Corn on the Cob, etc., and how to make Home-Made Baby Food!

Care of the bag is easy - - just wash in when necessary in cold water, air dry, and wrap items to be microwaved in a moist paper towel as instructed in the recipe booklet. The special lining used in the bag is naturally antibacterial and odor resistant and will not mold.

The bag can be ordered on-line at HomeCookedShortCuts.com for $14.99 which includes the cook book. Or, the cook book can be ordered alone at $5.99.

For more information, contact HomeCooked at web site www.homecookedshortcuts.com; email at service@homecookedshortcuts.com; phone 866-844-7070 toll-free; or write to Homecooked Shortcuts, Inc., 4057 N. Woodlwan Suite 1, Wichita, KS 67220.

HONEY STINGER

About Honey Stinger ----

Located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Honey Stinger was founded in 2002 to bring great tasting, convenient honey-based foods to consumers. An athletic entrepreneur, a honey industry veteran, a food product developer and a beekeeper make up the team that founded Honey Stinger.

Honey Stinger products are available in specialty outdoor retail, natural foods, running and bike shops across the country and beyond. The products are popular with athletes from all manner of sports and the company sponsors events, athletes and teams across the US and Europe.

After hearing that Lance Armstrong's likes this product, I tried one of the company's Protein Bars, namely the

New & Delicious - Honey Stinger Kids' Organic Chews

Not only do kids love this new product, but so did I when I tried it. The Chews are very tasty, well packaged and are great tasting, kid-friendly and, in addition, these healthy snacks are perfect for everything from family adventures to school lunches. Kids' Organic Waffles are available on at grocers and specialty retailers.

Honey Stinger is certified organic and gluten free; it's sweetened with honey; has 70 calories per serving; each box contains 5 single servings; fulfills 100% daily recommended Vitamin C; has no artificial colors or flavors, no preservatives and no high fructose corn syrup.

For more information contact 866.Go.Honey or Honeystinger.com.

Honey Stinger Introduces Its Caffeinated Protein Bar

Honey Stinger, the leading manufacturer of honey-based nutritional products, introduces its first caffeinated protein bar with the Dark Chocolate Mocha Cherry Pro flavor. With 10 grams of whey protein and 30 mg of caffeine, the Mocha Cherry protein bar is a great-tasting meal replacement bar or portable recovery snack. Ingredients in the Honey Stinger bar include dark chocolate, organic honey, whey protein isolate, almonds, dried sour cherries and coffee. 
“Our caffeinated chews and gels have been a big hit so we’re confident that our Mocha Cherry bars will see the same reception,” states Rich Hager, chief operating officer at Honey Stinger. “Caffeine has become an important part of the daily regimen for many athletes. These bars will provide protein for recovery or an energy-boosting snack.” 

Dark Chocolate Mocha Cherry Pro bars retail for $2.19 each and are available at grocers and specialty retail outlets, as well as online at www.honeystinger.com.

Located in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Honey Stinger makes convenient, nutritious and great tasting honey-based foods including energy bars, protein bars, organic energy gels, organic waffles and organic chews. Fueling some of the country's top cyclists, runners, triathletes and teams, Honey Stinger products may be found at specialty sporting goods retailers, natural food grocers and www.honeystinger.com.

Dark Chocolate Mint Almond Protein Bar 10g 

coated with dark chocolate surrounding a perfect mix of mint and almonds. It had zip, and was delicious and healthy at 190 calories per bar. 25% organic ingredients. The label is clear-cut, listing all ingredients and nformation.

Honey Stinger Introduces Strawberry Stinger Waffle

Honey Stinger, the leading manufacturer of honey-based nutritional products, has added a strawberry flavor to their critically acclaimed and award-winning Stinger Waffle lineup. The original Stinger Waffle was suggested by Honey Stinger co-owner Lance Armstrong and quickly became a favorite among runners, cyclists, triathletes and moms. Original, vanilla and now strawberry versions of the Stinger Waffle provide 160 calories of great-tasting, organic energy.

