Rodelle Cinnamon – What’s the Difference?

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We’re already ramping up production for fall baking and cooking at Rodelle! And, we’ve been busy launching our line of Organic Ground Spices, including Turmeric, Ginger and Cinnamon. Because Rodelle now offers two types of Cinnamon, we wanted to demonstrate some of the unique characteristics of each product in this post.

Let’s start with the basics. All varieties of cinnamon are obtained from the inner bark of trees from the genus Cinnamomum – the majority of the world’s cinnamon is produced in Indonesia, China, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Cinnamon has many uses in sweet and savory foods, and has been used in many different ethnic cuisines for centuries. Many people also have relied on cinnamon for its antioxidant, healing and health properties. You can read more about the health benefits of cinnamon in this article!

The two primary types of Cinnamon in the United States are Cassia and Ceylon. Most of the cinnamon you will find on the shelves is cassia cinnamon which has a notably strong, spicy flavor. Rodelle’s Gourmet Cinnamon Sticks are from the cassia genus and perfect for several baking, cooking and lifestyle applications. Because the cassia cinnamon is much thicker and stronger than ceylon cinnamon, if you want to grind Rodelle Cinnamon Sticks at home, we recommend working in very small batches with a high-powered spice grinder. That being said, we definitely prefer recipes that take advantage of the whole length and unique beauty of the whole cinnamon sticks. Some of our favorite ways to use whole cinnamon sticks: garnish on cupcakes, brewed into a comforting mulled wine, as part of a DIY scent freshener, and simmered in recipes like Apple Butter!

Ceylon Cinnamon is known by many as “true cinnamon” – it is distinctive because of its lighter color, sweeter flavor and lower levels of coumarin – which can be detrimental when consumed in very high quantities. Cinnamon has long been demonstrated to be beneficial when used in moderation for medical purposes (under the guidance of your physician), and many people seek out ceylon cinnamon for this reason. Rodelle Organic Ceylon Cinnamon is conveniently ground and easy to add to your oatmeal, smoothies, cookies, soups and more! We recommend having both types of Cinnamon, whole stick and ground, in your pantry to use in different applications. You can find both products seasonally at select Costco stores, and we’ll have the products available in our Amazon store by the end of the summer!

 

Rodelle + KitchenAid Summer Sweetstakes

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Rodelle is so excited to announce our 2017 Summer Sweetstakes contest with our friends at KitchenAid! We’re running the cool contest from now until July 26th and encourage you to enter as often as you like to increase your chances to win! We’ve designed the contest with more than 10 chances to win all summer long, and there are some great prizes you won’t want to miss! You can enter in many ways – just get started with your email address or Facebook account in the widget on our giveaway page.

In addition to a Rodelle gift basket with all you need to whip up your favorite baked goods and frozen treats, grand prize winners (US-only) will receive and a new 5-Quart Artisan Series KitchenAid Stand Mixer (in your choice of color) and a KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment! We’ve got the website contest up and running now and we hope you will stay tuned for an extra special Instagram contest that will be rolling out in the next week – giving you even more chances to win with Rodelle and KitchenAid!

The Rodelle Summer Sweetstakes is definitely focused on Ice Cream this year, and what a better way to indulge a little this summer than with a scoop of homemade vanilla bean old fashioned ice cream? Our favorite recipe has an easy custard base that is sure to freeze up perfectly each time. And, we throw in a bonus recipe for a homemade vanilla bean ice cream cone. You can save this recipe for later in the summer when the winning prizes have been sent out. If you do that, we definitely recommend this no-churn recipe for homemade blizzards so you won’t miss out on the fun in the meantime! With an edible peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough, you will definitely not miss any of the flavor!

Enjoy, enter often and good luck to you!

Rodelle Organic Ground Spices

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We are thrilled to expand our line of organic offerings with three new Organic Ground Spices. We’d love to tell you a little more about the three new organic spice offerings from Rodelle!

Rodelle Organic Ground Ginger

This Organic Ground Ginger is bright, flavorful, and just the right level of spicy. Ground Ginger is commonly used in Asian dishes like stir fry, curry, chutney and teriyaki sauce. We also love ground ginger in our gingersnaps, gingerbread and smoothies!

1/4 teaspoon = 1 teaspoon of fresh ground ginger

Some of our favorite recipes:

Double Ginger Gingersnaps – featuring both crystallized and ground ginger!

Salmon with Vanilla Bean Ginger Sauce – this recipe calls for fresh ginger, so substitute with 1/4 teaspoon of Rodelle Organic Ground Ginger!

