400+ Days Safe

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

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!

Spring Baking

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We are happy to be in the thick of spring here on the Colorado Front Range. Trees are budding, leaves are popping out, and there are beautiful blooms starting to peek out everywhere you turn. Nothing gets us more excited than the signs of a new season and the promise of warmer weather and beautiful, long, sunny days ahead. Well, maybe all of that and baking some springy treats. This is the perfect season to welcome some of our baking skills out of hibernation after a few months to recover from the busy baking season. Not to mention, there is an abundance of tempting spring produce and fruit that work so perfectly in the kitchen! We’re sharing a few of our all-time favorite spring recipes, and a couple of spring baking tips today!

Spring Baking Tips

  • Looking to use up some or that rhubarb from your garden or the farmer’s market? Avoid stalks that are limp with blemishes, and look for small leaves that indicate younger plants (just don’t eat the leaves!). We recommend tasting your recipes as you go with rhubarb dishes – sometimes one’s palette may require more sugar and other times, what you make might really shine because of a little rhubarb-tart flavor!
  •  Spring strawberries are among the best produce at our local grocers right now. Always go for ones that are bright red and shiny – and it’s good to know that the size of the berries does not influence their sweetness.
  • Go through your pantry – if you’re spring cleaning the rest of the house, now is a good time to check out your baking “kit” and remove any flours, extracts, spices, etc. that may be past their “best by” dates. Or, you might be able to reorganize to make sure you definitely use up any older duplicates of ingredients before opening a newer package with a longer shelf life!

Spring Recipe Favorites

Coconut Vanilla Cream Tart – Coconut pairs with the subtle sweetness and flavor of Rodelle Vanilla in this tart. You’ll love the crunchy vanilla crumb crust, smooth and rich coconut custard and whipped vanilla bean cream!

Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze – This pound cake is the perfect amount of citrus and sweet – with that traditional crumb and dense texture you love about pound cakes!

Angel Food Cupcakes – We’ve created a light, fluffy, and delicious cupcake using our Vanillas and Almond Extract. We then filled these little delights with strawberries and topped them with vanilla bean whip cream!

Strawberry Vanilla Bundt Cake – This decadent masterpiece was created by Lyndsy Hassett from The Dinnervine. “Sweet strawberries and Pure Rodelle Vanilla come together in this lovely cake! Perfect as a dessert…”

Spring Macarons – These delicious French Macarons have been created with Rodelle by Sugar Bakeshop. They are a delicious assortment of vanilla, chocolate, and raspberry. Mix and match and have a perfect spring dessert!

Layered Carrot Cake – This elegant recipe is borrowed from Saveur magazine. We’ve added our vanilla extract and vanilla beans. The extra vanilla brings a warm and sensual aroma and flavor to this extravagant dessert.

Bird’s Nest Cupcakes – These cupcakes are a perfect accompaniment to any springtime feast. They are moist and creamy, delectable creations that will make your mouth water! They are our most favorite spring recipe!

Chocolate Mousse Filled Strawberries – Delightfully easy and cute for spring and summer – fun for kids to help with filling the strawberries. And, they are light enough that you can enjoy a couple!

Almond Cupcakes with Rhubarb and Strawberries – A light, irresistible mini-cake – perfect for spring entertaining and desserts! They are secretly gluten-free, too, so everyone can enjoy.

Happy *Spring* Baking!

Top 10 Baking Tips for Colorado

It’s no secret that we love baking! With recipes to get you through almost every day of the year, we’re often busy in the kitchen whipping up a treat of some kind. In Fort Collins, Colorado, our home base, we’re at about 5,000 feet above sea level. Some of our friends up in the mountains live well above 8,500 feet though!

If you have a recipe that you are baking for the first time, there’s a chance that it will come out perfectly baked at altitude. There is also a chance that some adjustments might be necessary to make that recipe a home-run! We recommend trying a recipe as written the first time you make it. If it doesn’t turn out, then you can start experimenting!

With so many great resources online, we’re sharing our top 10 favorite baking tips for Colorado that we’ve pulled from other sites and from our Executive Chef’s notes:

  1. Extra flour helps! Starting at 3,500 feet above sea level, add 1 more tablespoon per recipe – scale that increase up as your altitude increases. Additional flour helps strengthen the structure of baked goods.
  2. Adjust your leavening agents – rising happens quicker at altitude and a lower amount of baking powder or baking soda can help maintain the level you are looking for.
  3. Dipped centers on your quick breads? Try decreasing the fat, leavener, and sugar.
  4. Bake your brownies at a decreased oven temperature (about 25 degrees) to prevent overbaked sides and a soupy middle.
  5. If your pie crusts don’t have the right texture, slightly more liquid could help.
  6. Making a yeast bread (yay!)? Try covering your dough and place it in the refrigerator for the first rise. It will take a little longer, but that will give your dough more flavor and allow the yeast to develop over time.
  7. Cookies on your horizon? Increase oven temperature to keep your cookies from overexpanding and drying out!
  8. Got a cake recipe with shortening? You might have to reduce the shortening by 1-2 tablespoons to prevent the cake from falling.
  9. Angel food cake? Beat your egg whites only to soft-peak stage to keep the texture light and fluffy.
  10. When you’re baking cakes, prevent an overly moist layer by increasing flour.

Happy baking and enjoy!

 

The Not So Perfect Housewife

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A really catchy blog title, and a perfect Rodelle Brand Ambassador! Mikki writes the lifestyle blog, The Not So Perfect Housewife and has some great content! You’ll find healthy recipes for every meal of the day that we can all use in our daily lives. We recommend checking out Mikki’s recipes and staying for the life tips and vacation posts.

Mikki recently shared a couple of recipes with our Organic Baking Cocoa that we are completely smitten with: Double Dark No Bake Cookies and Double Chocolate Nice Cream. Both of Mikki’s latest recipes showcase how important adding quality ingredients to your recipes is. When you use fewer, healthy (and clean) ingredients, each ingredient really impacts the overall flavor of your dish. Double Chocolate Nice Cream is delicious and healthy. Instead of your typical dairy-base ice cream, “Nice Cream” recipes traditionally call for frozen bananas or another frozen fruit to add the substance of the dessert.

Mikki says in her post, “A cocoa powder aficionado I do not consider myself. I have never been particularly picky about my cocoa powders. I didn’t realized that there was really all that different of a taste. That was, until I started cooking with Rodelle’s Baking Cocoa. Oh my! This cocoa powder has such a rich chocolate taste and makes any recipe you add it to just pop with flavor.”

We are so flattered by the high praise from Mikki and hope that you’ll try out her recipe for Double Chocolate Nice Cream or the Double Dark No Bake Cookies – or, better yet, both recipes!

Enjoy the desserts first, life is too short!