'Original and Vanilla Stinger Waffles have been tremendously well received by customers, athletes and the media,' states Bill Gamber, Honey Stinger co-founder. 'The addition of strawberry to the line adds another option for anyone looking for something good for you and great tasting from their energy food.'

The traditional stroopwafel, which originated in the Netherlands over 200 years ago, is a waffle made from two thin layers of baked batter with syrup filling. In the Netherlands and Belgium, stroopwafels are sold in the streets and are popular with European cyclists looking for a quick boost of energy.

Rather than syrup, the Stinger Waffle use organic honey and other organic ingredients, making Stinger Waffles a certified USDA Organic product. Each waffle is wrapped individually for easy transport and retails for $1.39.

The Honey Stinger Vanilla Stinger Waffle

Yummy - that's what I thought when I took my first bite of the company's Stinger Waffle. I'm sure you'll love it, too! The Vanilla Stinger Waffle contains only 160 calories of great tasting, organic energy. Like the traditional stroopwafel, which originated in the Netherlands over 200 years ago, it is made from two thin layers of baked batter with syrup filling. In the Netherlands and Belgium, stroopwafels are sold in the streets and are popular with European cyclists looking for a quick boost of energy. Rather than syrup, the Stinger Waffle use organic honey and other organic ingredients, making Stinger Waffles a certified USDA Organic product. Each waffle is wrapped individually for easy transport and retails for about $1.39.

Look for this delicious product in sporting goods stores and specialty shops.

LITTLE DEBBIE FOODS

Trying to get fit for those fun spring fashions – but don’t want to give up your favorite foods? -- Little Debbie’s got a snack for you.

Classic Nutty Bars now come in singles – at just 100 calories a piece to satisfy your sweet tooth with less guilt. Each crunchy wafer bar is layered with peanut butter and covered in fudge. They come individually wrapped, 12 to a carton for about $1.59 per box.

Look for the Classic Nutty Bars at your favorite food store.

LIZ LOVELY INC.

Liz Lovely Releases First Certified Organic, Fair Trade, Vegan Cookies
Vermont cookie maker releases new and improved socially responsible product line.

Liz Lovely Inc, a Vermont-based, nationally distributed cookie maker has re-released their entire line of cookies as Certified Organic, Certified Fair Trade and Certified Vegan. This is the first nationally distributed product in this segment to acquire all three certifications. The suggested retail price of the cookies has not changed: $3.99 to $4.39 for "2 big ones".

While many natural foods companies look outside their business for recipe formulation and manufacturing resources, Liz Holtz, president and founder of Liz Lovely, does not subscribe to this philosophy. According to Liz, "We have an artisan philosophy. Everything is made from scratch in our own bakery, not in some giant contracted food factory." She added, "We’re extremely excited about the new organic recipes. They’re uncompromising in flavor and in their commitment to social responsibility."

According to Dan Holtz, Liz Lovely’s vice president of sales, "Customer demand for Organic and Fair Trade products is huge, and still growing. We’re first-to-market with these certifications, and it was not easy to achieve all three certifications. Our new recipe uses only sustainably harvested organic palm fruit oil in place of the processed egg and butter substitutes we were using previously. It’s also important to note that, unlike palm kernel oil, palm fruit oil is heart-healthy and 100% free of trans-fat."

Liz Lovely partnered with the Vermont chapter of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association and TransFair USA to identify available ingredients, setup audit trail systems, and prepare the business for Organic and Fair Trade certification with the respective organizations. Liz Lovely has been Certified Vegan by Vegan Action since their inception in 2003.

Liz Lovely, Inc. bakes and distributes Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Certified Vegan cookies to leading natural foods retailers throughout the country. Cookies include Cowboy, Cowgirl, Peanut Butter, Ginger Snapdragon and Macadamia Mountain. Liz Lovely also sells eco-friendly baked goods and gift baskets for consumers, corporate giving, and events directly from their website. The company’s socially responsible mission is summed up in their tagline, Baking a DifferenceTM. Liz Lovely was founded in 2003 by high school sweethearts Liz and Dan Holtz and is located in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

For more about Liz Lovely, visit www.lizlovely.com

PURE OF HOLLAND HEALTH BARS

Pure of Holland now has the Pure Bar.

