New Spices with Burlap & Barrel

A few weeks ago, we added Burlap and Barrel single-origin spices to our selection (most of our teas, herbs & spices are from Mountain Rose). They are available in small-sized glass containers or larger plastic containers, unfortunately not yet available in bulk from this supplier.

Are these packaged spices organic, although none of them are labeled as organic?

You asked, and we reached out to our supplier. Here’s the answer we received: “Most of these packaged spices are grown organically, with some certified by local or European agencies. However, organic certifications are expensive – often too costly for independent farmers to afford. We are working with partner farmers to help them obtain organic certifications. This is why our labeling does not reflect the organic growing process.”

Discover our BULK Pure Soap Flakes products

Pure and natural, plant-based, cleaning and laundry products. Free of additives, enzymes, fragrance, and sodium lauryl sulfate. Made in Minnesota. More info: https://puresoapflakes.com/

Source: https://puresoapflakes.com/

Pure Soap Flakes: Small, translucent, crystal like, silky flakes of pure Castile soap concentrate that are saponified from a signature blend of organic vegetable oils of coconut and Smude Sunflower Seed. Melts in water to create a liquid soap, and can be used for bathing, cleaning or laundry; great for people with sensitive skin, babies, and pets! $15.56/lb

Laundry Powder: A special formulation of ground Pure Soap Flakes, aluminum free baking soda, and washing soda. Can be used in HE, front and top loading washing machines. Only 1 tablespoon per load! 2 tablespoons for extra large or soiled load and 3 for super soiled. Add 1 Cup 3% hydrogen peroxide or 1 tablespoon oxygen bleach (sodium percarbonate)
with whites as a natural bleach / Add 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar in the rinse to naturally
condition and soften clothes if needed. $8.19/lb

BULK Dishwasher tabs: Can be used to clean coffee pots too. Ingredients : Baking Soda, Borax, Citric Acid, EcoBleach, Himalayan Salt, Solar Salt and Washing Soda. Shipped in paper bag. Wrapper free. Directions : Toss 1 cube in to automatic dishwasher per cycle.
Fantastic for drains and septic! $9.95/lb

Do you know about arrowroot powder?

Arrowroot powder (or flour) is derived from the root of a tropical plant called Maranta arundinacea. It can replace corn starch as a thickening agent, but it is not derived from (often genetically modified) grains, and is obtained through a more natural process. Arrowroot powder can also be mixed with other flours for gluten-free baking. And it has multiple health benefits!

Try it for $4.67/lb (in bulk).

Photo: Downshiftology.com

More information: https://downshiftology.com/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-arrowroot-powder/

What to Do with (Very) Brown Bananas? Try a Delicious Vegan, Low-Waste, and Easy BANANA BREAD!

A great way to use the coop’s (half-price) ripe bananas. And you can also freeze bananas to make it later! Most ingredients available in bulk at the coop.

Recipe and photo by AmbitiousKitchen.com (Monique Volz)

Prep Time: 15min / Cook Time: 45min
Servings: 10 slices (~200 cal/slice).

  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 3 medium to large extra ripe bananas, mashed (1 to 1.5 cups) – Frozen bananas should be thawed first and drained of excess liquid.
  • 1/3 cup (75g) coconut oil
  • ½ cup (100g) brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons dairy free milk (oat, soy, etc.) – Add 2 more if you use whole wheat flour
  • Dry ingredients:
  • 1 ¾ cups (210g) all-purpose flour
  • Gluten-free? Use or 1-to-1 GF flour replacement, with upcycled ingredients!
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • OPTIONAL: ½ cup chocolate chips
  • OPTIONAL: ½ cup chopped walnuts, pecans, etc.
  • Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 8 ½*4 ½ inch pan. If you use a larger pan, note that your bread will be thinner and will take less time to cook.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. In another large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
  3. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined: Do not overmix! Keep some lumps of bananas, etc. If you’d like, add the chocolate chips or nuts or both.
  4. Add the batter to the pan. Bake for 40-50min or until a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  5. Allow bread to cool in the pan for 5-10min, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  6. Serve sliced and cold. Can be served with nut butter spread on top.

New Snack available in bulk: Roasted Soy Beans!

We now offer Roasted Salted Soya Beans in bulk. Great as an appetizer and zero-waste snack option. Lightly salted, high in protein and fiber, vegan and gluten-free. Can be mixed with dried fruit and other nuts! Available at $5.52/lb. Grown in the U.S. and delivered by Tootsi Impex U.S.A.

Source: Tootsi Impex U.S.A.