What is the best way to store Sauer's products?
The life of all our spices, extracts, flavorings, food colors, seasoning envelopes and baking bags can best be preserved by storing them in ideal conditions. These include dark, dry, and cool locations with limited exposure to light, moisture, and heat. Extended light exposure will cause your green herbs to fade to a tan color and your red spices to darken to a brown color. Avoid shaking spices out of the jar directly over a steaming pot – moisture and heat can cause clumping. We suggest shaking the spices into your palm before adding to food that is being cooked, as this keeps your spice jar away from heat and moisture. Also avoid storing spices over the stove, sink, or other heat and/or steam producing kitchen appliances.
How do you read the date codes and where are they located on the jar?
We use a Julian date for our production codes. If the code has four numbers followed by a letter, then the first number is the year and the next three are the day of the year. The letter stands for which plant it was produced in. A code of 6212R means it was produced on July 31, 2006 in our Richmond plant. If the code has five numbers followed by a letter, then the first two numbers are the year and the next three are the day of the year. The letter stands for which plant it was produced in. A code of 10027R means it was produced on January 27, 2010 in our Richmond plant. Date codes can be located on the back of the jar printed on the clear plastic, not the paper label.
What is the recommended shelf life for Sauer's products?
The recommended shelf life for our products is:
- Spices and seasonings: 3 years
- Extracts (except Vanilla Extract) and food colorings: 4 years
- Vanilla Extract: indefinite
Spices and seasonings never go bad, they simply decrease in potency over time. There are no health concerns associated with using spices and seasonings past their optimal shelf life date.
How can I tell if my spices and seasonings are still fresh?
Keep in mind that you use seasonings to impart flavor to your recipes. Many spices should have very distinct aroma when opened. The proper flavor will not be in your completed dish if the aroma is not present (this is particularly true of “baking” spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice). Spices lose their flavor and aroma with time. If you are unsure of available flavor in your dried spices (Dill Weed, Italian Seasoning, Onion Powder, etc.), it is recommended that you hydrate in a teaspoon of warm water for 5 minutes, then taste or smell the product to check for flavor and freshness. Also, you can place some spice between your thumb and index finger and rub gently to see if it releases the fragrance that you are seeking. Fresh spices will have the proper color, taste, and smell.
Always check for these characteristics before adding to your favorite family recipes. Without the proper color, taste and smell in the spice, your recipe will not taste the way you expect.
What steps and measures toward sustainability has Sauer Brands, Inc. taken in order to maintain its business with minimal long-term effect on the environment?
Sauer Brands, Inc. is committed to responsible business practices and exploring ways we can make our business more sustainable, including:
- corrugated and white paper products wherever possible;
- recycling plastic wrap wherever possible to minimize the amount of waste sent to landfills;
- actively conserving energy by shutting off computers and other appliances when not in use, and turning off lights when rooms are not occupied;
- reducing the use of plastic in containers wherever possible and looking towards using fewer petroleum-based raw materials while maintaining the integrity of the products we make;
- reducing our carbon footprint by using shipping and receiving options that incorporate full loads whenever possible to limit the use of fuel per load;
- regularly evaluating sanitation procedures to implement proper cleaning practices to minimize chemical residues sent to municipal water systems;
constantly looking at examples of green practices as a model for our business to make less of an impact on the environment.
Are Sauer's products certified kosher?
Most all of Sauer’s products, with a few exceptions, have been certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. All Sauer’s products certified as kosher include the kosher “circle U” symbol on the label. Please contact us if you have questions about a particular product.
How do I create different colors with your egg dye kit?
|Orange||5 parts yellow + 1 part red|
|Aqua||5 parts blue + 1 part green|
|Purple||4 parts red + 1 part blue|
|Brown||4 parts yellow + 3 parts red + 2 parts green|
How do I color eggs with your Food Colors & Egg Dye kit?
Add one teaspoon of vinegar to half cup of boiling water. Drop enough food color into mixture to obtain desired shade. Immerse egg and remove when brightly colored.
Where can I find Sauer's Spicy BBQ Sauce?
Sauer’s Spicy BBQ Sauce is no longer available to consumers – it was discontinued in 2017.
Will Sauer’s products remain the same after The C.F. Sauer Company's acquisition?
Of course! We will continue to produce the high caliber of spices, seasonings, extracts, and more that you’ve come to expect from Sauer’s. There are no plans to change product formulations or discontinue any products.
The Spice Hunter FAQ's
When will my spices expire?
