Frontier Co-op Spices Review

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I was sent three products from Frontier Co-op to review,  Smoked Paprika, Vietnamese Cinnamon, and bottle of Tahitian Vanilla, and let me tell you I was excited when I opened my box! They are in such nice glass containers, and have really lovely packaging.  
First I used my vanilla when making a chocolate chip cookie in a jar recipe ( you will see this in an upcoming post! ),  they flavored the cookies fantastically! Just smelling this bottle of vanilla you can tell that it isn’t your run of the mill cheapo vanilla. I was very very pleased with the flavor/results!

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Next I used the cinnamon…holy cow! Once again, just opening up the bottle I can tell you that this is the most delicious, fragrant cinnamon I have ever used. Ever. We used the cinnamon in a few beverages ( which was fantastic! ), and snickerdoodles! They were the most delicious snickerdoodles I have ever baked, and I definitely attribute that to the Vietnamese Cinnamon!  Yum! 
Vietnamese (Cinnamomum loureirri)
Formally known as Saigon cinnamon, this special variety is rebounding in popularity in the U.S., following a more than 20-year absence. Compared to Indonesian types, Vietnamese cinnamon has a distinctly sweet flavor and an exceptionally high volatile oil content. Gourmet cooks rate it as the highest quality cinnamon in the world.
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Lastly I used the Smoked Paprika. This also smelled so amazing…I compared it to an old bottle I had in my cabinet from the store brand from Walmart, even smell wise, there was NO comparison! They seriously didn’t even smell like the same product. We made a rice/chicken dish, and used the paprika in both the rice and cooking of the chicken. Both were absolutely fantastic! They both had a light smoked flavor, which was amazzzing! My kids went absolutely crazy for this dish, and couldn’t believe what a difference that this paprika made in this particular dish. 
Smoked Paprika :A sweet but sassy relative of the chili pepper, paprika is used to add warm, natural color and mildly spicy flavor to soups, stews, grains, and a variety of hors d’ouvres.
Botanical name: Capsicum annuum L. var. annuum , Capsicum annuum

PaprikaAlso known as sweet red pepper or pimento pepper, the paprika (Capsicum annuum) is larger and much milder than the chili pepper. An herbaceous annual that grows 20 to 60 inches in height, it’s sometimes woody on the bottom, with leaves that are dark green on top and lighter underneath. The flowers are white and the fruit starts out green, then turns red, brown, or purple; the red fruit is harvested for paprika.

Domestic paprika has a fresh, green quality, while the Spanish variety is more pungent and the Hungarian is more lively. Spanish and Hungarian paprikas have become more alike, though, as the Hungarian peppers are now bred to taste more like the sweeter Spanish peppers. They still look different, though; Hungarian and domestic peppers are more pointed, while those from Spain are smaller and rounder. Hotter paprikas are now often obtained by adding cayenne to the powder to punch up the heat.

Paprika is graded according to classes: Spanish paprika has three grades (sweet, semi-sweet, and hot), while Hungarian has seven (or more) classes (special quality delicate, exquisite delicate, pungent exquisite delicate, rose, noble sweet, half-sweet, and hot). By the way, the brightest red peppers aren’t the hottest. In fact, the lighter red and lighter brown are hotter than the bright varieties. For mildest flavor, choose the Spanish variety; for a bit more more pizzazz, go Hungarian. While there’s some debate about just how it happened, the first pepper plants (which were stronger than the paprikas we know today) are thought to have been brought to Hungary (famous for its paprika) in the 17th century. In the 19th century, during a contest to determine the best ground paprika, two Hungarian brothers introduced a milder version of paprika by removing the stalks and seeds from the peppers. These parts of the pepper are higher in the heat-producing capsaicin. A Nobel Prize (1937) has even been given to a scientist for his vitamin C research on paprika peppers. Paprika peppers have seven times more vitamin C than oranges, pound for pound.

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I absolutely loved all three products, and cannot wait to try more of their yummy spices and products! I give them a 5/5!

If you are interested in checking out their wide range of cooking products ( and you sooo should be! ) visit : http://www.frontiercoop.com/ and visit them on FB at : https://www.facebook.com/frontiercoop

Here is some additional interesting/important  info I found on their website.

Born a Co-op, Still a Co-op

We’re proud of our co-op roots!

Since our founding in 1976, Frontier has been a member-owned co-op dedicated to supporting and advocating values of the cooperative community. We remain firmly committed to our founding values of integrity, openness, social responsibility, and respect for the environment.

Co-ops around the world are bound by a set of seven principles. Originally developed in the 19th Century, these co-op principals  have changed little since and remain the core values of co-ops everywhere. They guide Frontier to do business with integrity and responsibility as representatives of the tens of thousands of member stores (many of them co-operatives themselves) and buying clubs that are our owners.