Pure Bars were created when a six year old child decided to become a vegetarian, and today Bosgraaf is changing the way people view organic and raw foods. Shoppers know what's healthy and good for them to eat, and once they try a Pure Bar, they'll probably be hooked. Why? The bars are new, tasty, and best of all, healthy. Why? Because they are certified organic; contain 400 mg Omega 3; have low sodium; 4g organic fiber; are totally raw with healthy antioxidants; and are Vegan with fruit. An example of the ingredients in the Chocolate Chip Bar include organic dates, agave nectar, apples, raisins, cashews, almonds, and sunflower seeds, raw cacao nibs, walnuts, rice protein, sea salt as well as 14 essential vitamins and minerals. Pure comes in various flavors -- Chocolate Brownie, Apple Cinnamon, Cherry Cashew, Chocolate Chip Trailmix, Wild Blueberry and Cranberry Orange.

For more information on where to purchase, contact Pure of Holland, 301 Douglas Avenue, Holland, MI 49424; 888-568-PURE or go to web site www.thepurebar.com.

ROTH KäSE USA CHEESES

Roth Käse USA Features Peppadew™ Sweet Piquanté Pepper

The cheesemakers at Roth Käse USA have once again created a new flavor sensation by combining their award-winning creamy Havarti with an unexpected yet delicious partner – the Peppadew™ Sweet Piquanté Pepper. This pepper boasts a one-of-a-kind flavor that melds perfectly with Roth Käse’s prized Ostenborg Havarti. Peppadew™ Havarti fuses the mellowness of traditional Havarti with the sweet and savory taste of this unique and trendy South African fruit.

This new addition to the Ostenborg range of Havartis can cubed and sliced for a variety of snack time and mealtime applications: jazz up sandwiches, wraps, burgers, panini, pizzas, omelettes, scrambled eggs (try serving the eggs ‘n Havarti on a toasted croissant), or broil atop chicken or fish (try halibut). Pilsners, light lagers, and white wines make a nice pair.

With a history of flavor innovation, Ostenborg Peppadew™ Havarti joins the line-up of Plain, Dill, Jalapeño, Pesto, Horseradish & Chive, and Reduced-fat varieties, offering flavor sensations to please any palate on any occasion. All Roth Käse cheeses are hand-crafted by master cheesemakers according to traditional techniques. With the roots of Switzerland, Roth Käse is now a leading manufacturer and marketer of handcrafted, award-winning cheeses in Monroe, WI, making only the highest quality best tasting cheeses.

For more information on Roth Käse, contact: Kirsten Jaeckle, Director of Marketing 608.845.5796 x 5, or visit web site www.rothkase.com.

Roth Käse USA Cheeses Win Multiple Awards at 2007 American Cheese Society Competition                      

Roth Käse's expertise in making exceptional specialty cheeses was again recognized as the company won numerous top awards at the 24th annual American Cheese Society (ACS) Competition, held August 1st - 4th, in Burlington, Vermont.  This year the ACS Competition became the nation‚s largest cheese competition, with over 1200 competing entries from the US and Canada, as well as Central and South America

Roth's Private Reserve took 1st Place in the highly contested "American Originals" category, but most significantly was named Second Runner-Up to the Best of Show.  Roth's Private Reserve has collected several other awards in 2007 as well. At the US Championship Cheese Contest held earlier this year, the distinctive raw-milk, alpine-style cheese achieved 1st Place in the Smear-Ripened Cheese category, and 1st Runner-Up Overall. In addition to the awards bestowed on Roth's Private Reserve, Roth Käse took home the following awards in the ACS Competition:

Award Roth Käse Winner Category

1st Place        Roth's Private Reserve American Originals
1st Place        GranQueso Hispanic and Portuguese-style
2nd Place       Valfino  American Originals
3rd Place       St. Otho's Low-Fat
3rd Place       Grand Cru Gruyère Surchoix   Washed Rind

Roth Käse CEO Fermo Jaeckle notes that this is the fourth consecutive year that Roth Käse's popular GranQueso has won 1st Place in its category at the ACS Awards. "GranQueso was a winner from the start," Jaeckle said. "'It won a 1st Place award at the 2004 ACS in its first year of production. Now, GranQueso is one of our most decorated cheeses, with eight top honors to its credit." Jaeckle goes on to say that 'An ACS award is a true mark of distinction. We are delighted that Roth Käse cheeses stood out among this year's fierce competition."

