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Spotlight On Spices! Issue September 2013 - Pickling Spices
September 05, 2013

I'm back! After a busy summer of unexpected travels, to new places, and new food discoveries, I'm looking forward to re-connecting with you and sharing how herbs and spices can enhanced your everyday meals.

Also, welcome to September - the perfect national month for life's comfort foods like Chicken, Potato, and Rice.

Since many of you are harvesting your garden produce as I send out this newsletter, I decided to reprise an earlier one that helped you with canning (preserving foods in bottles and jars), and pickling the fruits of your labor.

Although the "canning and pickling season" is conducted throughout the year depending on where in the world you’re located, for you it is whenever you’re doing a lot of harvesting of your garden (typically from early to late summer and early fall). Just depends on what is plentiful in your garden or available at local produce markets.

In September we get to honor and recognize the culinary history of pickles with National Snack A Pickle Time on the 13th (National Pickle Day is in November). We can enjoy pickles so many ways: they make delicious condiments, snacks, or side dishes, and you can make your own with this month's …

THE SPICE OF LIFE - Pickling Spices

Pickling spices recipes are blended for one of the oldest methods used to preserve foods: Pickling. Pickled food is brined or fermented. Most people think of cucumbers harvested to make dill pickles; however, other fruits (e.g., grapes), vegetables (e.g., tomatoes, beets), and foods (e.g., eggs) are pickled too.

Pickling spices can include: cinnamon sticks, mustard seeds, bay leaves, allspice berries, dill seeds, whole cloves, gingerroot, black and white peppercorns, coriander seeds, juniper berries, mace blade, star anise, cardamom seeds, and hot chili peppers.

To learn more about pickling and to get a recipe for pickling spices, click here >>>


September is the Month for:

Chicken, Potato, Rice, Papaya, Honey, and Mushroom. It is National Cholesterol Education Month too.

Some of our Favorite National Food Days in September Include:

September 5 National Cheese Pizza Day

September 6 National Coffee Ice Cream Day

September 13 National Peanut Day

September 13 National Snack A Pickle Time Day

September 26 National Pancake Day

September 27 National Corned Beef Hash Day

September 29 National Coffee Day

September 30 National Mulled Cider Day


Check here for the latest news on any spice recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts:

Food ALERT! Widget


Websites for Spice Retailers:

Atlantic Spice Company -

Durkee® -

McCormick® -

Milford Spice Company -

Penzeys Spices -

Savory Spice Shop -

Spice Islands® -

The Spice House -

Spice Accessories Websites:

Bottles, Containers & Jars:

Bottle Store - -

SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc. -


Online Labels -

Spice Racks:

Tubular Spices -

Spice Rack Source -

Check out our website that's All About Sweet Potatoes

How to Grow Potatoes

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Tell us what you would love to see in our monthly eZine. We want to keep this publication fresh and relevant. We want to put a spotlight on the herbs and spices that are of the most interest to you.

Use our Contact Form to give us constructive feedback or ask questions. Thank you!

Ellen White

Eat Well. Live Well. Cook everyday with spices and herbs!

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