taking and making stock

Slow Girl Foods started the new year with a bang by reducing our prices and offering a gift certificate to those who attended our demos (which pssst, there’s only a week or so left to take advantage of that opportunity, so get on it!).  2013 is going to be a big year for us!

While we believe in providing excellence year-round, this time of year is always wonderful for evaluating what’s working, and embarking on new endeavors.

Molly wanted to share some of her thoughts for the new year:

For me, regrouping, realigning my goals and generally taking stock often involves making stock.  I love winter and the cold because it’s the perfect time to hunker down, get contemplative, and create something meaningful. For me this means soup, and soup means stock. Making stock is so elemental, and provides a foundation on which you can build.

 As I layer in the flavors first the olive oil and the onion, then the celery, carrots, parsley and peppercorns, I can relate to the simplicity of each separate ingredient and marvel how they come together to build a sound and vital structure. This helps to see our ever-complicated world in a new light: what is actually vital in this world can be found in your pot of soup.  


I love cutting the deep green kale leaves and the bright orange carrots and sauteing the onions (even though I have to cut them first!).

Cutting the onions is always the worst; I loathe the cutting and the subsequent crying!  When I worked in a restaurant as a pastry, salad, and prep cook, I would persuade the dishwasher, Victor, to trade jobs.  I would gladly cut up 20 pounds of chicken over dicing onions.

 Sadly, onion is integral to stocks and most soups, and I have not found a way to combat it so I cry my way through it. We found this trick over at Lifehacker on how to keep from crying through that onion cutting, but haven’t tried it yet. Do you have any tips you like to use to prevent this problem?  

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I recently found a white bean kale soup that I love. I’ve tried many riffs on this theme and have settled on this recipe as my favorite. Leave it to gourmet by way of Epicurious to nail it!  It’s quick to make, fairly easy and you can use store bought stock if you don’t want to suffer through those onions.

Want to know where Molly got her yummy stock recipe from?  We will be sharing a step by step recipe in the next few weeks.  In the mean time, what are your goals for the new year?  What are your favorite soup recipes?  Give us a shout in the comments!

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january discounts from slow girl foods!

It’s a new year and this is when folks take stock, resolve to make goals and start anew.  At Slow Girl Foods we are helping our fans ease into those healthy new goals by reducing our prices from $3.49 to $2.99 for the month of January at Whole Foods Markets!

One of the things we are also offering in January to one of our wonderful customers is a $50 gift certificate to Whole Foods.  Yep, you read right: that’s FIFTY DOLLARS to Whole Foods!

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Help us help you lower that grocery bill!

To enter to win all you have to do is stop by one of our demos during the month of January, say hi to us, and subscribe to our email list.  It’s that easy! The drawing will be held at the end of the month and the winner will be contacted by email.

Don’t worry; we hate spam just as much as you do! We never send out excessive updates; we make sure to send out just the information you want about Slow Girl Foods.

Below we’ve listed the times and places of our demos for the rest of the month:

Saturday, January 19th

11 AM – 2 PM

Davis Whole Foods Market

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Saturday, January 26th

11 AM – 2 PM

Ocean Whole Foods Market

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Sunday, January 27th

11 AM – 2 PM

Blossom Hill Whole Foods Market

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 Monday, January 28th

4 PM – 7 PM

Haight Street Whole Foods Market

Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Inevitable Question: What is Steel-Cut Oatmeal?

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Molly Zahner, the founder of Slow Girl Foods, wanted to share her story about the most commonly asked question about our product:

When I was first starting Slow Girl Foods, my Aunt Francie from St. Louis asked me,

What is steel-cut oatmeal?

I realized that although it’s a commonly used term when discussing oatmeal (as so often happens at cocktail parties, the opera, etc.), not many people know what it really is.

Steel-cut oatmeal is made with the whole grain oat (minus the inedible hull), called groats, which are cut into large pieces with steel blades. Unlike rolled oats or instant oatmeal, this minimally processed method retains bits of the bran layer and is more nutritious! It is also what allows for the chewy, nutty texture that is preferred by most people.

Steel-cut oats may have a lower glycemic index than instant oatmeal (42 vs. 66, respectively) which keeps your energy up longer. For those fighting diabetes, a low glycemic index is imperative.

Now, next time you are at a party you can reign supreme when the inevitable question is asked: just what are steel-cut oats?