T
o date, Roth Käse has earned more than 100 critically acclaimed awards in local, regional, national, and international cheese competitions. 

Roth Käse cheeses are hand-crafted by master cheesemakers according to traditional techniques. With roots in Switzerland, Roth Käse is now a leading manufacturer and marketer of handcrafted, award-winning specialty cheeses in Monroe, WI, making only the highest quality, best tasting cheeses.

For more information on Roth Käse, contact Kirsten Jaeckle, Director of Marketing, (608) 328-2122 ext. 8 or visit www.rothKäse.com.

SiPPING DREAMS - European-Style Drinking Chocolate

I first tasted Sipping Dreams European Style Drinking Chocolate at a Book Expo in New York City in 2013. I have to admit I was reluctant to stand in line for a taste given in a cup the size of a sewing thimble, but I'm glad I did -- because it was delicious and made with 72% dark chocolate.

The exhibitor explained that Hot Cocoa is the chocolate drink most commonly served in the United States, and is made from cocoa powder, milk and sugar - and is much lighter than the drinking chocolate alternative. Although hot cocoa is the proper term for this beverage, it is usually referred to in error as hot chocolate. She went on to say that drinking chocolate -- true hot chocolate -- is made from bar chocolate and contains cocoa butter, which results in a thicker, richer product than hot cocoa. The beverage is consumed daily in Spain, where drinking chocolate and churros are known as the working man's breakfast. Drinking chocolate can be very thick, with a consistency similar to that of pudding.

While most homemade drinking chocolate comes in powder form, which doesn't assure getting the proper proportion of shaved chocolate, cocoa and sugar, the Sipping Dreams gourmet drinking chocolate bar guarantees that you consistently get rich, creamy drinking chocolate every time. The company, we were told, stands behind the bar as the 'best base for preparing this chocolatey goodness at home. Only the finest products, created with integrity, will do. This is why Sipping Dreams uses Guittard 72% dark chocolate, a rich, bold blend combining beans grown in West Africa and South America.

Guittard has made a commitment for over 135 years to providing a high quality chocolate product. Sipping Dreams believes in this commitment and Guittard's dedication to working directly with farmers in South America to cultivate the highest quality beans through proper growth and fermentation, and paying these farmers directly for their work." What results is a well-balanced and ultra smooth chocolate . According to one Guittard chocolatier, organic beans do not exhibit the consistent quality required to make it into the Guittard product. Guittard is a family business with a century-and-a-half of experience when Sipping Dreams Drinking Chocolate which can be enjoyed hot or cold."

For more information on where to buy Sipping Dreams, write to Sipping Dreams at 5598 Table Rock Road, Suite 129, CentralPoint, OR 97502, or call toll free at 855-SIP-ACUP (855-747-2287)
                    

SKEETER SNACKS

Skeeter Snacks are totally Nut-Free - and after trying the company's products, I have to agree that they are delicious! It doesn't taste like the usual 'allergy food' that tastes like cardboard and costs a lot. The company started with cookies - and I tried their Chocolate Chunk that was soft and filled with lots of chocolate chunks - just yummy. Two cookes were in each package of this one and also the Golden Oaatmeal that my husband thought was delicious (I don't like anything oatmeal), but he's fussy - so if he liked this cookie, the company must be doing something right. I haven't yet tried the SkeeterDoodle cookie - but hope so in the near future.

