The Ultimate Guide to All-Natural Spices
Making good decisions when buying food requires that consumers understand the information on product labels. When you go to buy spices and seasonings, you want to avoid nasty ingredients like unnecessary fillers, preservatives, and add-ins that you don't really need (like added sugar and wheat). Many popular spice blends on the market include ingredients you wouldn't expect, and probably don't want.
When we created our Bearded Butcher Blend Seasonings, one of the major motivators was that we wanted high-quality, all natural spices without added ingredients. We had a hard time finding spices that met our needs, so we went and made our own. Not only are the Bearded Butcher spices all natural, gluten-free, and free of fillers, preservatives, and MSG; they are also incredibly delicious. You'll find yourself using them on everything!
What are All-Natural Spices?
Products like spice blends that are marketed as all-natural are expected to be free of unnatural ingredients. But, what does that really mean, anyway? The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not made rules requiring manufacturers to formally describe the term. The FDA says that it's long-standing policy regarding the use of the term all-natural on product labels means the product doesn't contain synthetic or artificial ingredients. A label saying that a product is all-natural does not mean the ingredients are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
All of our Bearded Butcher Blend Seasonings are all-natural. We don't add artificial colors, flavors, or ingredients. There are no fillers and no unnecessary ingredients. The reason is simple; we use them ourselves and we want to provide the highest quality food for our family and friends. It's more expensive to make our spices this way, but one taste and you'll agree – the extra effort to provide spice blends made with high-quality ingredients is worth it.
What are GMO's?
GMO's are plants that have been altered using bio-engineering to alter specific aspects of the plant. Many GMO products are created to be resistant to pests and herbicides. This allows farmers to reduce or avoid using harmful chemicals to kill weeds and bugs. Other GMO products are engineered to grow bigger or faster.
GMO's are different from selective breeding in that the organism has been modified in a laboratory rather than by crossing different species to get the desired result. Another method of altering the DNA of an organism is through the use of radiation or chemicals. Interestingly, these products do not fall under GMO standards in the United States and do not have to be labeled.
What Plants are GMO's?
Only a few plants grown in the US are GMO products, but these plants also find their way into tons of food products. For example, corn is one of the most common GMO's around, and a tremendous amount of the cornstarch used in the US is derived from GMO corn. Cornstarch is used to thicken soups and sauces and is a common ingredient in thousands of off-the-shelf products. Sugar beets are also GMO plants, and around 80% of the sugar used in the US is derived from sugar beets.
Are GMO's Bad for You?
With all the publicity about GMO's over the last several years, you might assume they are bad for you. The FDA is responsible for testing and approving GMO's before they are allowed to be sold on the market in the US. Though years of testing, no significant difference has been found between consuming GMO's and not. Nearly all GMO's produced in the United States are used as feed for livestock and poultry. Again, the FDA has found no difference in animals fed GMO's versus animals that eat non-GMO foods.
There is always the possibility that GMO's may be bad for us. The best way to avoid any potential health problems is simply to buy products that don't include GMO's, like our Bearded Butcher Seasoning Blends. We use only natural products, like cane sugar and molasses in our Black seasoning and non-GMO chili peppers in our Chipotle seasoning.
What is Gluten-Free
Gluten is a protein chain that is found in grains like wheat and barley. Around 3 million Americans suffer from Celiac disease, a condition that causes severe digestive problems and can even cause death. Millions more suffer from sensitivity to various types of gluten with symptoms ranging from nausea to full-on digestive issues. Corn, potatoes, and rice do not contain gluten.
The FDA is responsible for certifying gluten-free foods. In order for a product to be labeled as gluten-free, it may not contain more than 20 ppm of gluten. This is the lowest detectable amount of gluten possible with modern science. Products sold in the US must include information about whether the product contains wheat, even if the product is free of gluten, but processed on equipment that also handles wheat.
