Can you define the smell of the holidays? Almost certainly, you can, and even more certainly, that smell has something to do with food.

No matter the holiday, no matter the family celebrating and no matter the main course, the holidays make people think about food. Specifically dessert. What delicious meal are you salivating over right now? The mere mention of the holidays undoubtedly made your mouth water a little for something. What is it for you?

For many, we can start with cookies. Delectable sugar cookies, for starters, which require sugar (obviously), flour, baking soda, an egg, vanilla extract and whatever special touches the baker uses to separate her batch from the rest.

When sugar cookies are topped with frosting, sprinkles or other sweets, they become even more appealing.

The commercial food manufacturers we are honored to work with know every family has its own traditions and holiday staples, which is why they rely on Bremer Authentic Ingredients for all the flours, sugars, sprinkles and everything else that defines the sights and smells of the holidays.

Pies, Pastries and Cakes

Pumpkin pie and apple pie get most of the glory at Thanksgiving, but there’s a lot to be said for a cherry pie, blueberry pie or whatever satiating concoction graces your dinner table every year. To make the best pie possible, you need the best crust possible, which means you need the best flour possible. Butters, sugars and a little salt make the simplest recipe taste irresistibly good.

Are you into sweeter items like pastries and cakes? Sweet frosting, fluffy frosting, no frosting?  There are essential desserts at every family’s table. If they’re missing, even for a single year, it’s a noticeable void. That’s why you see the grocery-store aisles packed with options from your favorite brands.

All this talk about the holidays and desserts undoubtedly has you looking forward to some sort of mouthwatering masterpiece. What is it in your family?

Pumpkin Spice – It’s More Than a Latte

It’s a wonderful time of year for coffee magnates large and small. Customers pack their stores daily, paying any price for the succulent taste of the latest pumpkin-spice latte. Autumn has a way of telling people it’s not only okay, but necessary, to bask in the enticing, savory flavor of pumpkin spice.

But why do fancy coffee drinks get all the love? We enjoy a good latte, too, but pumpkin spice can do so much more.

The Pumpkin Beer Craze

Craft beer’s boon continues to swell, and as seasons change, breweries try to find their signature brew to accompany its devotees. When fall arrives, so do the pumpkin beers and the droves of people looking to imbibe. Right here in Bremer’s home of West Michigan, people clamor for New Holland Brewing’s Ichabod the moment they can get their hands on it, and that’s just one of hundreds of pumpkin beers available locally, nationally and internationally.

Pumpkin Spice Beer - New Holland

Just like the pumpkin-spice latte has become associated with changing leaves, so too has the pumpkin beer.

Not everyone who likes coffee likes beer, and vice versa, and yet lines are out the door to get both, so what’s the correlation? Pumpkin spice, of course.

Pumpkin Spice Makes (Almost) Anything Better

The human senses are powerful. A familiar sound or scent conjures memories and moods, sometimes inexplicably. Pumpkin spice is quintessential to leaves changing, a crispness in the air and all things autumn. The power of the spice comes from its incomparable blend: nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.

Those four spices alone will entice, but when combined, they’re irresistible. That’s why we’re seeing people add pumpkin spice to yogurt, oatmeal and pancakes.

Energy bars now have a hint of pumpkin. Spiced nuts tout the pumpkin. Flavored butter, whipped cream and other condiments have joined the craze. We’ve even seen people creating delicious pumpkin ravioli dishes or using the spice to roast vegetables.

Browse the aisles at your local grocery store and you will see scores of products that either feature pumpkin spice or include pumpkin spice in some quantity.

Yes, pumpkin spice makes for a tasty latte. But it also deserves recognition for everything else it enhances. How do you use pumpkin spice? 

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What is Lecithin?

A soybean-based emulsifier or lubricant. Actually, lecithin can be derived from a number of different animal and plant tissues, but soybean oil is one of its primary sources. Sunflower oil is also gaining popularity as a source for lecithin. Let’s take a deep dive into the science behind this ingredient.

Lecithin consists of fatty substances within tissues and can be found in all cellular organisms. Because it can easily be extracted mechanically or chemically, lecithin is readily available for a number of different uses.

What Does Soy Lecithin Do?

Lecithin is quite the versatile ingredient, and can be used either as a food additive or in food preparation as an emulsifier or lubricant.

For instance, the chocolate in a candy bar doesn’t separate because of lecithin. Nonstick cooking spray is non-sticking because of lecithin.

Soy Lecithin as a Food Additive

Foodies like lecithin because it’s a naturally occurring emulsifier that is safe to ingest. That doesn’t mean it’s immune to genetically modified organisms (GMO), because genetically modified crops will also produce lecithin. However, because lecithin is processed, the difference between being derived from an organic crop and genetically modified crop is virtually undetectable.

Still, we understand the importance of knowing where your food originates. When working with Bremer Authentic Ingredients, you’ll know from where the lecithin is derived and which specific type of lecithin works best for your applications.

Select Other Lecithin Uses:

  • Protective coat for paint and ink
  • Color intensifier
  • Rust inhibitor
  • Dietary supplement (choline)
  • Anti-sludge additive in motor lubricants

Interested in other food additives? Connect With Us Today – We Can Help.

The annual Great Lakes Section IFT Supplier’s Exhibit and Wine Dinner happens this year on Wednesday April 30, 2014. Click Here to learn more about the event.

You can find us in booth #29 right near the main entrance and registration area. Join us for the Wine Dinner afterward at Yarrow Golf & Conference Resort where we’ll experience great pairings of food and wine assembled by Great Lakes Wine & Spirits.

Bremer is a proud sponsor of the IFT event.