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Hormel Announces World’s Hottest Canned Chili Featuring Ghost Reaper

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As a lover of all things chili, the spicier, the better when I sit down to a bowl. Sure, some days I may be drenched in sweat, tongue numb, and downing glasses of lact0se-free milk to help calm the heat. What can I say though, I’m a sucker for that fire. 

To my delight, Hormel Chili has announced the release of what they’re calling the World’s Hottest Canned Chili with Beans. 

Ghost and Carolina Reaper peppers are added to Hormel’s classic chili recipe to create the fiery new Ghost Reaper Chili that you can throw on pretty much anything or eat entirely on its own. 

Me, I’ll probably throw it on a bacon cheeseburger or a buttload of fresh homemade fries. Extra well done, so they don’t get soggy under the chili. 

You can order the Ghost Reaper Chili in packs of two cans beginning Oct. 25 online at Target.com. 

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Apparently, Food Scented Face Masks Are A Trend This Week

Photo courtesy of Jack in the Box.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has gone on, plenty of companies have created branded face masks as a way to promote their image.

This week, however, multiple companies took it a step further and added food scents to their face masks, adding concealed aromas that mimic some of our favorite foods.

Jack in the Box, for example, is promoting a new plant-based “Unchicken Sandwich” by distributing a chicken-scented face mask. The mask produces the scent of fried chicken, since the sandwich they’re making is supposed to be a substitute for poultry.

Those face masks will be distributed for free for those that can snag one on a special website on October 23rd.

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The other company to make a scented face mask this week is Hormel, to promote their Black Label Bacon. Called “Breathable Bacon,” the face mask cloth contains the aroma of bacon inside of it so you can smell it whenever you’re wearing your mask.

Like Jack in the Box, Hormel is also giving these out for free on a special website. Hormel is also giving meals to Feeding America for every person that requests one of the face masks, up to 10,000 meals.

Having that much scent concentrated around your nose and mouth means you’ll be inundated with the aroma of whichever you choose. If that’s something you want to experience, it’s starting to see usage as a marketing tool for brands, meaning we’ll likely see more as the pandemic continues.

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Hormel’s Newest Meat Products Are Designed For Those With Swallowing Disorders

For those with a form of dysphagia, or swallowing disorder, it can be very difficult to eat various forms of foods, especially meat. Hormel’s Health Labs has come up with a solution specifically for meat, developing a line of ready-to-go meats that are designed for those with forms of dysphagia.

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To prepare meat for those with dysphagia, it has to be ground to a certain size and consistency for safety and comfort reasons. The meat products that Hormel Health Labs just developed were made in accordance with the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI). These meat products are suitable for IDDSI level 5 (“Minced and Moist,” about 4mm in size, the standard size of chewed food particles) and level 6 (“Soft and Bite-Sized,” about 15 mm in size, small enough to prevent asphyxiation should food accidentally get in someone’s airway).

Hormel’s products fit within these standards, but are also meant to be a quick and easy way to prepare tasty meals for those with swallowing disorders. Considering that most meals for those with dysphagia tend to be poor in “quality of life” standards, these could signify a marked improvement in enjoying food when it comes to meals.

You can purchase these in turkey, chicken, pork, and beef varieties. They are available in resealable packaging, and can be portioned out to cook in the microwave or on a stovetop. Buying these requires getting in contact with a sales rep for Hormel Health Labs, which can be done at the above link.

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Hormel Just Created Meal Kits Designed For People With Swallowing Disorders

1 in 25 adults today suffers from dysphagia, a term given to a range of disorders that affect your ability to swallow. It is especially prevalent among the elderly and those who suffer from multiple sclerosis, dementia, a stroke, or injuries to the head and/or neck.

Today, according to Hormel Health Labs marketing director Tim Garry, most of those people get their nutritional needs through “baby food.” Those products are at the right consistency and texture for those with dysphagia to eat, but are often seen as poor quality-of-life options.

Hormel Health Labs has a new range of products that look to improve on that, with over 30 new items available in their Thick & Easy meal kits, designed for folks suffering from these conditions.

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The meals can be simply steamed or microwave to reheat and eat, and were chef-crafted to make sure they capitalize on flavor. Each pureed meal kit comes with over 30 different items, enough for six lunch or dinner meals. Breakfast meal kits are also available, with enough food for nine different meals as an option. Choices include Maple Cinnamon French Toast, Roast Turkey with Stuffing and Green Beans, or Italian-Style Beef Lasagna, as examples.

For those with dysphagia, these meal kits could represent a way to get taste and more crafted nutrition back into their lives while being able to control what they eat more.

Hormel Health Lab’s meal kits are available through most major healthcare distributors, but can also be ordered online by the individual kit or as part of a subscription program.

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Everything You Need To Know About This Year’s Best Firehouse Chili

In the quest to find the next Best Firehouse Chili in America, The makers of Hormel® Chili hosted a live cook-off in New York as the finale event of their competition. The finale brought together the top five chili recipes from this year’s submissions from around the country.

Each of them was competing for the grand prize: $10,000 and a year’s supply of Hormel®️ Chili for their firehouse. The Makers of Hormel® Chili also honored the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation (NFFF) with a $20,000 donation.

This year’s five finalists were as follows:

Garrett Doucette from Upsala, Minnesota, with his Creamy Turkey Chili,

Dan Rinaldi from Providence, Rhode Island, with his Blazin’ Blue Crab Chili,

Eddy Dumire from Woodbridge, Virginia, with his Smoke Showin’ Chili,

Milton Williams from Dallas, TX, with his Texas Cyclone Chili,

and Alex Callegari from Miami, Florida, with his Miami-style Chili.

