Watkins Products Monthly Customer Newsletter with Tips & Recipes
February 2006

Cupid... aaahhhh February,
the month of Love!

We hope that you and your special Valentine have a wonderful celebration of this very special time!

Cupid... and what a perfect time to think "Watkins"!!  With all of our unique and special gift ideas, the heart you love most will be sure to beat a little faster with a little help from good old J.R. Watkins!  Pamper each other with an extra special dinner made even more delicious with Watkins gourmet spices, seasonings and condiments - and then pamper each other a little more with Watkins Vanilla personal care products - scented with real Watkins Vanilla!  We guarantee a Valentine's Day to remember!

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The 'Comeback' Phenomenon!

On January 19, 2006, the Philadelphia Enquirer published an article that states, "In the last 20 years or so, Americans have doubled their spice consumption from two to four pounds a person - and the trend appears nowhere near slowing.

Watkins Product - Herbs and SpicesThis is no surprise to us at Watkins where we have won Gold Medals for our spice and herb preparations.  Spices have been valuable for centuries and were highly coveted riches of Kings and Rulers.  At Watkins we guarantee that the quality of our spices and herbs will be the best you've tasted - and we search the world over to ensure the best crops from the most desirable regions are what make it to your table - free of 'fillers' and processed to ensure the maximum amount of essential oil possible.

The article goes on to state:

"And it's not just in the Philadelphia region. Last year, the Smithsonian Institution added a spice component to its 39th annual Folklife Festival on the National Mall.  And the Culinary Institute of America convened 600 chefs and foodies at its Napa Valley campus last November for its eighth annual Worlds of Flavor conference, with three days of seminars dedicated to spices and seasonings.  A fascination with foods from far corners of the world has played out on food shows, in glossy food magazines, and in restaurants from haute cuisine to fast-food taco joints. That's how Herta Ginsburgs of the Spice Corner in the Italian Market explains the surge.  "Ten years ago people were buying mostly basics - oregano, thyme, basil, parsley and pepper with some curry and mustards.  "Now they are buying a lot of curry, a lot of cumin and coriander. And cardamom, a spice that we used to sit on for a long time - now I can hardly keep up with the demand."  As ethnic groups have increasingly permeated America's cities and suburbs, they have introduced their cuisines and their spices in neighborhood restaurants.  "American tastes have changed incredibly," says Ann Wilder, founder and president of Vanns Spices Ltd., the Baltimore-based firm that many in the food business rate as the country's best source of quality spices.  I can remember when Americans ate only basics like standing rib roast or lamb."  Now more and more people are eating Thai, Indian, and Vietnamese food, to name just a few.  Some consumers, she says, are responding to the antioxidant and other perceived health benefits of spices.  Turmeric, for instance, is deemed a digestive aid and is said to have antibacterial, antiviral properties.  Also, many people are using more spices and less salt for flavor.  But Wilder believes it's the taste for ethnic cuisine that has triggered the explosion in sales of less familiar spices."

For eon's, all people had to rely on as "medicine" was what they had available - herbs and plants.  These ancient traditions were passed down from generation to generation and the knowledge was continually built on as people discovered more and more Pillsbenefits.  When large pharmeceutical companies took over that place in medicine, many of the old traditions were "pooh-poohed" as antiquated and outdated.  Today, with so many warnings being placed on drugs that we have come to trust and new ones that claimed to be the best thing since sliced bread, many people are again looking to the old ways of thinking that got us this far.  Here are a few examples of how spices can act as "medicine":
  • Cayenne pepper can increase metabolism and fat-burning ability by up to 25%.
  • Ginger speeds metabolic rate, plus it inhibits nausea and vomiting often caused by morning sickness or motion sickness.
  • Peppermint is used to treat gastric and digestive disorders, as well as tension and insomnia.
  • Mustard is a stimulant that can be used to relieve respiratory complaints.
  • Horseradish is a relative of the mustard family that acts as a digestive stimulant.
  • Cinnamon is often used as an antidote for diarrhea and stomach upset as well as a metabolism booster.
  • Allspice is an aromatic stimulant that helps to relieve indigestion and gas.
  • Garlic - Regular consumption of garlic can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It also aids digestion and prevents flatulence. Recent research shows garlic to be beneficial in the treatment of diabetes.
  • Turmeric is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and therefore protects against cancer.
Watkins Product - SupplementsSince 1868, Watkins has been offering the health benefits of herbs and spices - our very first product, Red Liniment, is formulated with Capsicum which comes from hot peppers.  Now it seems that our 138 years of research and experience is paying off ... again!  Watkins spices and herbs are the best you'll find in the jar for cooking ... and in our remedies and supplements, too!  When you visit our online store, you'll want to spend some time in our "Medicine Chest" and discover all the ways that Watkins has put our knowledge to work for you - so you don't have to spend years learning and compiling all the information that we have - you can simply choose the remedy or supplement you desire and KNOW that the formula has been painstakingly researched and prepared to be the best! 