The Skeeter Snacks company was founded by two dads-- Pete Najarian and Dave Leyrer -- who had peanut allergic kids. Their kids complained that every snack they were allowed to eat was not only nut -free but apparently flavor free. So what do dad's do? They want to fix their kids problems and these two dads set out to create a snack that was affordable and tasted great for everyone. In a very short time, Skeeter Snacks appeared in stores nationwide, from Walmart to Costco, and are the go-to treat for everyone with or without nut allergies. Six packs come in each box totalling 12 cookies for the reasonable cost of $3.99 per box.

For more information, go to web site www.SkeeterSnacks.com or call 212-799-6100.

THINK PRODUCTS

Think Products -- Five Servings of Fruits and Vegetables in ThinkGreener Bar Has its Debut

thinkproducts (www.thinkproducts.com), one of the nation’s largest natural nutrition bar companies and makers of pure food nutrition for people who “think about what they eat,” has introduced a nutrition bar that packs five servings of fruits and vegetables.

The thinkGreener nutrition bar features organic dates, spirulina, and broccoli and contains the FDA’s recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. thinkGreener is the first meal replacement green bar of its kind and will be distributed through thinkproducts’ existing mainstream and natural retail channels. thinkGreener is also a gluten free product that can be consumed by the nation’s 15 million sufferers of Celiac disease. thinkGreener’s suggested retail price will range from $2.69 To $3.99 and will be available at retailers nationally and at www.thinkproducts.com.

The newest product to be added to the thinkproducts family of natural nutrition bars, which include thinkThin (high protein) and thinkOrganic (raw fruit and nut), thinkGreener is the big brother to the thinkGreen superfood bar (which features two tablespoons of fruits of vegetables). The five serving thinkGreener bar comes in two flavors: Red Berries and Chocolate Covered Red Berries with 240 and 250 calories and 9 and 10 grams of protein, respectively, The bar is also high in fiber and contain Omega 3s. Other thinkGreener ingredients include cranberries, acerola berries, cashews, walnuts, agave nectar, brown rice, spinach, carrots, parsley, alfalfa grass, chlorella, grapes, soy and flax seeds and well as other essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

About thinkproducts: thinkproducts was founded by former international fashion model Lizanne Falsetto who is a true believer in the healing and nourishing power of nature. Purveyor of all natural, convenient, great tasting, functional foods that fuel those striving to live a life full of vitality and free of disease, thinkproducts was originally named from Falsetto’s raw fruit and nut thinkOrganic and superfood-rich thinkGreen. All thinkproducts are wheat/gluten free and designed to deliver powerful nutritional benefits. The company’s commitment to vitality goes beyond food to support a vital cause – the prevention of breast cancer. A portion of the proceeds from every thinkThin Pink bar purchase is donated to Susan G Komen for the Cure.

thinkproducts can be found in natural food stores, leading supermarket chains, club, convenience, mass and drug stores, as well as health clubs and specialty food stores. thinkproducts can also be purchased directly from the company at www.thinkproducts.com.

Thinkproducts is headquartered in Ventura, California, and is one of the largest independent companies in the nutrition bar category.

ZEGO

ZEGO Bars - Your Allergy-Friendly, Delicious Energy Bar

If you have food allergies, especially to nuts, try ZEGO bars. Why? Because they're made with NO Nuts, Gluten, Soy or Dairy. They also contain 10g protein, very little sugar, and are great for carrying in your backpack when taking a hike, a bike ride, or in a school lunch box. I tried a couple and they gave me a boost when I exercized or went kayaking. It's certainly nutritious.

The company calls ZEGO "A Higher Bar" because they feel it meets allergy-free needs and tastes better than other energy bars on the market. It also has a fine chewy texture with a bit of crunch.
In addition to the above pluses, it doesn't have GMOs or High Fructose Corn Syrup. The company uses organic sunflower seeds as ZEGOs main ingredient because they feel sunflower seeds "are a superfood that deliver lots of antioxidants and vitamins, boost your immune system and protect your heart, increase your energy by helping move oxygen into your red blood cells, provide high quality protein, which strengthens muscles, bones and memory."

