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Ready For Memorial Day? We Test Watkins Seasonings

by Andrew Chalk



My interest gland perked up when The Watkins Co. offered to send me some of their products to try because they make seasonings, rubs, and marinades. Just in time for the de facto holy day for grilling -- Memorial Day. They have a new line of organic grilling products. Four seasonings, two rubs, and two marinades.


USING WATKINS SEASONING WITH STEAK

As a first effort I decided on a modest effort. Take some of the excellent Pre grass-fed and grass-finished beef. In this case a cut of New York Strip, and season it with the Watkins 1868 Organic Garlic & Herb Seasoning (1868 refers to the year Watkins was founded). Let’s go through the process pictorially…


For my first effort, the garlic and herb seasoning looked straightforward
For my first effort, the garlic and herb seasoning looked straightforward





















Our meat, Pre grass fed & finished New York strip steak
Our meat, Pre grass fed & finished New York strip steak

Proof of Origin
Proof of Origin

Generously season the meat on both sides with Watkins Garlic & Herb Seasoning and add to hot butter.
Generously season the meat on both sides with Watkins Garlic & Herb Seasoning and add to hot butter.

Flip when well seared...
Flip when well seared...


Add some veg. (roasted asparagus and potatoes roasted in the instant pot to speed up the roasting process from 70 mins to 31 seconds). Out of paper plates, so serve from the Bernardaud Limoges.
Add some veg. (roasted asparagus and potatoes roasted in the instant pot to speed up the roasting process from 70 mins to 31 seconds). Out of paper plates, so serve from the Bernardaud Limoges.

The results? Seasoning can make the meal and this one really enhanced the earthy flavors of the meat with a hit of garlic and lots of other savory flavors. The ingredients of the seasoning include onion, red bell pepper, marjoram, black pepper, sea salt, celery seed and thyme so there is a lot mixing together.


Would I use again? Absolutely, but I will work my way through the other seasonings first and try the rubs on barbecue meat.


OBTAINING WATKINS PRODUCTS

Watkins reports "Watkins 1868 Organic Grilling products are available online at Watkins1868.com and many stores nationwide. Primary retailers include Amazon, Cub Foods, Erewhon Markets, Hannaford, Harmons, Hornbacher’s, HyVee and Menards. The MSRP for Seasonings and Rubs is $4.99 and $1.79 for Marinades."


MANUFACTURER PRODUCT INFORMATION

Watkins Gourmet 1868 Organic

Grilling & Rub Seasonings


Product Information

For over 100 years, The Watkins Co. has been searching the globe to bring you the very best flavors the world has to offer. From our 1928 gold medal-winning performance at the International Exposition in Paris through today, The Watkins Co. brings you the very best spices from around the world.

The bold flavors of the Northwoods of Minnesota run as deep as the Great Lakes themselves. The Watkins Co. brings the authentic seasonings of the true north to your kitchen or gill, just as we have for more than 150 years.

1868 Organic Grilling & Rubs Seasonings

· Custom bottle shape

· Recyclable

· USDA Organic

· Non-GMO Project Verified

· Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International

· OK Kosher Certified

· Packed in the USA

1868Organic Grilling Marinades

· Convenient single use packet

· 100% post-consumer recycled tray for easy shelving and display

· USDA Organic

· Non-GMO Project Verified

· Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International

· OK Kosher Certified

· Packed in the USA

Details & Ingredients Grilling Seasonings

Our 1868 Organic Grilling Seasonings bring out the best in whatever you are grilling. From chicken to steak to vegetables, our twist on classic notes of sea salt, garlic, pepper and more are sure to please.

· Organic Grilling Chicken Seasoning (3.2 oz. / 90 g)– New!

o Savory salt, onion, garlic, pepper, lemon and more bring out the best of grilled chicken.

o Sea salt, Organic dried garlic, Organic onion granules, Organic sugar, Organic red bell peppers, Organic black pepper, Organic paprika, Organic oregano, Organic ground lemon peel, Organic cayenne pepper, Organic parsley, Citric acid, Organic ground celery seed, Not more than 2% tricalcium phosphate added to prevent caking.

