Pantry Selectors - Hornbeam Magic Bag
There is no such thing as waste here at the Forrist, so when we’ve got so much great produce to spare, we bag them up and offer them to you at a hugely discounted price, which means you’re save money and the planet! You’ll likely open it and wonder what you can do with all of the wonderfully random ingredients you’ve added to your pantry in your bid to rid the world from more waste. We’ve compiled a list below to help you get started with our pantry selectors.
Organic Black Peppercorns
Needing no introduction or explanation, pepper is the most essential spice of them all. Opt for our Organic black peppercorns, and season your meals with the purest and highest quality peppercorns unaffected by nasty pesticides and sterilisation.
Organic Rice Syrup
Organic brown rice syrup has a mild sweetness; much less so than agave syrup, sugar and honey. It is known to be reminiscent of butterscotch with a slightly nuttier taste. You can use it like any other liquid sweetener. Add it to drinks, your pancakes or in any recipe that calls for a liquid sweetener.
Organic Steel Cut Oats
Unlike the more common oats, organic steel cut oats preserve all of the nutrition contained in the grain. It retains the germ, the endosperm and the bran which makes it a great option for a wholesome breakfast, lunch or even dinner.
Organic Pumpkin Seeds
Highly nutritious and versatile, organic pumpkin seeds are a good source of fatty acids, zinc and magnesium. Try them roasted as a snack, sprinkled over meals or added to a sweet treat like flapjacks.
Organic Blanched Peanuts
Full of protein and an abundance of fatty acids. Organic blanched peanuts are a perfect savoury snack in between meals. Chop them up and add them to your favourite noodle dish for extra crunch and if you love nut butters, these are perfect for making your own.
Organic Juniper Berries
Excellent in a tea blend or when making homemade gin, organic juniper berries have a sharp, piney flavour which compliments dishes both sweet and savoury.
Organic Arborio Rice
Organic arborio rice is your go-to when making a risotto. The plump grains meld perfectly with stock and seasonal veg to make the deliciously filling Italian dish and if you want a deliciously comforting sweet treat, try slow cooking the creamiest rice pudding ever!
Extremely versatile and one of the most popular herbs in British cooking, this organic parsley would be perfect for making your own parsley butter, as well as a tasty addition to soups and pastas.
Organic Puffed Millet
Delicious and gluten-free, use puffed millet as part of your breakfast bowl, or in sweet or savoury baking.
Organic Gluten Free Brown Rice Flour
Organic brown rice flour, a nutritious alternative to wheat flour, is high in protein, iron and vitamin B. It works wonderfully in dumplings, pancakes and crackers, as well as a thickening agent for soups and stews.
Fun Fact about the Hornbeam tree
Hornbeam timber is a pale, creamy white with a flecked grain. It is extremely hard; in fact it has the hardest wood of any tree in Europe. Nowadays, it’s mainly used for furniture, flooring and wood turning, but traditionally the wood was made into ox yokes which were used to join a team of ploughing oxen together. The wooden ‘beam’ would have been attached to their horns which may have contributed to the tree’s name. It’s more likely, however, that the hornbeam is so named due to the hardness of its timber – ‘horn’ means ‘hard’ and ‘beam’ was the name for a tree in old English.
Other traditional uses were butchers' chopping blocks, piano hammers, wood screws, coach wheels and cogs for windmills and water mills. It was also coppiced and pollarded for poles. The wood also burns well and makes good firewood and charcoal.
A tonic made from hornbeam was said to relieve tiredness and exhaustion, and its leaves were used to stop bleeding and heal wounds.