Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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?
SauerBrands, Inc. is committed to responsible business practices andexploring 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 otherappliances when not in use, and turning off lights when rooms are notoccupied;
- reducing the use of plastic in containers wherever possible andlooking towards using fewer petroleum-based raw materials whilemaintaining the integrity of the products we make;
- reducing our carbon footprint by using shipping and receivingoptions that incorporate full loads whenever possible to limit the useof fuel per load;
- regularly evaluating sanitation procedures to implement propercleaning practices to minimize chemical residues sent to municipal watersystems;
- 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?
How do I create different colors with your egg dye kit?
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?
Where can I find Sauer's Spicy BBQ Sauce?