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The Scoville Scale: What Is It?

At Mama Flasch's Gourmet Kitchen, we're big fans of great flavor. When it comes to things like our InCindyary Hot Salsa, this flavor comes in the form of a nice slow burn that's guaranteed to wake up the even the most sluggish of taste buds. While some people are naturally drawn to really spicy flavors, for many others it's a journey. A common scenario is a person tries some type of food with significant spice and gets a little overwhelmed by it. At the same time, the heat and associated flavors offer sensations they haven't experienced before. As a result, they want to continue exploring what other types of heat are out there.   If you find yourself going down this path now or in the future, chances are you're going to come across the term "Scoville scale." Since this is a very interesting concept and one that's directly related to spicy foods, we want to use this post to dig into it.   The History of the Scoville Scale   This scale is used to measure the spicy heat of chili peppers and other spicy foods. The metric used is Scoville heat units. This metric is based on of capsaicin concentration. The scale was originally created in 1912. As you may have guessed, the last name of the man who created it was Scoville. The way SHUs are set is through the Scoville Organoleptic Test. This test involves figuring out how much sugar-water needs to be diluted into a chili pepper mash to neutralize it.   While this scale isn't the only way to measure heat, and is actually not as accurate as advanced options like high-performance liquid chromatography, it is the most popular way to rate hot foods. To put the scale in perspective, here are some examples as you move up it:   0 - Bell Pepper 3,500 to 10,000 - Jalapeno 10,000 to 30,000 - Serrano Pepper 30,000 to 50,000 - Cayenne Pepper 100,000 to 350,000 - Habanero Chili Over 855,000 - Carolina Reaper   How the Scoville Scale is Used Today   One of the reasons the Scoville scale is so popular is it's a common marketing tool throughout the world of spicy foods. This can be seen in the very entertaining YouTube Series "Hot Ones," where the host and a celebrity guest eat their way through a gauntlet of ten chicken wings, each with an increasingly hot sauce. The sauce applied to the tenth wing clocks in at a terrifying 550,000 Scoville units.   Although there's nothing enjoyable about eating something that hot, there's definitely a lot of good things to be said about reasonable amounts of spice. So whether you're looking for a moderate amount of spice or want to really enjoy a tasty kick, our Scottsome Heat and InCindyary salsas are packed with deliciousness.
Mama Flasch Salsa Burgers

Make the Best Grilled Mama Flasch’s Salsa Burgers For Your 4th of July Party!

If you want to make your 4th of July celebrations great, you really only need two ingredients. Those ingredients are fireworks and food! Since there’s no shortage of amazing fireworks shows that take place across Cincinnati and the rest of the United States, we’re going to leave that ingredient up to you. What we want to focus on is food. Specifically, how you can make food that both you and all of your guests will absolutely love. Because the 4th takes place right in the middle of summer, it’s the perfect time to grill up something awesome. Keep in mind that grilling doesn’t have to limit your creativity. Instead, it’s actually the perfect type of cooking to start with a classic and then put your own unique spin on the food. With that approach in mind, we want to share a very delicious recipe:   How to Make Delicious Grilled Salsa Burgers   Although this recipe packs a lot of amazing flavor, it’s actually quite easy to make. When you go shopping before the 4th, you’ll want to pick up 1.5 pounds of lean ground beef. You’ll also use 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs, along with your preferred type of shredded cheese. And in addition to burger buns, we recommend tomato, avocado and some sour cream. You’ll also want to use a half cup of your favorite style of salsa.   Once the 4th arrives, mix the beef, salsa and bread crumbs together while your grill heats up. Shape these into twelve 4-inch patties (each about 1/4 inch thick) and then sprinkle cheese in the middle of half the patties. You can then top those patties with the others, sealing the cheese in the middle for a tasty surprise!   When you put the patties on the grill, you’ll want to use medium heat for 11 to 13 minutes. Turn them over once during this process. Once the burgers are done, put them on the buns and add the toppings, including the sour cream and an extra bit of salsa if you like. If you make this recipe for your 4th of July celebrations, we’d love to hear how it turns out. And if you’re looking for some delicious sides to go with your amazing salsa burgers, we’ve got plenty of recipes for you to browse through on our blog.
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Why Salsa is the Best Fundraiser