Peachy Almond Ginger Ice Cream – boost the ginger flavor in this recipe by blending a little ground ginger with the peaches.

Rodelle Organic Ground Turmeric

Organic Turmeric is a wonderful addition to curry, marinades, rice seasonings, or even mixed into your morning smoothie! Turmeric is touted for its many claimed health benefits including reducing inflammation. This bright yellow spice is a wonderful substitute for fresh Turmeric root, which can be difficult to find in some grocery stores. The uses for turmeric are virtually limitless as seen in this article!

1/4 teaspoon = 1 teaspoon of fresh ground turmeric

Turmeric Roasted Potatoes – The Rodelle Organic Ground Turmeric adds an exotic earthiness to this simple roasted vegetable recipe. Serve with any meat dish or your favorite vegetarian protein to make a hearty meal.

Spinach Salad with Turmeric Dressing – Loaded with healthy ingredients, this salad is perfect for a simple lunch, or a distinctive side dish for almost any meal.

Rodelle Organic Ground Ceylon Cinnamon

Organic Ceylon Cinnamon is one of the best cinnamons you can purchase. Ceylon Cinnamon is known as “true cinnamon” and deemed healthier than Cassia Cinnamon for every-day consumption. The flavor is bright and mellow and does not have the spicy notes that many ground cinnamons do.

Make our quintessential Vanilla Cinnamon Rolls with our ground cinnamon and you’ll never go back! Click here for the recipe!

Rodelle Organic Ground Ginger, Organic Ground Ceylon Cinnamon and Organic Ground Turmeric are available now at select Costco stores in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. We’re looking to increase availability at more Costco stores as well as online on our Amazon store. Hopefully, the products will be available to all US shoppers by the end of summer!

400+ Days Safe

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Rodelle’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response team after an annual training!

Rodelle is always proud of our great team and their hard work getting the best-quality baking essentials and gourmet spices to our customers! With all of our departments and teams, there are 65 Rodelle employees who support our production and operations. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, there are many ways our employees stay busy outside of work: fishing, hiking, biking, visiting one of our 15+ breweries, playing on the Rodelle Extractors Soft Ball and Kickball leagues, just to name a few! We’ve got some very busy and engaged members of the community on our crew. That’s one reason we are so impressed with the quality of work and the drive our employees bring with them to Rodelle!

Since the start of company history, we have made it 400 consecutive days without an injury at Rodelle! As part of our reporting about our work environment, we do record injuries and near misses (technical terms for keeping track of any events that may cause our employees harm). The last time we had an instance of a recordable injury at Rodelle happened in January 2016! Our record of 401 days without an injury is a huge testament to our employees and their approach to the job at hand. We have a safety committee who works to support our employees by implementing job-specific training, coaching on proper lifting technique, even helping our office employees creating an ergonomically-correct work space for themselves. Because we operate some heavy equipment, and have plenty of flammable liquids in our facility at all times, Rodelle is constantly working to prevent injuries and accidents. Our fabulous employees have created a culture of safety where we take one job at a time, look out for one another, and prevent injuries instead of reacting to them.

Thank you to all of our employees who make Rodelle a safe and fun place to work!

DIY Gifts For Mom

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Mother’s Day is May 14th – a little over two weeks away! Are you ready to celebrate Mom yet? Or, perhaps you want to have someone pamper you this Mother’s Day? From DIY gifts to the perfect sweet and savory treats, Rodelle has you covered!

Here are some of our favorite DIY gift ideas:

Vanilla bean loofah scrubbing soap: The perfect homemade idea for upcoming Mother’s Day that’s both easy to make and a beautiful gift! This incredible recipe is super easy to customize with Mom’s favorite scents!

Vanilla body lotion: This soothing, creamy, and healthy homemade lotion will make lovely and thoughtful DIY gifts. No additives, all natural ingredients, and organic means they can enjoy guilt-free!

Cocoa lip balm: The cocoa powder and cocoa butter in this lip balm provide protection from UV exposure, plus the beeswax locks in moisture. It tastes great and adds a slight color to your lips!

We love these ideas for thoughtful gifts for any occasion. And, we know quite a few moms who will particularly appreciate the care and love that goes into making something by hand (with natural, healthy ingredients) with her in mind! You’ve got plenty of time to start crafting, so why not aim high and make Mom a homemade gift basket with some pampering gifts and fill it in with some Rodelle products so she can return the favor with your favorite cookie! It’s a win-win!