All of The Spice Hunter products include a Best By date on the label, with the exception of Grill Shakers, which use Julian date codes (see next question). Spices are at their freshest when first opened, and will retain their flavor for longer when stored in a cool, dark place. See the list below for our general recommendations by product group.
|Lemon & Almond Extracts||72 Months|
|Mulling Spices/Hot Buttered Rum Packets||36 Months|
|Turkey Brine||36 months|
|Whole Spices (includes savory Peppercorn Blend)||48 Months|
|Whole Spices Exceptions: Poppy Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Vanilla Beans, Saffron Whole, Whole Nutmeg, Pine Nuts||24 Months|
|Sea Salt Blends||36 months|
|Ground/Granulated Spices||24 months|
|Herbs/ Capsicums/Salt Free Blends||24 months|
|Organic Dip and Seasoning Mixes||24 months|
|Global Fusion Rubs||24 months|
My Grill Shakers don't have a Best By date - how do I interpret the code on the jar to determine when they were produced?
Our Grill Shakers are stamped with a Julian date code that states the date each item was manufactured, in the form YY-JJJ-C.
Helpful hint: you can estimate the month your jar was manufactured by dividing the Julian date by the number 28. The resulting number will correspond to the month of the year. For example, the Julian date 208 corresponds to July 27. 208 divided by 28 is about 7, or the 7th month of the year, July.
|YY||Year (last 2 digits of the year the product was manufactured)|
|JJJ||Julian date (3 digits representing a day of the year, e.g. 001 = January 1, 365 = December 31)|
What is the best way to store my spices?
The life of your spices can best be preserved by storing them in ideal conditions. These include dark, dry, and cool locations with limited exposure to sunlight, moisture, and heat. You may have noticed how pale your dried herbs on the countertop become after just a few months – sunlight will degrade the color and flavor of your spices! Avoid shaking spices out of the jar directly over a steaming pot – moisture and heat can encourage the growth of bacteria and mold! Other common, but inadvisable locations for storing spices include over the coffee pot, sink, or other heat and/or steam producing kitchen appliances. Temperature fluctuations can cause condensation, and eventually mold, so if you choose to store your herbs and spices in the freezer or refrigerator, return them promptly after use.
Why are my spices clumping?
Clumping may occur due to excessive moisture being introduced into your spice jar. Over time, the spices can become clumped together into a hardened clump which can be broken apart and used.
Do The Spice Hunter products contain any artificial flavors, preservatives, or MSG?
Artificial, FD&C Colors
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Proteins
What does "natural flavor" mean in the ingredients statement?
The Spice Hunter Products may contain:
Are The Spice Hunter's spices and products kosher?
|Kosher Product Categories|
|Spices & Herbs|
|Salt Free Blends*|
|Organic Spices & Herbs|
|Organic Salt Free Blends|
|Sea Salt Blends|
|Global Fusion Rubs|
|Organic Dip & Seasoning Mixes|
What does "organic" mean?
Are The Spice Hunter spices irradiated?
Which The Spice Hunter products contain allergens?
|Item No.||Item Description||Allergen Statement|
|1351||Crunch Topper Everything Bagel||Contains Sesame|
|1431||Japanese 7 Spice Global Blend||Contains Sesame|
|1937||Sesame Seeds||Contains Sesame|
|1955||Szechuan Seasoning Global Blend||Contains Sesame|
|1957||Thai Seasoning Global Blend||Contains Sesame|
|1991||Crunch Toppers 7 Seed||Contains Sesame|
|1992||Crunch Topper Garden Veggie||Contains Sesame|
|1993||Crunch Topper Roasted & Onion Garlic||Contains Sesame|
|1994||Crunch Topper Sweet Seed||Contains Sesame|
|1995||Crunch Topper Zesty Italian||Contains Sesame|
|2243||Smoky Chile Global Fusion Rub||Contains Sesame|
|2253||Korean BBQ Global Fusion Rub||Contains Soy and Sesame|
Which The Spice Hunter products contain gluten?
|Item No.||Item Description||Item No.||Item Description|
|1351||Crunch Topper Everything Bagel||5330||Spicy Chili Organic Seasoning Mix|
|1991||Crunch Topper 7 Seed||5331||Fajita Organic Seasoning Mix|
|1992||Crunch Topper Garden Veggie||5332||White Bean & Chicken Chili Organic Seasoning Mix|
|1993||Crunch Topper Roasted Onion and Garlic||5333||Mild Taco Organic Seasoning Mix|
|1994||Crunch Topper Sweet Seed||5334||Spicy Taco Organic Seasoning Mix|
|1995||Crunch Topper Zesty Italian||5335||Dill Organic Dip Mix|
|2240||Global Fusion Rub Mild Sriracha||5336||French Onion Organic Dip Mix|
|2241||Global Fusion Rub Chipotle Cinnamon||5338||Guacamole Organic Dip Mix|
|2243||Global Fusion Rub Smoky Chile||5339||Ranch Organic Dip Mix|
|2244||Global Fusion Rub Smoky Turmeric||5346||Chiplotle Lime Bean Dip Mix|
|2245||Global Fusion Rub Spicy Garlic||2246||Global Fusion Rub Green Hatch Chile|
|2246||Global Fusion Rub Tandoori|
|2246||Global Fusion Rub Mango Habanero|
|2252||Global Fusion Rub Korean BBQ|
|5101||Original Turkey Brine|
|5102||Lemon Garlic Herb Turkey Brine|
Is Cassia the same as Cinnamon?