Each of the finalists had to prepare a batch of chili and serve it up to three judges, who evaluated each for originality and creativity, flavor, and the story behind the recipe. One of the judges included celebrity judge, Jason George of ABC’s hit show Station 19.

The judges’ final decision granted the win to Eddy Dumire, earning him and his team at the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department the grand prize.

Dumire’s Smoke Showin’ Chili, named after a term firefighters use when smoke can be seen upon arrival at a site, delivered on smoky flavor. A combo of brisket, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, bacon, and smoked corn ears were key in handing him the win.

Dumire’s department plans to use the winnings to fund the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department program that puts together visits from Santa on a firetruck for terminally ill children in their local community.


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The Heartwarming Story Behind America’s ‘Best Firehouse Chili’

With the upcoming 4th of July holiday, a lot of families will be celebrating with classic American dishes, like chili. If you’re looking for an award-winning recipe to share with everyone coming over, this firehouse recipe is that and so much more – the current “Best Firehouse Chili in America” has a pretty heartwarming story behind it.

Louisiana firefighter Jeremy Chauvin dedicated the recipe to his brother, Spencer. According to NOLA.com, Spencer was a local fire chief who died after being struck by a vehicle while tending to an accident back in 2016. Chauvin competed in last year’s Hormel Chili’s American’s Best Firehouse Chili Contest in memory of his brother, and ended up winning the cook-off.

Chauvin received $10,000 for his firehouse and a year’s supply of chili for winning the competition, and Hormel Foods also donated $20,000 in his name to the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation (NFFF), who honored his brother earlier that year.

It was a moving tribute, and Chauvin said it was a “great way” to honor his late brother. “I could not think of a better way to share my brother’s story and continue his legacy,” he added.

The actual chili recipe comes from Chauvin’s mom, and adds a New Orleans twist to a classic red chili. The ground beef, spices, and tomatoes are combined with a dark roux, made from butter and flour cooked until the mixture goes a deep shade of brown. The roux is mixed with “trinity,” a mix of bell peppers, onions, and celery native to Louisiana, then added into the chili.

Basically, the recipe adds a classic New Orleans gumbo base to chili to accomplish a rich flavor and consistency that’ll take your stew to the next level. It’s great on its own, with cheese and chips, or loaded onto a chili cheeseburger as part of your 4th of July cookout.

Hormel Foods is giving firefighters across the country the opportunity to do what Chauvin did last year, as their America’s Best Chili Cookoff returns for a second year.

Firefighters from around the country can submit their recipes at this link for a chance to compete for the prize. One finalist will be chosen from the North, South, East, West, and Midwest to fly to New York for a live cook-off. The winner will be crowned America’s Best Firehouse Chili Recipe and will get the grand prize of $10,000 for their firehouse, a year’s supply of Hormel®️ chili, and $20,000 donated to the NFFF in their name.  

Those looking to recreate Chauvin’s award-winning chili can peep the full recipe below:

Recipe serves 8 people.

Ingredients:
For the chili mixture
2 tablespoons cooking oil
3 pounds ground beef
1 ½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon white pepper
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
3 tablespoons steak sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 ½ cups diced tomatoes
1 cup ketchup
2 cups tomato sauce
1 ½ cups tomato paste
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

For the roux mixture
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons flour
3 stalks celery, diced
2 bell peppers, diced
1 white onion, diced
2 shallots, diced
3 cloves garlic, finely diced

Cooking Instructions:

1. In Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of oil. Brown ground beef.

2. Drain beef; return to Dutch oven. Add salt, white pepper, black pepper, curry powder, turmeric, chili powder, steak sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Add diced tomatoes, cover, and cook 15 minutes.

3. In large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil. When the butter is foamy, whisk in 2 tablespoons flour until fully incorporated. Continue to whisk until the mixture reaches a dark brown color.

4. Add diced celery, bell peppers, onion, shallots, and garlic. Stir to fully combine.

5. Uncover the chili mixture, and add roux with vegetables. Add ketchup, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and apple cider vinegar. Bring up to a simmer and serve hot.

6. Enjoy with cheese, chips, on a burger, or any other way you want!


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Bite-sized SPAM JERKY Is Coming To Grocery Shelves Near You

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When we start snacking on bits of Spam, we get dirty looks. When Hormel Foods Corp. releases Spam Jerky, however, it’s “innovative.” Really though, this is awesome news.

The dried meat bites will be available in three flavors: Bacon, Teriyaki and Classic. In an effort to keep in pace with the consumer base, Hormel plans to focus on innovation rather than imitation.

If innovation means chopping up pieces of dried Spam and serving it ready-to-eat in a snack pack then we’re all for it. Look for the Spam Snacks to hit stores this summer at selected supermarket regions.

Hormel also presented a line of Turkey Breast Sticks. They’re probably a much less saltier alternative.

 

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Today I Learned: SPAM Is a Portmanteau of ‘Spiced Ham’

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Go ahead and call me an idiot. What kind of food blogger am I. How could I have possibly have gone 22 years without knowing that SPAM wasn’t just a nifty piece of branding wordsmithery, but that it actually stood for something? Something good and real and, albeit dubiously, delicious?

Well, I didn’t. But at least now you won’t have to face the same embarrassment as me.

According to TIME Newsfeed, the 76-year-old meat product originally known as Hormel Spiced Ham changed its name to “Spam” in 1937, on the suggestion of one of the Hormel executive’s brothers. Because the canned protein contains actually little ham, however, the company instead suggested the letters stood for “Shoulder of Pork and Ham” – and not “Special Processed American Meat,” “Some Parts Are Meat” or any other of the brilliant backronyms pop culture has blessed us with over the years.

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