You can review complete ingredient lists for ALL of Watkins remedies and supplements in our online store - and you'll want to be sure to check out all the information that we have right here for you to draw on as well!  ArrowArrowArrow

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FridgeFast Food Facts!

  • 1/4 tsp of ground Sage added to a cup of water can help to relieve chest congestion.
  • Instead of heavy cream, use evaporated skim milk.  It can even be whipped like cream when allowed to chill in the freezer until ice crystals form lightly around the edge.  Beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form; sweeten to taste and serve immediately.
  • The vast majority of calories in grains comes from complex carbohydrates, which should make up about two-thirds of your daily caloric intake.  Grains are also excellent low-fat sources of protein, and supply B-vitamins and minerals.  Whole grains are rich in insoluble fiber (the kind that promotes a healthy intestinal tract), and all grains are good sources of soluble fiber (the kind that lowers cholesterol).
  • Over time, honey can help to relieve the symptoms of asthma and bronchial conditions.
  • Don't store potatoes near apples or eggs - they could alter the taste!
  • Strawberries can destroy many common infectious agents, including the herpes simplex virus.  Because of the high level of pectin (thanks to its deep red colour) they will also help to reduce blood cholesterol!  In a cancer research study, strawberries capped a list of eight foods most likely to lower rates of cancer deaths - those eating strawberries were 3 times less likely to develop cancer than those who ate little or no strawberries!
  • Tea (black or green) has been shown to reduce cavities, destroy bacteria and viruses, lower blood pressure, strengthen capillaries, help to prevent cancer in animals, and retard atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)!
  • Tomatoes have been shown to lower the risk of cancer and help to prevent appendicitis!
  • Do you suffer from insomnia?  Try reaching for the sugar or honey!  Milk does not put you to sleep, but just the opposite - it wakes you up!
Did You Know ...

Did You Know ...

  • That the average home accumulates 40 POUNDS of dust each year?!
  • Shopping CartThat you can cut your grocery shopping time in HALF?!  By ordering your groceries from your Watkins store and having them delivered right to your door - either by your friendly Watkins Associate or by Courier directly from Watkins Inc. - you can skip over several aisles when you head to the supermarket!  You can bypass the spice aisle, many of the 'pantry' staples, the personal care aisle, the home-medication aisle, and of course, the home care products and laundry aisle!  Just imagine the time you'll save ... not to mention the money you'll save!
  • That most people wear only 20% of the clothing they own 80% of the time?!
  • NailsThat your fingernails hold the secret to many things?!  Check the white "moon" at the base of your fingernails - it should be white and clear - a bluish tinge could be a sign of circulatory problems!  Do your toenails grow slower in the winter?  This could also be a sign of circulation troubles.  Are your nails strong and healthy - or do they tend to chip and split?  This could be a sign of a calcium and/or mineral deficiency.

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Eczema & Psoriasis Alert!

Recently the US Food & Drug Administration announced that they have ordered warning labels to be added to two popular cream medications that treat eczema and psoriasis stating that prolonged use of the product could lead to cancer.

So what is a person to do - Itch and scratch and suffer - or risk getting cancer???
Thankfully, NEITHER!  Watkins to the rescue!
Watkins Product - Red Clover Salve
For centuries, Red Clover has been used to treat and relieve the symptoms of these conditions as well as a multitude of skin irritations - from cradle cap to diaper rash to very dry skin - with NO harmful side effects!  Simply apply a thin layer of salve on the affected area 2-3 times a day to relieve the itchiness, dryness and redness that goes along with these conditions. 

You can always trust Watkins to have the answers you need!

 Facts, Tips & Ideas to Save You Money!

