PRODUCTS OF THE WEEK: Raw Chocolate, Spicy Sea Salt & Compostable Drinking Straws
Our favorite products of the week, in alphabetical order:
1. A. VOGEL SPICY SEA SALT
Add extra heat and spice to your your recipes: Pep up grilled food, Mexican, Italian and other recipes. Or simply shake some heat onto grains, fruits and vegetables.
A. Vogel advises: Add seasoned salts after cooking for enhanced taste (i.e., so the flavor doesn’t “cook out”).
A. Vogel products are available nationwide at health food stores and online retailers. They are certified kosher by KSA, Non-GMO, Eco Cert, and Biologique Canada.
Discover more at AVogelUSA.com
2. FINE & RAW CHOCOLATE BARS
Fine & Raw is a line of hip, small-batch, artisan chocolate bars that are a delectable alternative to processed chocolate.
The raw food movement does not process food at temperatures higher than 118°F, in order to preserve the nutrients.
The cacao beans are barely heated, ripening some of the flavors but leaving the taste of raw (unroasted) cacao beans. No dairy is used; the bars are vegan.
Coconut sugar was chosen as the sweetener, because it enhances the rich, deep flavors of cacao—and has much more nutritional value than cane sugar. (It does not taste like coconut.)
The creamy one-ounce bars—some two ounces—are available in fab flavors:
3. REPURPOSE COMPOSTABLES: COMPOSTABLE STRAWS THAT PERFORM LIKE PLASTIC
Repurpose is a line of eco-friendly, sustainable tableware that keeps plastic waste out of the landfill. They are 100% compostable, so they break down in months, not millennia.
The products are made exclusively from plants, and are durable, BPA-free and guilt-free renewable alternatives.
The material used is ingeo, made from carbon stored in plants during photosynthesis, in the form of dextrose sugar.
The latest addition to the line is drinking straws—and yes, they are flexible (they bend towards the top), and won’t crack or break. They have the same look and feel as plastic straws.
With recent press about the plastic straws, we know that Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day, enough to fill 46,400 school buses every year (source)!
While major restaurant chains and other foodservice outlets are putting plans in place to end the practice, you can start immediately. They’re available on Amazon.
See the rest of the line at RepurposeCompostables.com.