Excalibur Seasoning: Part 2 - Seasoning Storage & Quality Control


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    Excalibur Seasoning: Part 2 - Seasoning Storage & Quality Control

    Learn about Excalibur Seasoning and why you should trust them to blend your seasonings. In part 2, you'll get answers to frequently asked questions about storage of seasonings, shelf-life, and quality control. Watch the video, read the highlights here, and then post your comments or questions below.

    Summary

    In this episode we talked with John Brewer, the VP of Sales & Marketing at Excalibur Seasoning, about the storage of seasonings and we also asked some quality control questions.

    What is the best way to store your seasonings?

    In a cool dry place, with low humidity. Humidity is one of the biggest enemies of seasoning blends because it causes seasonings to harden like a brick and become very difficult to use. This increases more and more as you have seasoning blends with more sugar in them.

    Does storing in the freezer or cooler help with shelf life?

    Not really. Most of the advantage by storing in the cooler is the lower humidity and eliminating clumping and caking in seasoning blends.

    What is the expected shelf life for seasonings and does that vary between spices, blends, and cures?

    2 years is the most that you should store seasonings. Anything past that, and the seasoning is not longer of the same quality. If you have held onto a seasoning for 2 years, you may not be using enough of it to justify keeping around anyways.

    What happens when a seasoning is held past it’s shelf life?

    The seasoning loses its flavor profile or “pop” because the volatile oils that give you the taste tend to dissipate, and you lose having the same touch in the seasoning.

    Is it still safe to consume past the expiration date or shelf life?

    Absolutely! It just will not have quite the same taste or potency. You will not get sick from eating/using seasoning that is old.

    What kinds of quality control does Excalibur Seasoning use in their process?

    From Excalibur’s SQF Level 3 certification (detailed further in another video), every input is logged and lot coded, and all of those lots that are input into a seasoning blend are tracked and the resulting seasoning blend is lot coded as well. Everything is tracked, documented and logged. Excalibur has an extremely high level of detail that they put into tracking all of their products and maintaining the highest level of quality and traceability.

    Does this apply to all types of seasonings, blends, spices, and cures?

    Yes, the 2 year limit and same principles applies to all varieties.

    How does a customer know if there is a recall on a seasoning?

    In most cases, the product would never have even reached the end-user. Recalls are typically found and dealt with before the spice ever is inserted into a blend or sold to an end-user. If a recall was to happen, Excalibur would contact Walton’s, or other customers who purchased from them with details on exactly which spices or blends and exactly which Lot codes were affected.

    Has Excalibur Seasoning ever had a problem with a recall?

    No! To this date, Excalibur Seasoning has not had a recall due to any problem on their end. This is highly attributable to the high level of care that Excalibur takes during their manufacturing process and their SQF Level 3 certification. Quality is of the utmost importance, and Excalibur logs every input into a seasoning and tracks its usage and the controls are so tight that they simply have not had an issue. That is not to say that they never would have an issue, BUT, given the requirements that they follow and their proven track records of excellence in producing safe products, they have not had any problems to this point.

    Does Excalibur irradiate their seasoning, or use irradiated ingredients?

    Excalibur does not irradiate their seasonings, but the ingredients they use are already irradiated.

    Does Excalibur grind their own seasonings?

    No. They buy spices that are already pre-ground according to the specifications they need.


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