by: Carl Haakenstad, Bulk Buyer
As you read this, most likely the air outside is chilly and the holiday season is rapidly approaching. I don’t want to worry you, but do you know what that means? It’s time to get out your baking sheets, rolling pins, and cookie cutters to bake up a storm. As winter slowly sets in, it’s the perfect time to enjoy cookies, pies, or whole grain breads fresh from the oven. The holiday season is also the time of year for families to gather in the kitchen and continue the culinary traditions they have passed on for generations.
Baking and cooking traditions are as different as the families they come from. But, no matter what you are making, good food always starts with quality ingredients. The Oneota Co-op bulk department is the perfect place to find quality ingredients at a reasonable price. We offer the basics like white and whole wheat flours, brown, white, and raw sugar, and a variety of oats and other grain flours. We also offer specialty ingredients such as barley or brown rice flours, molasses, raw honey, almond and vanilla extract. We also have quality, value-priced, bulk herbs and spices. From cinnamon to anise and cardamom pods, you can find it in the bulk herb and spice section.
This year, shake up the family traditions, or start your own by trying something different. Bake up a hearty loaf of Pumpernickel Rye bread using Bob’s Red Mill’s Pumpernickel Rye Meal. (look for a Pumpernickel Rye bread recipe coming soon to the bulk counter). Or try using honey or agave nectar to sweeten your holiday cookies and pastries. Agave nectar is a great sweetener if someone in your family is diabetic. It has a low glycemic index, and thus does not cause a quick rise in blood sugar like some other sweeteners. So fret not, holiday sweets might not be off-limits after all.
Whatever your family tradition, remember the most important part of the holidays is the time spent with family and friends. Make memories to last a lifetime.