It's TRUE!  Ounce for ounce, Watkins saves you money! Since 1868, J. R. Watkins' mission was to bring the highest quality products and ingredients to his valued customers at the lowest price possible without compromising the integrity of the quality - and that mission stands true to this day. After all, we're not good because we're old ... we're old because we're good! Smile

  • Watkins Vanilla Body Bar is French-milled which means that it will last about twice as long as a regular bar of soap!  And with its scent coming from real Watkins Vanilla, your bath will be so relaxing and soothing - just like at a spa!! 
  • Watkins Peppermint Foot Scrub has the pumice formulated right into the cleanser, so each time you use it, you will be exfoliating, cleansing and softening all at once!  Imagine the time and money you can save on pedicures!   
  • Watkins Premium Room Fresheners are made with real natural essences and oils so they will not only freshen your room, but will actually act like true aromatherapy to create the mood you desire - warm and cozy with the scent of Cinnamon, and alive and energized with the fresh scent of Citrus! 
  • Watkins Seasoning Blends all start with a base of pure, filler-free Watkins spices and herbs.  Not only will you be guaranteed perfect flavour every time, you will also get all the benefits of the concentration and high essential oil content that Watkins spices are famous for!
  • Watkins Cooking Spray is one versatile spray!  Not only does it guarantee non-stick cooking, but its light buttery flavour makes it the perfect complement to popcorn and healthy grilled cheese sandwiches, PLUS you can use it to spray the tines of your snowblower to keep the snow from sticking - and in the summer, spray the blades of your lawn mower to keep the clippings from sticking!
  • Watkins Harvest/Fruit & Veggie Complex gives you the benefits of 43 different fruits and vegetables in every caplet!  Now you can tell your Mom that, yes, you are getting your veggies!
  • Watkins Waterless Hand Cleaner is super at cleaning grease, grime, paint and dirt off your hands - and because of its 'creamy' formula (not gritty) it does so much more!  You can use it directly on clothing to remove grease spots and stains (I once used it on a light yellow skirt that got caught in the car door!), and you can even clean your white leather athletic shoes, too - without worrying about any 'yellowing' effect!
  • Watkins Bathroom Cleaner Plus works wonderfully to keep your toilet bowl clean and fresh, but did you know that it can also be diluted into a spray bottle to keep you whole bathroom clean, fresh and disinfected?  It's perfect for tubs, tiles, porcelain, grout and even fiberglass - making it perfect for the trailer or camper thanks to its earth-friendly components.  And the real bonus will be the fresh 'cherry-almond' fragrance that makes it actually pleasant to be around!  Smile!

When you choose to shop in our Watkins Store, you not only choose unique and high quality products to 'pamper' yourself and your family with - you are also making a conscious money-saving choice that will move your family ahead in many other ways.

After all, a penny (or dollar) saved is one that is
still in YOUR pocket!

(and better than one earned because you pay no income tax on it!)

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 In the Issue:


  • Crab Dip
  • Chocolate Cake with Chocolate-Nut Buttercream
  • Valentine Dessert
  • 'Healthy' Chocolate Mousse
  • Setting That Special Valentine's Mood

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Kids!Fun for Kids from Watkins Kitchen!

Finger Paints!

These are best when made the same day you use them.  They are perfect for a rainy - Heartor snowy - day project and a delightful and fun way to create very special home-made Valentines! 

Utensils You Will Need

  • Dry and liquid measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Medium saucepan
  • Wooden mixing spoon
  • Hot pad (trivet)
  • 4 (or more) plastic or paper cups

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • 1/2 cup/125 ml cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp/45 ml white sugar
  • 2 cups/500 ml cold water
  • Food colouring (see below)

How To Make It

  1. Mix the cornstarch an sugar together in a medium saucepan; mix well.
  2. Add the water and mix a little more. 
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to boil and thicken.  This takes about 5 minutes. 
  4. Remove from stove, and set pan on hot pad.  Cool slightly.
  5. Pour equal amounts into plastic cups.
  6. Carefully add a few drops of food colouring (a different colour for each cup); mix well.
  7. Use your fingers to paint on heavy or glossy paper or special finger-painting paper.
How Do You Mix Colours?

Did you know that you can make a million different colours, starting with just three - red, blue, and yellow?  These are called 'primary' colours.  How do you make different colours like orange, green and purple from these primary colours?  The following are some examples:

Orange:  Use 2 drops of yellow and 1 drop of red; mix well.
Green:  Use 3 drops of yellow and 1 drop of blue; mix well.
Purple:  Use 3 drops of red and 1 drop of blue; mix well.

These are just a few examples, but you can try all kinds of different combinations to come up with all kinds of exciting colours - your imagination can create a rainbow of colour!

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