· Organic Grilling Garlic & Herb Seasoning (2.9 oz. / 83 g)– New!

o Minced garlic and classic herbs add flavor and texture to fish, chicken, pork or beef.

o Organic minced garlic, Sea salt, Organic toasted minced onion, Organic red bell pepper, Organic marjoram, Organic black pepper, Organic canola oil, Organic thyme, Organic ground celery seed.

· Organic Grilling Hamburger Seasoning (3.6 oz. / 104 g)– New!

o Flavor the whole family can enjoy with salt, toasted onion, garlic, red bell pepper, smoked paprika.

o Sea salt, Organic black pepper, Organic toasted minced onion, Organic red bell pepper, Organic garlic granules, Organic sugar, Organic smoked paprika, Organic natural flavor (organic sunflower oil, natural flavors), Organic cayenne pepper, Organic ground celery seed, Organic oleoresin paprika (organic natural extractives of paprika, organic sunflower oil), Organic oregano.

· Organic Grilling Steak Seasoning (3.5 oz. / 100 g)– New!

o Balanced flavor of sea salt, garlic, onion and spices to enhance steak’s natural flavor

o Sea salt, Organic dried garlic, Organic black pepper, Organic toasted minced onion, Organic smoked paprika, Organic dill seed, Organic red pepper, Organic red bell pepper.

· Usage Instructions: Use 1 Tablespoon to season 1 pound of meat. If desired, rub cooking oil onto meat before seasoning.

· MSRP: $4.99

Details & Ingredients Grilling Rubs

Sweet and smoked flavors come together in our 1868 Organic Rubs. These blends of seasonings and spices bring enticing flavors together to enhance poultry, beef, pork and more.

· Organic Grilling Smoked Maple Rub (3.8 oz. / 108 g)– New!

o The perfect combination of sweet and smoked flavors come together, ideal for poultry, beef or pork.

o Organic sugar, Sea salt, Hickory smoked sea salt, Organic minced garlic, Organic toasted minced onion, Organic maple sugar, Organic molasses powder (organic molasses, organic rice maltodextrin), Organic red bell pepper, Organic ancho chili powder, Organic smoked paprika, Organic onion granules, Organic orange peel powder, Organic oleoresin paprika (organic natural extractives of paprika, organic sunflower oil).

· Organic Grilling Sweet & Savor Rub (3.6 oz. / 104 g) – New!

o Sugar, salt, molasses powder and spices bring this Sweet & Savory blend to life.

o Organic sugar, Organic onion granules, Organic garlic granules, Organic smoked paprika, Sea salt, Smoked sea salt, Organic molasses powder (organic molasses, organic rice maltodextrin), Organic black pepper, Organic mustard, Organic cayenne pepper, Organic ground celery seed, Not more than 2% tricalcium phosphate added to prevent caking.

· Usage Instructions: Use 1 Tablespoon to season 1 pound of meat. If desired, rub cooking oil onto meat before seasoning.

· MSRP: $4.99

Details & Ingredients Grilling Marinades

Bright citrus and sweet flavors are layered in warmth in our 1868 Organic Marinades, these blends lend a Northwoods layer of flavor to your favorite fish and meats.

· Organic Grilling Chili Lime Marinade (1.06 oz. / 30 g)– New!

o Layers of flavor with bright lime, savory salt and light heat shine in this

Marinade.

o Organic sugar, Sea salt, Organic dried garlic, Organic lime juice powder (organic rice maltodextrin, organic lime juice concentrate), Organic ancho chili powder, Organic smoked paprika, Organic red pepper, Citric acid, Organic tamari powder (organic tamari soy sauce [organic soybean, salt], organic maltodextrin, salt), Organic parsley, Organic lime oil, Not more than 2% tricalcium phosphate added to prevent caking. Contains: Soy

· Organic Grilling Spiced Maple Marinade (1.25 oz. / 35 g)– New!

o Sweetness is partnered with dry heat from smoked salt, smoked paprika, and more.

o Organic sugar, Sea salt, Smoked sea salt, Organic onion granules, Organic black pepper, Organic smoked paprika, Organic ancho chili powder, Organic maple sugar, Organic molasses powder (organic molasses, organic rick maltodextrin), Not more than 2% tricalcium phosphate added to prevent caking.

· Usage Instructions: All you need is one 1868 Organic Grilling packet, cooking oil, vinegar, your meat of choice and 15-30 minutes for the perfect marinade

· MSRP: $1.79


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