If you want to organize a fundraiser for a school or other organization, salsa is an awesome way to make that happen. Although salsa may not be the first product that comes to mind when you think of raising funds for an organization or cause, that’s one of the reasons it’s a great choice. Instead of trying to get people to support what you’re doing by purchasing a type of product that they’ve already purchased more times than they would like, salsa is something they’ll actually enjoy using. A quick read through our Salsa Stories blog will show the many different and delicious ways that salsa can be used.   Fresh and Healthy   Salsa definitely isn’t the only food product that can be used for a fundraiser. However, there are some very important differences that set salsa apart from most other edible products. One of those differences is being fresh and healthy. With many of the typical food products used for fundraising, you’re selling people items that are packed with artificial flavors and preservatives. But with Mama Flasch’s salsas, you get a product that’s made from truly fresh ingredients. Our commitment to quality and freshness means our salsas are just as good for you as they are delicious. Every jar of salsa we make is fat free, low in sodium and heart healthy.   Choose the Perfect Level of Heat   Another big advantage of choosing salsa for your fundraiser is the people who purchase it will be able to get the exact amount of heat that they enjoy. If someone likes great flavor but isn’t so fond of spice, they’ll find a lot about our Gregular salsa to enjoy. For those who enjoy a little more heat to their food, our Scottsome Heat salsa is the perfect way to add a delicious punch to just about any meal. And if someone considers themselves a connoisseur of heat and spice, they will not be disappointed with our InCindyary Hot Salsa.   A Team That Cares   As the labels on our salsa jars say, we’re Ohio Proud. Being part of a community is something that’s always been important to us. Just as making our salsa in small batches defines our product, being part of the community and offering support whenever we can is in the DNA of our business. Because we have this outlook and understand the positive impact that a successful fundraiser can have, you can count on us to provide great salsas and other types of support. So if you want to see the type of impact that Mama Flasch’s salsas can have on your fundraising efforts, we’d love for you to contact us so we can discuss more about your fundraising goals and plans.
Scottsome Heat Recipe

Beef and Scottsome Heat Skillet Recipe

  We all know that cooking at home is a great idea. Not only can it help your family save money, but it also gives you control over the calories and ingredients that everyone eats. While the benefits of cooking at home are clear, that doesn't mean it's always easy to do. Given how busy most households are, trying to come up with tasty ideas, make them and then clean up can feel like an overwhelming burden. Fortunately, just a little bit of planning can make things much easier. By finding recipes like the one we're going to share, your family can enjoy all the benefits of cooking at home without feeling like you're trying to tackle too much. That's because you can easily get all the necessary ingredients, prep and cook in less than thirty minutes, along with only having a single pan to wash after everyone is done eating. What You Need for the Beef and Scottsome Heat Skillet A pound of lean ground beef is at the core of this recipe. You'll also want a can of red kidney beans and can of whole kernel corn, both undrained. Combine this with an 8 ounce can of tomato sauce, 2 teaspoons of chili powder, 1.5 cups of Original Bisquick mix, a half cup of milk and a half cup of the shredded cheese of your choice (we recommend Colby-Monterey Jack). You'll also want to grab a jar of our Scottsome Heat salsa and then use two cups of it in the dish for really delicious flavor. How to Make This Yummy Recipe As we mentioned above, this is a recipe that's very easy to clean up. What's also quite appealing about it is how easy it is to make. Start by cooking the beef over medium heat. Once it's brown, drain and then stir in the kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, 1 of the chili powder teaspoons and the Scottsome Heat salsa. With a second bowl, create a soft dough by stirring the Bisquick mix, a teaspoon of chili powder and milk. You can then drop spoonfuls of it on top of the beef. Finish the recipe by covering the skillet and allowing it to cook for around twenty minutes. Sprinkle on the cheese after those twenty minutes and let it melt for a few more minutes. Then you'll be able to enjoy all the tasty goodness of this recipe with your family! By following those simple steps, you'll be able to make a great dish that packs a lot of flavor. We hope you give this recipe a try soon and that your whole family enjoys it! And if you have other tasty recipes that are easy to make and clean up, we'd love for you to share them with us!
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Family Friendly Gregular Salsa Snacks