We have always thought of the way we do businessas an essential part of our success — advocating environmental sustainability and ethical business practices — and we consider it a requirement of our future success that we grow and prosper by contributing to the world rather than exploiting it.

Frontier Co-op is owned by our wholesale customers. These customers provide the capital for the business to operate and take responsibility as member/owners of Frontier through an elected board of directors.

We feel this special relationship of ownership is at the heart of our success. Not only do we have unique insight into natural products by having our member/owners in direct contact with the consumers of the products, the co-op structure has fostered our honest, responsible business practices that are increasingly valued in the marketplace.

A sentence that came out of one of Frontier’s earliest planning sessions expresses one of our most important commitments: “In all that we do, at all times and with all people, we will conduct our affairs and the affairs of the company with absolute integrity.” We apply this test to everything from our product ingredient decisions to the sharing of information with our customers.

We’re proud to be a co-op and happy to provide a successful example of this exciting way of doing business. Although co-op membership isn’t open to our retail customers, you benefit from our cooperative structure in several ways:

• The natural products stores that are part of the Frontier co-op give us valuable feedback on what you, the customers, are looking for — helping us consistently provide innovative and popular new products.

• Because our member/owners have to personally stand behind our products in their own businesses, they support the tough quality standards and thorough testing that make Frontier the quality leader in natural products.

• Frontier’s member/owners insist on integrity and principled business dealings from the company they own, of course, whether those dealings are with themselves or others.

• The value of social responsibility is also clearly one that is shared with the vast majority of our member/owners. Our long-standing support for organic agriculture, fair dealings with small suppliers, community and environmental programs, and donations to responsible organizations gives our member/owners — and you — the satisfaction of knowing the purchase of Frontier products contributes to the well-being of the planet and it’s inhabitants. (In one case, the contribution is very direct — one percent of all Simply Organic sales goes to organizations that support and promote organic agriculture.)

In short, we’re pleased to run an honest, responsible natural products business, and we believe that’s how the people who own Frontier — and the people who use our products, as well — want it to be run.

If you would like additional information about cooperatives, visit the National Cooperative Business Association’s website at www.ncba.co-op. NCBA’s mission is to develop, advance, and protect cooperative enterprise. NCBA provides services and information for and about all types of cooperatives.

In the U.S., co-ops provide $25 billion in wages and benefits, and nearly one million jobs.

Organics and Frontier

Frontier was one of the first suppliers to actively advocate organic products and organic agriculture — and we’re thrilled with the strong and steady growth of organics in the natural, and now mainstream, marketplace.

We carried our first organic products in 1978, and became a certified organic processor as soon as that program was available. Today we offer a vast array of organic products — herbs, spices, teas, foods and personal care products. We have over three decades of experience in organics — and a dedicated, expert staff that continues to expand our selection and provide the best quality organic products available.

We believe organic agriculture is a crucial element in building a safe and sustainable international food supply and that the basic values of organic agriculture — concern for people and the environment — are crucial to the well being of us all.

We’ve worked for decades with growers in the U.S. and around the world to help expand organic agriculture. Organic products are at the core of our Well Earth ethical sourcing program, which promotes organic and sustainable agriculture along with product quality and social responsibility. We’ve also established the SO1% fund to donate 1% of the sales of our all-organic brand, Simply Organic, to support organic organizations and causes. And we continue to offer customers new organic alternatives that give them an opportunity to use their buying power to support the environmental and social values of organic agriculture—and make the world a better place.

Our organic sales increase as a percentage of our total sales every year — and all new products added to any of our lines must be certified organic. We work to build a market for organic crops to ensure farmers have an outlet for those crops once they switch to organic growing methods. We also maintain a fund to support farmers in transition from conventional crops to organics by paying organic premiums on their transition crops.

We have a deep and long-standing commitment to organics at Frontier, and we’re proud to have been — and continue to be — a leader in our support of organic agriculture.

10 Good Reasons To Go Organic

Courtesy of the Organic Trade Association

1. Organic products meet stringent standards.Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs.

2. Organic food tastes great! It’s common sense — well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals.

3. Organic production reduces health risks. Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us.

4. Organic farms respect our water resources. The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.

5. Organic farmers build healthy soil. Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.

6. Organic farmers work in harmony with nature. Organic agricultural respects the balance demanded of a healthy ecosystem: wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fencerows, wetlands, and other natural areas.

7. Organic producers are leaders in innovative research. Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimizing agriculture’s impact on the environment.

8. Organic producers strive to preserve diversity. The lessening of our biodiversity through the loss of a large variety of species is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.

9. Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy. USDA reported that in 1997, half of U.S. farm production came from only 2% of farms. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for crops.

10. Organic abundance – foods and non-foods alike! Now every food category has an organic alternative. And non-food agricultural products are being grown organically — even cotton, which most experts felt could not be grown organically.

 

 

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