Our spice blends are all gluten-free simply because we don't use any unnecessary ingredients. We don't add wheat or barley to our blends, and we only purchase ingredients from companies that process gluten separate from other ingredients so their is no cross-contamination.
Are Bearded Butcher Blend Seasonings Keto Friendly?
The Keto diet has become popular in recent years and for good reason. Most of the food people eat on a Keto diet is meat! Now that's a diet we can get behind! People who are on a Keto diet try to eliminate carbohydrates from their diet, replacing them with fats. By doing so, the body is "tricked" into burning fats instead of carbohydrates, leading to weight loss.
If you are on a Keto diet, you'll be happy to know that our seasoning blends are very Keto friendly. Except for our Hollywood and Black seasoning blends, our seasonings do not include any sugar, making them ideal for Keto diets.
What Makes Bearded Butcher Blend Seasonings the Best
Our seasoning blends are all born of a love of flavor. We want only the best ingredients when we cook, and the only way to make it happen was to create our own. From day one, our spice blends have been all-natural, gluten-free, and have no added fillers, colors, or GMO's. When you use the Bearded Butcher Blend Seasonings you know that they are the highest-quality ingredients available.
Good quality doesn't mean anything if the spice blends don't taste good, though. Each one of our specialty spice blends is custom crafted to provide the best flavor possible. We spent hours doing one of our favorite things in the world, flavoring different types of meat and veggies with seasonings to find the perfect balance of salty, savory, and spicy. Each one of our all-natural seasonings offers unique flavors to compliment a wide variety of meals.
The Best Way to Use Bearded Butcher Blend Seasonings
Maybe you think we are joking when we say, "Use it on everything." We aren't. Literally, you can use our seasonings on anything from wild game to salads. We've got a ton of great recipes on our blog and YouTube channel that show you ways to use our favorite blends in different meals. You can use our spices as a dry rub on ribs, or sprinkled on a roast, even mixed into burgers. They go great on roasted vegetables, too. You can even use them to make delicious dipping sauces. When we say everything, we mean everything.
Gluten-Free & Keto-Friendly Carnitas Taco Recipe
We are going to share one of our favorite ways to make easy tacos with you today to show how versatile our seasoning blends can be. Most taco seasonings you buy include unnecessary fillers, added sugar, and questionable ingredients. Using the Bearded Butcher Blend Seasonings, you can quickly whip up intensely flavorful tacos your family will love even if it isn't Taco Tuesday.
- Pork Butt Roast
- Bearded Butcher Blend Seasonings – Hot and Chipotle
- Pico de Gallo – cilantro, white onion, lime, jalapeno pepper
- Tortillas – Corn for gluten-free or cauliflower for Keto-friendly
- Guacamole – avocado, salt, lime
- Liberally rub the pork butt roast in a 50/50 mixture of Hot and Chipotle seasonings.
- Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees.
- Place the roast on the smoker with a remote meat thermometer in the thickest part.
- Smoke until the internal temperature hits 175 degrees. Increase temperature of the smoker to 400 degrees until internal temperature hits 205 degrees.
- Remove from smoker and wrap in foil. Let rest for 20-30 minutes.
- While the roast is resting, coarsely chop white onion, cilantro, and jalapeno peppers and combine in a bowl. Add salt and lime juice. Then, peel, pit, and mash the avocado in a separate bowl. Add salt and lime juice and combine.
- On a cutting board, use a fork to shred the pork roast into medium size pieces.
- Heat a cast iron skillet with a small amount of oil, then add in the pulled pork. Fry until golden and crisp.
- Serve tortillas warmed in the oven or fried in the pork drippings. Gluten-free corn tortillas and Keto-friendly cauliflower tortillas can be store-bought or homemade.
- Place the fried carnitas on a tortilla with a scoop of guacamole and a spoonful of Pico de Gallo for an easy, authentic, and delicious Mexican taco flavored with two of the Bearded Butcher Blend Seasoning all-stars.