We've written about why the ingredients used in our salsas are not only delicious but also very healthy. Since ingredients like bell peppers have a number of health benefits, using any of our salsas in a variety of different ways can help every member of your family truly enjoy eating well on a consistent basis. To help you get inspired, we want to share some awesome ways to use our salsas to create family friendly snacks: 1.  Pretzel Poppin' Good If chips are the first thing that comes to mind when you think of pairing something crunchy with salsa, you're definitely not alone. However, that doesn't mean there aren't other tasty options. Even though it may seem a little outside the box, pretzels go really great with salsa. The best way to fully enjoy this salty crunch is by going with crispy knot pretzels. 2.  Celery and/or Veggie Chips Many of the best snacks involving salsa include something crunchy. While our first suggestion can keep calories pretty low, there may be times when you want to complement the all-natural ingredients in our salsa with something that's equally as fresh. Celery is a great option for this type of snacking. And if you're looking for a snack that bridges the gap between tortilla chips and vegetables like celery, veggie chips are a great choice.  3.  Pita Bread The next family friendly snack idea you should try is pairing Mama Flasch's salsa with pita bread. What's great about pita bread is it has a tasty but subtle flavor. This allows the salsa to really shine. An added benefit is the size and texture of pita bread makes it great for scooping.  4.  Carrots While we've already touched on a few way to pair additional veggies with salsa for a tasty snack, no list would be complete without mentioning carrots. We totally get that this one may sound a little weird at first! But if you think about how often carrots are paired with ranch, it's easy to see how something with as much tasty flavor as Gregular salsa can go great with these crunchy treats.  5.  Rice Cakes or Crackers Although rice cakes are popular thanks to their low-calorie count, they aren't a snack known for having great flavor. You can change this by pairing them with our salsa. And if your family has a few favorite types of crackers, chances are everyone will like them even more when paired with some delicious salsa. Now that we've covered some awesome ways for your family to enjoy Mama Flasch's salsa, all you need is a jar of Gregular salsa to get started. And we know there are a lot of other yummy ways for your family to enjoy our salsa. So if you have a favorite recipe of your own, be sure to share it with us!
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Health Benefits of Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are crunchy, sweet, juicy fruits, which we eat like a vegetable. They are from the same family, Capsicum annuum, as jalapeno and cayenne peppers. However, bell peppers have a recessive gene reducing their capsaicin content, which is why they aren’t spicy like those other peppers.   Bell peppers are part of the nightshade family along with tomatoes, tobacco, eggplant and potatoes. They are native to South and Central America. Bell peppers are shiny and can be green, red, orange, yellow and sometimes purple or white. Many green bell peppers are the unripe version of the other colors. To choose a good bell pepper, opt for heavy peppers with smooth skin. Ripe bell peppers contain more nutrients than unripe ones.   Bell peppers have high water content, which gives them their crispness. They also contain fiber. They are low in fat and calories. They have a wide array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making them an important part of a healthy diet. These nutrients help maintain strong and healthy bodies.   Vitamins   Bell peppers are exceptionally high in vitamin C. Bell peppers contain twice the amount of vitamin C as an orange or 169 percent of the recommended daily value. Vitamin C boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation. Bell pepper's vitamin C content also plays a role in preventing anemia as it aids in the absorption of iron.   Bell peppers are rich in B6 and folate. These two nutrients are key players in cellular renewal and nervous system health. Bell peppers are rich in several minerals, including potassium, manganese, and magnesium. They also contain a healthy dose of vitamin E.   Vitamin K is also found in bell peppers. Vitamin K is crucial for the absorption of calcium in the body and is thought to help protect against osteoporosis. Vitamin K is also important for proper blood clotting. Plus, these crunchy, colorful peppers provide almost 100 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin A.   Carotenoids   Bell peppers also have over 30 important carotenoids like lutein, lycopene, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. There are not many other foods that contain this many antioxidant carotenoids. In fact, only tomatoes and bell peppers make the list. For this reason, they are good for overall eye health. These antioxidants also protect the body against free radicals and have anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown the importance of antioxidants in helping to reduce the likelihood that certain cancers will develop.   All these nutrients combined equal one super-saturated, tasty pepper. Not only do they provide key nutrients for our day-to-day life, but they play a part in preventing chronic diseases and reducing oxidative stress. To enjoy these benefits and more, try our delicious salsa. It comes in medium, mild and spicy, so everyone can have a favorite!  
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Health Benefits of Garlic You’ll Want to Know About