What is Saigon Cinnamon?
Saigon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum loureirii) has traditionally been considered the finest quality cinnamon due to the fact that its volatile oil content runs higher than that of other types. Saigon cinnamon is reddish brown and has a distinctly sweet flavor. The Spice Hunter’s Highland Harvested Saigon ™ Cinnamon is sourced from the highlands of Vietnam, with a minimum of 5% volatile oil – which accounts for its intense aroma and wonderful taste!
What are the origins of The Spice Hunter spices and herbs ?
When a Spice Hunter product has an origin on the front of the label, that item will always come from the stated origin. Otherwise, origins are subject to change with market conditions and availability of ingredients that meet our stringent standards for high quality.
Where are your Grill Shakers?
All Grill Shakers have been discontinued as of summer 2018.
Where are your soup cups and bowls?
All soup cups and bowls have been discontinued.
Where is Fresh at Hand?
I've placed an order, when will my order be shipped?
Are there general usage tips for spices?
How do I measure fresh vs. dried herbs in a recipe?
Twelve “Must Have” Spices:
Twelve “Must Have” Spice Blends:
Can I make my own blends?
How do I brew mulling spices?
Kernel Season's FAQ's
Can Kernel Season's® be used on any type of popcorn?
Of course it can. Kettle popped is always fun, but if you're popping in the microwave or with an air popper, we hav a few tips so you can get the best results.
Generously sprinkle one capful on freshly popped popcorn. Reclose the popcorn bag and shake well.
Spray freshly popped popcorn with Kernel Season's Spritzer or another butter/oil spray to help the seasoning stick. Generously sprinkle with one capful of seasoning and shake well.
Should the popcorn be hot when I sprinkle on the seasoning?
It doesn’t have to be hot, but the steam from the popcorn can help the seasoning stick.
Can I use Kernel Season’s on other foods?
Sure, that’s a great idea. We have heard of people sprinkling our Kettle Corn seasoning on their cereal and our Nacho Cheddar seasoning on French fries and tater tots. You are only limited by your imagination.
Can I mix flavors?
Absolutely, that’s a big part of Kernel Season’s fun. There are over 35,000 possible combinations. (We haven’t tried them all. We’re just good at math.)
Is Kernel Season’s certified Kosher?
Yes, ALL of Kernel Season’s products are certified Kosher by the Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC).
Does Kernel Season’s take flavor suggestions?
Unfortunately, we can’t. While we are always grateful to hear from loyal customers about their experiences with our products, as a rule, we do not accept unsolicited ideas regarding our products or our business from customers. Our policy is in no way meant to be a rejection of the ideas of our customers or others who have so wisely chosen to enjoy Kernel Season’s. Rather, we have this policy in place to avoid potential misunderstandings. So, we humbly ask that you refrain from submitting any unsolicited ideas or other works to Kernel Season’s or its employees. We are happy to have you as part of the Kernel Season’s family and appreciate your understanding. For updates on new flavors and product offerings, please refer to our website, Facebook and
Does Kernel Season’s provide free samples?
Does Kernel Season’s offer donations?
As a matter of fact we do. At Kernel Season’s we believe in doing the right thing and inspiring family fun. If you believe your mission aligns with ours, we are happy to consider any donation requests from your non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Please email email@example.com to receive our full policy and an application.
How long does it take to receive my order?
We know you can’t wait. We ship from Chicago via FedEx Ground to anywhere in the continental United States. Our goal is to process and ship the order within 5-7 business days. Shipping can take 4-7 business days based on your distance from Chicago.
Does Kernel Season’s ship to APO/FPO addresses?
Roger, that. In fact, we are happy to serve the folks who so bravely serve our country and usually include a little something extra along with all orders sent to an APO/FPO address.
Does Kernel Season’s sell products outside the USA?
Sorry, we don’t sell internationally through our website, but we partnered with a company called American Trading International (or ATI) to distribute our seasoning in the following areas:
The United Kingdom