In addition, ZEGO also contains "other healthy ingredients, such as brown rice and quinoa, are high in calcium, iron and magnesium to help further strengthen your bones, blood and immune system, and the cacao nibs are high in fiber and potassium, having more health-promoting antioxidant catechins than green tea."

ZEGOs are naturally vegan, have good taste, and come in two delicious flavors - Chocolate, which has a rich, chewy brownie flavor, and Sunflower, with a hint of caramel.

And, 20% of the profits are donated to improve nutrition for children!

For more information check web site www.zegosnacks.com

PET FOOD

TurboPUP :  Complete "Meal in a Bar' For Dogs

Tired of cans leaking all over your car or hotel room while you travel? Don't like washing bowls? Then try the new TurboPUP 'Meal in a Bar' for Dogs. TurboPUP is a new meal replacement bar for dogs. It's the size of an iPhone and perfect for pets that may be on the go with their families - hiking, camping, fishing – any adventure where “Fido” is faithfully by their side. No more bulky dog food. Now, Fido can get his full nutritional meal - right from a bar. These bars are compact and ready for travel.

This new product is:

• 100% American sourced, all-natural, human grade ingredients
• Ideal for travel, hiking, camping, hunting
• Fuels high performance
• Interchangeable with regular dog food: safe on sensitive stomachs
• Exceeds AAFCO standards: with added vitamins, minerals & Omega-3s

TurboPUP bars are formulated to exceed the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food nutrient Profiles for all life stages. Ingredients contain brown rice flour, egg yolks, whey protein isolate, olive oil, DHA Gold (Dried Whole Cell Algae, Sunflower lecithin, rosemary extract, mono and diglycerides, citric acid (as a preservative), natural flavor, oats, pomegranate juice concentrate. It is made in the U.S.A. and should be consumed with lots of water.

For more information, go to web site www.TurboPUP.com.

KNIVES

Outdoor Edge Makes Filleting Fish Easy with the New Reel-Flex Fillet Knives

I've tried numerous knives while fileting fresh caught fish, but found that Outdoor Edge is superior and very easy to use. The company combines functional design with the finest materials and hand craftsmanship to create quality knives and tools, makes filleting your catch easier than ever with its new Reel-Flex fillet knives. Designed by custom knife maker, Jerry Hossom, the Reel-Flex fillet knife blades are crafted from German 4116 stainless steel that is known for its corrosion resistance and excellent edge retention.

Whether you'll filleting a fresh-caught fish or are cutting up salmon bought at the supermarket or fish store, you'll love this knife. I was trying to remove the skin from a salmon filet, tried a serrated knife and then a sharp knife, and just could cut though. In desperation, I picked up the Reel-Flex Fillet Knife and it went through like butter!

The Reel-Flex fillets are available with 6-inch, 7.5-inch and 9.5-inch blade lengths to meet the cutting demands for all fresh and saltwater species. They are ergonomically shaped with blue TPE composite handles that ensure a comfortable, non-slip grip, even when handled with wet or slick hands. Each knife is hand-finished, shaving-sharp and includes a polypropylene sheath with a swivel-clip belt attachment for easy carry at all times.

The Reel-Flex fillet knives is available at retailers nationwide or conveniently online at www.outdooredge.com for a suggested retail price of $22.95 to 24.95.

About Outdoor Edge

Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Denver, Outdoor Edge is a leading designer and manufacturer of knives and tools. Today, Outdoor Edge continues to innovate and develop state-of-the-art products, not only for outdoor enthusiasts, Outdoor Edge also creates everyday carry tools for survivalists, handymen and others who require the very best knives available for their leisure and work needs. The company prides itself in offering a variety of products that undergo extensive field-testing in harsh, rugged environments resulting in durable, long-lasting products that come with a lifetime guarantee. For additional information on Outdoor Edge and its full line of products, write to: Outdoor Edge, 5000 Osage Street, Suite 800, Denver, CO 80221; call toll-free (800) 447-3343; email moreinfo@outdooredge.com; or visit www.outdooredge.com.

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