On Sale Now: Locally Made Envirokidz

SVFCKoalaBuying local is even easier when locally made products go on sale! Look for great deals on Nature’s Path Envirokidz line of organic, gluten free, and non-GMO cereals and granola bars in our Grocery Department.

Nature’s Path’s crispy rice bars 6oz. packages – Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Berry Blast, and Peanut Choco Drizzle – are regularly $4.35 each, now on sale for $2.99! Their popular Envirokidz 14oz. cereals — Panda Puffs, Gorilla Munch, Amazon Frosted Flakes and Koala Crisps — are regularly $4.55, and now on sale for $3.39! Don’t miss this chance to stock up on these tasty pantry staples.

Located just across the border in Richmond, B.C., Nature’s Path is a family-owned and -operated company that produces an impressive array of natural and organic whole grain foods. Here’s their back story: In 1971 Arran Stephens founded Canada’s first health food store. Read more On Sale Now: Locally Made Envirokidz …

Skagit Brew Corner: Guide to Autumn Ales & Ciders

SVFCOktoberfestPyrIt’s official: fall is here. From crispy amber leaves to cool evening breezes, the Pacific Northwest is in full on autumnal mode. Drink accordingly and catch some of these delicious microbrews while you can. Most seasonal beers and ciders are limited releases.

Browse this handy guide to delicious fall beers and ciders with the following information: ABV = alcohol by volume; IBU = international bittering units (the higher the number of IBUs, the more bitter the beer)

Oktoberfest from Pyramid Brewing of Seattle/Portland/Berkeley – 6.7% ABV / 35 IBU. This strong, malty Marzen-style beer is brewed with a bouquet of Northwest Nugget and Mt. Hood hops and handful of flavorful malts including Pilsner, Munich, Carapils, CaraRed, and Caramel. With 35 IBUs, it’s a zippy unfiltered Oktoberfest with a hazy, deep amber color and higher than average alcohol content for typical harvest ales. Try serving this craft beer with hearty Co-op Handmade Sausage, from our basic Mild Italian Sausage to spicier Andouille and Chicaoji varieties. Saute the sausage, sliced onions, and sauerkraut in 1 cup Pyramid Oktoberfest for a delicious and flavorful meal.

SVFCPumkingCiderPumking Imperial Ale from Southern Tier Brewing of Lakewood, NY. 8.6% ABV / 25 IBU. One of the most magical pumpkin flavored ales I’ve ever tried. This year’s release is no exception. Crack open one of these 22oz. bottles and you’ll catch a whiff of honest to goodness pumpkin pie. One sip reveals tastes of whipped cream, hearty pumpkin flesh, and modest spicing. Toasted pecans? Vanilla? Buttery crust? Yes, these layers of superb flavors keep on going until the bottle is gone. So stock up, Pumking is an extremely limited release, and will age well due to its high alcohol content. A slower drinking, savoring beer, try this Imperial ale with desserts such as gingered apple crisp or the original pumpkin pie. Many beer snobs will agree that Pumking is truly a dessert in itself.

Pumpkin Spice Hard Cider from Seattle Cider Company – 6.9% ABV. An outstanding locally crafted seasonal cider from the first cidery in the city of Seattle since Prohibition. Seattle Cider Company is also a sister company of Two Beers, makers of the popular Evolution IPA. This moderately spiced hard apple cider is made from handpicked Pacific Northwest apples and is fermented with a blend of nutmeg, clove, allspice, and cinnamon. A touch of pumpkin helps to round out the warming spices and tart sweetness of fresh pressed Granny Smith, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Gala apples. Copper in color and semi-sweet, pair this seasonal cider with sharp cheddar, carrot cake, and roasted pork loin. Read more Skagit Brew Corner: Guide to Autumn Ales & Ciders …

The Joy of Cooking with Rice Noodles

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Different styles of rice noodles available in the Co-op’s Grocery Department.

Oh, rice noodles, the things you can do! Many gluten-free families are familiar with the versatility and neutral flavor of these noodles to make comfort food classics, as well as ethnic dishes with exciting flavor combinations.

Rice Noodles are more delicate than their wheat-based counterparts. Commonly used in stir-frys and spring rolls, rice noodles are easy to prepare.

