Monday, June 18, 2007

Cooking Club of America Awards Watkins Organic Black Pepper Seal of Approval

Watkins USDA Certified 100% Organic Black Pepper has received the Cooking Club of America's Member Tested and Recommended Seal of Approval. Over 600 Cooking Club members tested the pepper in October and November and rated it on the following criteria: quality, appearance, ease of use/preparation, clarity of instructions, effectiveness, performance, versatility, uniqueness and, rated against similar products, food flavor.

Black pepper is the world's most important spice, being vital to cuisines throughout the world. Watkins Organic Black Pepper is created from specifically-selected organic peppercorns with high essential oil content from Sri Lanka.

Watkins Incorporated, known around the world for its quality spices and flavorings, has a line of USDA certified 100% organic spices available at Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

Cooking Club of America members added Watkins Organic Black Pepper to their favorite recipes including steak, chicken, ribs, pork chops, salads, vegetables, gravy, marinades, eggs, sandwiches, casseroles, soups and even on cottage cheese!

Many of the respondents indicated that its distinctive packaging, delicate and unique flavor, taste and fragrant aroma, in addition to the Watkins name, made it superior to others they have used in the past. Here is a sample of the rave reviews:

"The first powder black pepper I've tried that has a great taste and aroma."

"I love this pepper. It smells absolutely wonderful and tastes great."

"Great flavor. Crisp and well-blended. Not overpowering."

"I don't know how they do it! It's organic!"

"I was so impressed with the Watkins Organic Black Pepper. When I tasted it I thought I was tasting fresh ground pepper straight from my pepper mill."

Following is an example of a tasty recipe that can be made with Watkins Organic Black Pepper called Watkins Peppered Fish Filets.

Watkins Peppered Fish Filets Recipe

1/2 tbsp Watkins Organic Black Pepper
1 1/4 tsp Watkins Organic Ginger1 tsp seasoning salt
2 lbs fish filets (any white fish, thaw if frozen)
1/4 cup melted butter
Lemon slices and fresh parsley for garnish
Tin Foil Cooking Spray

Grilling Directions:
Preheat grill. Lightly spray tin foil with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine pepper, ginger and seasoning salt. Press lightly into both sides of fish filets. Arrange filets in a single layer on tin foil. Drizzle with butter. Grill until fish is opaque, about 15 minutes. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley. Drizzle with juices.

J.R. Watkins 100% USDA Approved Organic Spices Available at Wal-Mart

The American consumer's demand for organic products is on the rise. Mainstream supermarkets are expanding their organic selections to include fruits, vegetables, meat, and poultry. And while many Americans will spend extra money to buy organic products, when they cook them, they add spices that are not. Watkins Incorporated, known around the world for its quality spices and flavorings, has a line of USDA certified 100% organic spices available at Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

The first organic line of spices to be launched nationally in their trademark gold medal tin, Watkins organic spices don't contain fillers like sugar, synthetic anti-caking agents, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives that may be found in conventional spices. The 19 organic spices available at retailare: Black Pepper, Nutmeg, Chili Powder, Cumin, Paprika, Oregano, Ginger, Dry Mustard, Cinnamon, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Thyme, Basil, Rosemary, Curry Powder, Sage, Ground Cloves, Parsley, and Dill. The colorful, old- fashioned tins increase the shelf life of the spices and are decorative enough to leave on the kitchen counter. The suggested retail price ranges from$4.99 - $6.49.

In 1868, entrepreneur J.R. Watkins founded the J.R. Watkins Medical Company in Plainview, Minnesota, giving birth to one of America's first natural apothecary companies. Since then, Watkins has gained a reputation around the world for its quality spices and flavorings. Vanilla, the crown jewel of Watkins' popular line of extracts, has made the company a household name for decades. Watkins was the first company ever to give a money back guarantee on its products. For more information, visit

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