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Sesame Spice Profile


Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 7/24/18

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What is Sesame?

Sesame is a tall annual herb which flourishes in warm climates. It grows to a height of 2 - 4 feet, producing beautiful pink to white flowers and pod type fruits. Within these pods, the familiar oval-shaped sesame seeds are found. The seeds are covered by a fibrous hull that has a range of color from yellowish white to red, brown and even black. When ripe, the seed pods are very fragile in nature tending to burst open easily and scatter small seeds. For this reason, sesame must be harvested by hand even today. Mechanical harvesting would decrease yields significantly due to shattering pods. One explanation for the literary classic Ali Baba’s phrase “Open sesame!” is symbolic of the sudden “opening” or bursting of the sesame seed pod at the slightest touch.

It is interesting to note that sesame is cultivated more for its oil than for its use as a seed spice. Approximately 50% of the seed’s volume is a virtually colorless and tasteless fixed oil. It is an excellent source of polyunsaturated fats and is used extensively in the production of margarine, salad dressings and even as a cooking oil.

What is it used for today?

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Sesame is typically used in its whole form, alone, as a topping for bread or rolls. However, it has also found its way into a small number of blended seasonings for the bakery and other segments.

To learn more about the spices and seasonings that Fuchs has to offer, click here. Our experts are ready to educate your team on all things spices and seasonings. To find out more, contact us


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Why Switch to Seasoning Blends?


Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 6/26/18

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A common dilemma some of our customers face is deciding whether they should buy individual spices and ingredients from us, or a complete blend. It might be a tough choice for some because they’ve always ordered individual ingredients, while for others, it might not even occur to them that it would be a lot easier to buy complete blends. To us, the choice seems simple: purchasing complete blends saves you time, money and a whole lot of hassle. Here’s a look at some of the reasons why blends make more sense.

Labor: As we wrote about in a recent blog, companies have been struggling to find and retain employees, resulting in higher wages and more incentives. This has impacted the food industry; a recent Dairy Foods Magazine poll revealed that 77% of respondents reported their company as struggling to find employees, retain employees, or both. Save yourself the time, trouble and cost of finding employees to manage and blend individual ingredients.

Quality: With buying blends, you can ensure more consistent and accurate quality control. Individual ingredients leave too much room for variation, and there’s an increased risk of error when measuring out ingredients. Keep things consistent with blends.

Time: Blends help save time across the board. It takes less time to order one ingredient than multiple ingredients, less time dedicated to inventory management is required, and you don’t need to worry about the time it takes to measure out ingredients and blend them in-house.

The benefits of ordering blends don’t stop there. Blends also reduce waste, save space, free up resources, and reduce ingredient delays. Even a “simple” seasoning like lemon pepper consists of at least 12 individual ingredients. Why have those taking up space in your warehouse when you could just have one complete blend? To read our complete list of the advantages of buying complete seasoning blends, click here.

Switching to blends allows you to capitalize on our expertise – and save in the process. Our customers have saved up to 15% by switching to blends. Contact us for a customized estimate to see how much you can save.


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Mustard Spice Profile


Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 6/19/18

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What is Mustard?

Several varieties of mustard are native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region, having been highly valued by the Romans thousands of years ago. Its medicinal uses were primarily as a liniment, poultice and emetic. The first documented attempts to prepare mustard seed for table use came from Durham, England where it was discovered that mustard was easier to use if ground to a fine powder similar to wheat flour. The pale yellow powder that was subsequently produced by milling and sifting mustard seed became the first commercially available mustard flour and was appropriately named “Durham Mustard.”

Mustard plants thrive in cool, temperate areas. The primary sources of North American mustard are the northern plains of the United States and the central provinces of Canada where plants grow 2 - 3 feet high and produce small, bright yellow flowers. Mustard seed is harvested and processed much like wheat to produce ground mustard seed, mustard bran and mustard flours. The two main types of mustard used are yellow mustard, Brassica hirta, and oriental mustard, Brassica juncea. Oriental mustard is used mainly for its pungent “mouth heat,” while yellow mustard is typically used for its numerous functionalities including emulsification, antioxidant properties, texture, color and flavor enhancements.

What is it used for today?

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In addition to the prepared condiments known as mustard (including hot, Oriental style), ground yellow mustard is a principal component of hot dogs and other meats due to its emulsion and binding properties. The finer yellow mustard flour is essential to many salad dressing/mayonnaise seasonings for texture and flavor improvements. Mustard based seasonings such as honey mustard
are used in everything from snack foods to cooking sauces.

To learn more about the spices and seasonings that Fuchs has to offer, click here. Our experts are ready to educate your team on all things spices and seasonings. To find out more, contact us


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Sage Spice Profile


Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 6/5/18

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What is Sage?

As with many other spices, sage has historically been used more for its medicinal benefits than for its culinary attributes. Its botanical genus, Salvia, is actually derived from the Latin salvere meaning to save or to heal. Among other powers, sage was believed to be a cure for snake bites, headaches, fevers, epilepsy, itching and even stress. During the Middle Ages, the Salerno School of Medicine in Italy coined the then-popular phrase, “Cur moriatur homo cui salvia crescit in horto?” (How can any man die who grows sage in his garden?)

Among the hundreds of species of sage, Salvia officinalis is known as “garden sage.” It is a hardy, low shrub evergreen of the mint family and is indigenous to the Mediterranean region. Tiny hairs covering the oblong leaves of the sage plant add to their gray-green appearance. Above the leaves, flowers bloom during the second year of the plant’s growth in hues from pale blue to purple. It is during this second year through the fourth year that sage leaf harvests are most abundant. Older plants often become too large and woody, and new plantings are started again after 4 - 5 years.

What is it used for today?

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As an ingredient, sage is found most often in pork sausage seasonings as a common flavor profile in the United States. It is also a component of many poultry-related blends such as stuffings and gravies.

To learn more about the spices and seasonings that Fuchs has to offer, click here. Our experts are ready to educate your team on all things spices and seasonings. To find out more, contact us


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Meet Elizabeth Lindemer

Fuchs’ Corporate Executive Chef

“As the chef for Fuchs North America, I have the opportunity to share my passion for food with our customers and help them overcome their culinary challenges every day.”

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