Not only does garlic smell and taste wonderful, but it also has tremendous health benefits. Garlic has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The health benefits of garlic are numerous. The compound that contains therapeutic benefits in garlic is called allicin.   Garlic can be used to treat and prevent numerous heart-related disease. It can be useful in helping those with atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, and high blood pressure.   Low-Calorie Nutritional Punch   The great thing about garlic is that it is low in calories while packing a lot of nutritional power. One ounce of garlic contains 23 percent of the daily value of manganese, 17 percent of vitamin B6, 15 percent of vitamin C, six percent of selenium, and 0.6 grams of fiber. It also contains calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorous, iron, vitamin B1 and other various nutrients. All of these nutrients are contained in an amount that only packs 42 calories.   Health Benefits of Garlic   Hypertension contributes to heart attacks and strokes. Garlic can help reduce high blood pressure. The amount of allicin needed for this health benefit is equivalent to about four cloves of garlic per day.   Garlic can help to fight the common cold and boost the immune system. In can reduce the length of time a person has a cold or flu. High cholesterol can lead to heart disease. Garlic supplementation has been shown to help reduce cholesterol in patients. Studies have shown that garlic can reduce LDL cholesterol, which is the “bad” type of cholesterol, by 10 to 15 percent.   Antioxidants work to combat diseases commonly associated with aging, like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Garlic contains antioxidants to help the body fight the aging process. Bone health is something many women worry about, especially after the onset of menopause. Although human trials need to be conducted, garlic has been shown to be successful in increasing estrogen in rodents. Lack of estrogen is a major contributor to osteoporosis in women.   Heavy metals, like lead, are toxic to humans. Eating raw garlic can help to detoxify the body from heavy metals. Signs of lead toxicity include headaches and blood pressure issues. Garlic was shown in a study of employees at a car battery plant that had been exposed to lead, to reduce lead levels in the blood by 19 percent.   Garlic is an excellent nutritional, low-calorie source of many health benefits. Whether taken alone or eaten as part of something like our tasty salsas, the benefits of incorporating garlic into a regular routine are easy to see. For those wanting to incorporate garlic into their diet through supplements or extracts, patients should talk to their doctor about how much they should be taking for maximum health benefits.
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8 Notable Health Benefits of Cilantro

Cilantro is a savory herb. Also known as Chinese parsley, it's used in a wide range of dishes, including all three of Mama Flasch's salsa flavors. In addition to its delicious flavor, it also boasts serious health benefits. Read on to learn eight of the ways cilantro can improve your overall health: Cleanse Your System Of Heavy Metals Our systems can become overrun with heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, and lead. This is due to various reasons including consumption of certain types of fish, antibiotic use, vaccines or old dental fillings. These heavy metals can cause damage and lead to a host of issues such as heart disease, infertility, neurological issues and imbalanced hormones. Fortunately, cilantro's powerful detox capabilities help rid the body of these toxic compounds. Guard Your Body Against Free Radicals Our bodies constantly face free radicals. But when they go unchecked, free radicals can cause a wide range of issues. Examples include certain kinds of cancer, heart disease, dementia and arthritis due to the oxidative stress they cause. Cilantro's potent antioxidants, including quercetin, help battle free radicals and control inflammation throughout the body. Protect Your Heart A potassium-rich diet, including foods such as cilantro, can help benefit blood pressure due to its ability to exhibit positive effects on sodium levels. Additionally, cilantro can help dissolve excess cholesterol in the arteries to reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Cilantro’s high content of potent polyphenolic compounds helps prevent cardiac damage. Soothe An Upset Stomach Cilantro is well-known for its ability to effectively soothe nausea, reduce gas, alleviate bloating, ease heartburn and calm stomach cramps. Often, fresh cilantro is served alongside spicy meals due to its known cooling and soothing effects on the digestive system. Benefit Blood Sugar Levels Certain studies point to cilantro's ability to positively affect blood sugar levels. Cilantro has been shown to encourage normal liver function and promote balanced glucose levels. Calm Anxiety and Promote Deeper Sleep Cilantro helps calm jittery nerves and promote healthy sleep cycles. Cilantro's natural sedative properties help encourage relaxation and deep, satisfying sleep. Guard Your Body Against Food Poisoning In addition to promoting detox, cilantro also helps fight infections and toxins. It possesses powerful antibacterial capabilities that help it guard against food and water-related illnesses such as salmonella, dysentery and listeria. Cilantro's powerful germ-fighting properties are linked to an element known as dodecenal, which is a powerful antibacterial compound. Prevent Neurological Degredation Cilantro helps reduce inflammation throughout the body that can lead to brain degradation over time. By keeping inflammation in check, cilantro helps guard against degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's. If you want to enjoy both the flavor and health benefits of cilantro, be sure to read about what to do with leftover salsa.
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What Does It Mean to Live a Healthy Lifestyle?