How to Cook Rice Noodles:

Place your rice noodles in a large mixing bowl. Bring a large pot of water to boil, and then pour the boiling water over the noodles until the noodles are submerged. Every minute or two, give the noodles a stir to loosen and prevent them from sticking together. Test the texture frequently, as the noodles will get mushy if they overcook. Thicker, flat rice noodles can take up to 10 minutes to cook, whereas the Maifun thin noodles will tenderize in just a few minutes. If you are using noodles for stir-fry, under cook them a bit since they’ll be absorbing oil. When finished, drain noodles, and toss with sauce or a bit of sesame oil to prevent sticking.

This week, we asked several Co-op staffers to share the many joys of cooking with rice noodles:

Jen, Prep Cook and Caterer, eats gluten-free and uses rice noodles as a base for many meals for her family. “I keep an assortment of veggies in the freezer and rice noodles are my go-to for making Phad Thai or basic stir-frys with tamari sauce. I also cook the noodles and dress them with the Co-op’s own Peanut Curry Sauce (made in-house), plus some Deli fresh Chicken Yaki and stir-fried onions, carrots, broccoli and cabbage.” Read more The Joy of Cooking with Rice Noodles …

The Cheese Whisperer: Going Wilde

OscarWildeChsThe latest temptation at the Co-op’s Cheese Island takes a turn for the poetic: Oscar Wilde Aged Irish Cheddar. Oscar Wilde was a witty writer who dazzled the British Isles with his poems and prose in the later half of the 1800s. Celebrate his life and work with this semi-dry, tangy, aged Irish Cheddar from the Poets and Writers of Ireland Cheese Company.

Oscar Wilde Cheddar is aged for 2 years in Ireland’s dairy heartland, County Cork. With a distinct creamy flavor, this cheese is made from farm-fresh cow’s milk from multi-generation family farms. Cattle are pasture-fed for most (at least 300 days) of the year, including during the milking season.

Wilde’s most popular plays are still enjoyed today on stage and screen, including “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “An Ideal Husband.” During his lifetime, he was also believed to be an expert on food and wine. In addition to a host of memorable quotes, he famously said: “I can’t stand people who do not take food seriously.”

This natural white cheddar has a semi-firm texture and pairs well with eggs, fresh fruit, Dalmatia fig spread, and toasted Marcona almonds (available in the Co-op Deli To Go case). Spice and sweetness accent the creamy notes of Oscar Wilde Cheddar, so try it crumbled over apple cobbler for a simply divine experience. The cheese also makes an excellent companion to dark beer. Refresh your palate and pair this delightful tangy cheddar with the rich, roasted flavors of Lost Coast Brewing’s 8 Ball Oatmeal Stout, Ninkasi’s Vanilla Oatis Stout, or the classic Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout.

 

 

New Feature: The Bounty of Bulk

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A world of wonderful bulk items!

Oh, the Co-op’s Bulk Department. A mysterious, magical place of over 650 items, many of them organic, including flours, grains, dried cereals, pasta, teas, herbs, and coffee. Because the Bulk Department can be a confusing place — even for those of us who work here — we’ve decided to start a new web & e-newsletter feature to get you (and us) better acquainted with all that Bulk has to offer. Each post (save this one), we’ll focus on a particular section of the Bulk Department (i.e. liquids, or herbs), and give you a few insider pairing recommendations from staff and customers.

Bulk Teaser: Get a bit of our grind-your-own almond butter (bulk #0350), and a few (ahem, many) dried unsulphered Black Mission figs (bulk #7763). Dip figs in the almond butter. Devour. Bliss!

Shopping in bulk is a great way to save money, reduce packaging waste (by bringing your own container), and buying exactly what you need. We’ve got the best selection of bulk foods around — from whole foods, staple ingredients, snacks, and more for your pantry.

Stop by and meet our bulk specialist Ian or another grocery representative. We are happy to help you find what you need and address any questions  comments or concerns.

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Use the handy scale to weigh up reusable containers.

Buying in bulk is an interactive experience. Here’s how it works: Select the item you want, take what you need and write down the bulk bin number on your container. If you bring your own container from home (we encourage it!), please include its tare weight by using our handy scale, located underneath the almond and peanut butter grinders. Use the designated oil pen and mark your tare weight on the container — it’s that simple! Or you can use the plastic bags or containers that we have on hand throughout the department.

Our Bulk Department is extensive and offers many certified organic and gluten-free options. We offer bulk baking flours and sweeteners, dried fruits, beans, rice, soup mixes, salt, chocolate, grains, cereal, and granola. That’s not all — we also have nuts, seeds, and naturally sweetened snacks and candies. View our entire list of our Bulk Grocery List here. Read more New Feature: The Bounty of Bulk …