Keep your Finger on the Pulse of 2016!

Shiloh Farms Organic Split Peas + Red Split Lentils

Did you hear? 2016 has been declared the International Year of Pulses, and we here at Shiloh Farms couldn’t be more excited!

What are pulses?

So you might be wondering, what exactly are pulses? Well, believe it or not, you are probably already a fan and have likely been keeping your pantry stocked with them for years! Pulses are a class of legumes primarily grown for their dried seed. They count among their ranks such favorites as lentils, dried peas and many varieties of dried beans.

Why are they important?

Rich in nutrients (including fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates, and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals), pulses have a multitude of culinary uses. A staple this time of year in soups and stews, pulses are also a welcome addition to salads, spreadscasseroles, veggie burgers, and so much more. Mashed or ground into a flour, they can even be added to breads, brownies, and other baked goods!

Pulses are also very important from an agricultural standpoint. They are vital to effective crop rotation, as they act as natural fertilizers by helping to fix nitrogen (an essential element for life) in the soil. Even better, pulses are a hearty and highly sustainable crop, typically requiring far less water to grow than other agricultural products.

Try them!

Shiloh Farms is proud to offer over 18 pulse varieties, all Certified Organic and 25% off through the end of January! Among those available:

Adzuki Beans: These small, red beans have a nutty, sweet flavor, making them a versatile addition to both sweet and savory dishes. A rich source of protein, fiber, and minerals, adzuki beans are particulary high in iron, magnesium, and folic acid.

Black Eyed Peas:  A staple in the Southern diet for over 300 years, black-eyed peas have long been associated with good luck. What is definitely lucky is their abundance of nutrients, including protein, fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium, and B Vitamins.

Garbanzo Beans: High in protein, fiber, and a variety of vitamins and minerals (including potassium, magnesium, zinc, and folate), garbanzo beans (or chickpeas) have been a staple of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and African cuisines for centuries.

Green Lentils: Generally no more than ¼” in diameter, green lentils pack a nutritional wallop despite their small size. High in dietary fiber, B Vitamins, and a variety of minerals, lentils are behind only soybeans among legumes in their protein content by mass!

Looking for something a bit different? Why not consider our PureLiving Sprouted Garbanzo, Green Lentil, or Black Bean Flours? Already sprouted and milled for your convenience, they wonderfully unique way to incorporate pulses into your diet!

Shiloh Farms has a New Look for the New Year!

With the close of one year and the start of another, for many this is the perfect time to take stock and assess where they’ve been and where they are going. At Shiloh Farms, we’re no different and we’ve been thinking a lot lately about our history, the heritage that is still very much a part of who we are today, and the many possibilities that the future holds. We’ve got some big changes in store for 2016 and hope that you will be just as thrilled by them as we are. Here’s to another year of exploring these exciting, new opportunities together!

Shiloh Farms has a new look in the New Year!

We’ve got a fresh, new look for the New Year! Perhaps you’ve already seen our packaging, but if not, you likely will soon. We’re very excited to share it with everyone and are confident that the changes we’ve made will help us to serve you even better! Check out some of our updates and new features in the infographic above (click for larger view) and feel free to contact us with any questions or comments!

Start the Day Off Right with Oatmeal!

Shiloh Farms Organic Rolled Oats

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can be a challenge to find time in the mornings to make something that is both filling and nourishing. To help make sure that you start each day off right, we’re sharing a few interesting spins on an all-time breakfast favorite – oatmeal!

The oatmeal with which you are probably most familiar is old-fashioned, or rolled, oats. Shiloh Farms Organic Rolled Oats have a mild, nutty flavor and are ready in just 10 minutes. Plus, they are packed with nutrition, providing 40 grams of whole grain, 6 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber per serving!

Shiloh Farms Steel Cut Oats have a hearty, chewy texture that make them a great and filling food to kick-start your day. They offer even more fiber (5 grams) and whole grains (43 grams) per serving, but take longer to cook, which can be difficult first thing in the morning. To save time and keep things moving, we have a few tips to reduce the cook time for this delicious hot cereal:

  • Sleep Tight: Soak the steel cut oats overnight. Before going to bed, boil 4 cups of water in a pot, turn off the heat and add 1 cup of oats. Cover the pot and leave to sit overnight. In the morning, reheat the oats over a low heat for 9-12 minutes.
  • Pre-Toast: Place the steel cut oats in a preheated 300°F oven for approximately 20 minutes. Let cool and place the oats in a tightly covered container and store in a cool place. When you are ready to prepare your meal, the toasted oats will cook in half the time.
  • Cut Corners: Place the oats, raw or pre-toasted, in a food processor. A few turns of the metal blade will break up the grains and reduce the cooking time by at least 5 minutes.
  • Be Prepared: One trick is to prepare five days’ worth of steel cut oats in advance. This can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator and used as needed. To reheat, just add a serving of cooked oats and a little liquid to a pan, cover, and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.

So what do you do once you have your oats cooked? While filling and nourishing, a plain bowl of oatmeal can be a little bland. However, it is a great base for layering other flavors and textures, so get creative! Here are a few our favorite oatmeal mix-ins that  keep things interesting and ensure that no two bowls are exactly alike:

Stir together and enjoy!

Shiloh Farms Oatmeal with Sour Red Cherries & Pistachios