Being healthy improves your stamina, energy, and quality of sleep. Let's take a look at what it means to live a healthy lifestyle: Fitness Healthy individuals work out on a regular basis. Running, weightlifting and sports are all terrific ways to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle. Some particularly strong individuals work out daily, although this is not mandatory to maintain fitness. There are several simple steps you can follow to get into a solid fitness routine. First, determine whether you function best at the gym during morning, afternoon or evening. Next, create a fitness plan around both short and long term goals. By sticking to a routine, you will be able to achieve progress and be proud of your accomplishments. Consider working out with your friends or family to motivate each other and set personal records. Remember that intensity and duration are both important factors to a great workout. As you become stronger, increase these factors to continually push your body to excellence. Diet A healthy lifestyle consists of a healthy diet. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all important meals that should not be overlooked. And when done strategically, snacking can be beneficial instead of just a source of empty calories. There are many resources online such as food pyramids and nutritional information that can help you make judgments on appropriate foods. Fruits, grains, vegetables and dairy products are all essential foods to incorporate into your meals. For example, if you are planning a party, choose healthy chips that have a low salt content. Include a side of Mama Flasch's fresh, all-natural salsa to complete the dish. Because you can make these types of modifications, it is possible to turn nearly any entree into a healthy option. By maintaining a healthy diet, you will have more energy to go about your day. Sleep A consistent sleep schedule is essential to a healthy lifestyle. By waking up and sleeping at the same times every day, your body will adapt to this routine. You will wake up fewer times in the middle of the night and fall asleep faster. In addition, make sure that this schedule is reasonable. Good times to sleep and wake up are 11 PM and 7 AM. This schedule can change depending on your occupation, age, and physical activity. Regardless, remember that 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep is a healthy amount of sleep for all individuals. While being active during the day contributes to a healthy lifestyle, resting your body is also necessary for good health. Use the above advice to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself and your family. You will definitely notice positive changes to your mood, body and overall sense of well-being.
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What Are the Health Benefits of Onions?

Onions are a great way to add flavor to a wide range of recipes. But what many people don't realize is just how many health benefits onions have to offer. Since this vegetable has a number of ways to do a body good, we want to highlight seven of them: Improved Digestion Onions are a great source of fiber. Because fiber is able to break down food, it plays a key role in preventing digestive pain and keeping this important system in the body regular. Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Research has shown that the sulfur found in onions functions as a type of natural blood thinner. By working to stop blood platelets from collecting, this vegetable is able to help lower blood pressure, along with reducing the risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Onions also contain quercetin, which combats plaque from building up in the arteries. This contributes to the heart-healthy nature of onions and helps to lower the bad type of cholesterol while also improving the good. Increased Bone Density In a study about bone density in older women, researchers found that onions had a positive impact on this health factor. Researchers have also found that consistent consumption of onions can reduce the risk of heart disease in menopausal women by as much as twenty percent. Natural Stress Relief There are many different ways that people try to combat stress. Unfortunately, not every approach people take is effective or safe. One option that does accomplish both of those things is the quercetin found in onions. When you get stressed, your body releases cortisol. Although that alone isn't a bad thing, it becomes a problem when chronic stress causes your body to release a significant amount for an extended period. Quercetin combats this issue by suppressing the enzyme that's responsible for releasing cortisol. Healthy Skin You may have come across skin products that advertise biotin as a key ingredient. Biotin is naturally found in onions. In addition to supporting healthy skin, it's also been linked to good nail and hair health. Diabetes Prevention Not only is biotin good for your skin, nails, and hair, but it also benefits the body in ways that can combat some of the symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes. Current research shows biotin accomplishes this by helping to regulate blood sugar and potentially decreasing insulin resistance as well. Combat Free Radicals Free radicals are at the core of many diseases. Since onions are a rich source of antioxidants, they are able to help combat the types of cellular mutations that make free radicals such as problem. If you're looking for a delicious way to enjoy onions and the wide range of health benefits they have to offer, be sure to take a look at all three blends of Mama Flasch's salsa.