Can You Beat 1975? Steenbergs Oldest Spice Competition Returns

14 Mar, 2016, 04:00 ET from Steenbergs

RIPON, England, March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Following the success of last year's Oldest Spice Competition, Steenbergs will once again be encouraging everyone to purge their store cupboards in March, in search of the UK's oldest spice.  

Last year our winner was a jar of Sainsbury's Pickling Spices from 1975 costing a mere 19p. Throughout March Steenbergs is hoping to brush the dust off a few more jars, with the incentive of winning £50 worth of fragrant, aromatic Steenbergs spices to restock the lucky winner's cupboard.

"We were amazed with the response to our competition last year," says Sophie Steenberg, who founded Steenbergs with her husband Axel in 2003. "It encouraged people to revisit their spices and add a little something extra to their cooking again. If people are ever unsure what to do with a half opened jar, we've got lots of exciting new recipes on our website to tickle all taste buds." http://www.steenbergs.co.uk/recipes

"The best way to store spices is in a cupboard away from light and heat but it can be easy to forget about them," adds Axel. "Here at Steenbergs we pack our herbs and spices into glass jars with tight fitting lids to keep the flavour in and maximise the shelf life, but ideally 2-3 years is the optimal shelf life to make sure that the delicate flavours don't fade.

To enter the competition, just photograph the jar and send to Steenbergs via email, Facebook or Twitter before Thursday 31st March. Full details can be found at: http://www.steenbergs.co.uk/article/show/57/oldest-spice-competition-2016

So search out that celery salt and dust off that dill seed to be in with a chance of winning £50 of fresh, fragrant Steenbergs spices.

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Notes to editors 

Based in rural North Yorkshire, Steenbergs Organic was established in 2003 by Axel and Sophie Steenberg. Since the outset, we have been centred on sourcing and packing the best organic spices, herbs and teas that we can find. We are one of the leaders in Fairtrade spices. We also blend spices and herbs to our own recipes creating a range of organic seasonings.

What are our differentiating features: 

Completely focused on organic and ethical trading - we source most of our spices direct from growers and grower groups, many of whom are in the developing world, eg India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Egypt, Vietnam, Indonesia, Turkey. We know down to the region and often the exact 1 hectare farm who grew the spices or herbs.

One of the original Fairtrade spices businesses - we worked (and continue to work) with Fairtrade to develop standards for spices, becoming one of the first Fairtrade spices businesses (the other 2 were Italian), launching the first Fairtrade spices range in Europe.

Determined to develop organic and Fairtrade into the quality standard for spices - since the outset, we have been continuously developing the technical side of our spices and herbs. We work with our producers to improve the quality of their raw materials, as well as having the widest range of low micro spices and herbs in the organic spices/herbs sector. Our new factory is to the highest food technical standard with food grade wall throughout the production and warehouse area and resin floors. At the same time, we brought in new metal detection, check sieving, blending and grinding capability. All staff are trained in food hygiene and safety using external trainers.

Carbon neutral - we are committed to minimising our impact on the environment, so are carbon neutral now. Steenbergs moved into new premises at the start of 2007 that include environmental features, such as sun pipes, green energy, low water use toilet, linoleum floors (in changing areas) and solar panels.

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