Celebrate Slow Cooking Month

January is Slow Cooking Month - Visit ShilohFarms.com for recipes & ideas!

January has been designated “Slow Cooking Month”, typically a time to share tried & true slow-cooker recipes (and believe us, we are big fans of this handy appliance). Here at Shiloh Farms, it is also an ideal opportunity to highlight the idea of “Slow Food” – dishes made from scratch using whole food ingredients and traditional techniques.

Many of us have treasured memories centered around the kitchen: stories shared around the kitchen counter, cherished recipes passed through the generations, and aromas and flavors that transport us to a specific place and time. However, in this age of on-the-go living, many of these traditions are being lost in favor of fast food, grab and go, and heat and serve.

There is certainly a place for these convenient options (no one has the time to make a meal from scratch every night!), but during these slow days of winter, why not take a lazy Saturday or quiet Sunday and try your hand at making Traditional Red Beans & Rice, cooked low and slow on the stovetop; forego the instant oatmeal in favor of a hearty, whole grain breakfast; or ditch the packaged mix and bake a cake from scratch instead? You may just find that the time spent, and memories made, will make the finished product taste even better!

To start you on your “Slow Food” journey, we’ve taken 25% off our Heirloom Grains, Beans, and PureLiving Sprouted Flours! Stop by ShilohFarms.com through January and save!

January: Save 25% on Heirloom Grains, Beans, & Flours from Shiloh Farms & PureLiving!

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, crackers, and other baked goods (even brownies!).

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 and PureLiving are proud to offer over 20 pulse varieties, all Certified Organic, Kosher, and Non-GMO! 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 try our PureLiving Sprouted Garbanzo or Lentil Flours? Already sprouted and milled for your convenience, they are a wonderfully unique way to incorporate pulses into your diet!

Soup Month Goodness

Chicken Corn Chowder with PureLiving Sprouted Flour

Did you know that January is Soup Month? At Shiloh Farms, we’ve been celebrating on our Facebook page all week by sharing tips for achieving the perfect pot of soup and some great recipes that we can’t wait to try out ourselves. Today we are contributing a recipe of our own – a hearty Chicken Corn Chowder made with PureLiving Sprouted Brown Rice Flour. As simple to make as it is delicious, this filling soup is sure to become a favorite! Visit PureLiving for this and other great recipes.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page all week long for more Soup Month goodness and keep an eye out for a Facebook-exclusive offer to save 40% on all Legumes at Shiloh Farms!