7.19.2010

darn good granola!

Recently, I had the opportunity to help make a large batch of out of this world good granola. 680 pounds of it, to be exact. Ira, the chef and owner of White Pine Products asked if I was interested in helping with the process. I always love trying new things so I just had to say yes! What a fun experience! I've never seen so much granola in my life!

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Ira gave me a box full of White Pine goodies to try including several varieties of granola.

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They are all fantastic! The flavor and texture is so fresh and delicious. Sometimes when I purchase other brands of granola they seem chewy and a bit stale but this White Pine Granola has a wonderful crunch and all of the ingredients taste so fresh. Each flavor is so terrific, it's difficult to choose a favorite!

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Here is a shot of me pouring honey into a pot. This part was a good workout!

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After the honey mixture has simmered on the stove for a bit, Chef Ira pours it over the other ingredients and then bakes it in the oven.

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The granola cools on racks before the raisins are added.

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Making granola is hard work! Just look at all of that granola goodness!

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White Pine also makes a wonderful Muesli cereal.

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I had an opportunity to try some of the baking mixes as well. My kids and I love the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix.

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I love that there are whole oats in the mix. Ira suggests putting some sliced bananas over the top. I happened to have some lovely strawberries from Saturday market so I sliced them up as well. Delicious!

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There are several varieties of nuts including, Candied Pecans, Maple Spice Hazelnuts (organic) and Amaretto Vanilla Almonds. We couldn't keep our paws out of these!

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Now, here are a couple of products I really love! Vanilla Sugar and Pure Vanilla extract. Both are made from organic vanilla beans and completely delicious. These are so aromatic, they just about make me swoon! ;)

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White Pine Products
are produced locally and distributed in various retail stores throughout Portland, Eugene, Ashland, Seattle and Klamath Falls. You can also order online through the website. Hop on over and check it out!

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42 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

Take a little bit of each to come out with the best and freshest breakfast granola! (Or some granola energy bars?)

love lives in the kitchen said...

after reading that i really need a pancake!
have a sweet day,
justyna

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh my gosh that is a lot of granola. I just love the pic of you..concentrating..very cute.

It really does look yummy and so did your pancakes.

Hope all is going great with the family,
xoxo Dj

cheri said...

oh, i love muesli and granolas! i'm so envious you got a chance at working with a chef...

bellini valli said...

Such a fun way to spend the day:D

Cathy said...

Wow, that a lot of granola, Kim. Those pancakes look delish.

Heavenly Housewife said...

What a fun experience :).
I am now craving pancakes... I wonder why LOL
*kisses* HH

Taylor said...

Thats a lot of granola! I'm moving to Seattle next week, so I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for these products!

Joanne said...

That is a TON of granola! What an awesome experience though. The flavors sound delicious!

TKW said...

That's a gi-normous batch of granola, girl! Looks like tons of fun, though!

Pam said...

That's a lot of granola! It sounds like you had a great fun time!

♥peachkins♥ said...

That is fun!

Julia said...

Kim that looks like an amazing experience. I love seeing how things are made on large scale. I bet the smell of toasted oats was just wonderful. I toast oats to make scones and the warm nutty smell fills the house. MMMMMM Good!! Thanks for sharing this one.

Natalie said...

I've never seen such large bags of granola! What a fun way to spend a day :)

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

WOW that was a lot of granola! What fun! I've never heard of White Pine Products so I'll have to keep my eyes open for it now. That vanilla sugar and all those flavored nuts and the granola yumm my favorite.

Jeannie said...

That sure is a lot of granola! And so fresh! I wish I could get some here.

pigpigscorner said...

woah, that's a lot of granola! Would love to make some myself one day!

Megan said...

Looks just like the bakery! I do 6 trays' worth at a time. And we add dried cranberries once it cools.

What a great experience!

Kim said...

What a fun day! I'd like to try it all, but those amaretto almonds are calling my name:)

Allyson said...

As we are absolutely nowhere close to Oregon, I will be checking out White Pine online. But what unusual mixes they offer! Vanilla sugar?? Sounds like a Mason jar full of heaven to me!

And what a fun experience! You can now cross "make 6 tons of granola" off of your bucket list!

Randi Troxell said...

wowzer!
never in my life.. that's a lotta granola!!!

Claudia said...

Well, you can never have too much granola. Go for all of them. You'll fund a use! The photos are such fun!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

What a fun adventure Kim! Everything look really delicious - love those flavored nuts and the vanillas! I can tell just by looking at the pictures that the products are superior. Everything looks super fresh.

Krista said...

How cool! I can see how it would be a good workout. I'll take one of each product please...it all looks great, especially the granola!

tigerfish said...

Look at those batches of granola...wish I could have one pack!:p

Julie said...

That surely is a lot of granola. I'd love to try their stuff :)

clearlytangled said...

i wish someone would ask me to help make 680 tons of granola. it looks like so much fun!

Lisa said...

What fun! I love to make granola. Sounds like a fabulous experience.

Cailin @ Stir Crazy said...

Sounds like it was a fun experience! What I love about granola is that there are so many combinations with all the different dried fruits and nuts. Possibilities are endless!

Rhiannon Nicole said...

Kim that is a heck of a lot of granola :) haha sounds delicious though! I have been really enjoying granola in my yogurt! Yummy!! xo

Kristin said...

Wow that must have been quite the undertaking! It looks delicious!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

That is a LOT of granola. Whoa!

The Blonde Duck said...

That is a lot of granola.

RoseBelle said...

I LOVE granola. I love them with milk or just a simple bar. I would love to try making them fresh but I don't think I'd make 600 pounds. LOL!

Foodessa said...

This is exactly the kind of outing I would enjoy. The pics were wonderful.
I saw the label 'candied pecans'...ohhh I want some ;o)
Fresh granola is the very best.

Thanks for sharing all this.
Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Stella said...

Hey Kim, this granola sounds wonderful. I make my own, as I recently realized how easy it is. But I will keep this brand in mind for busy weeks.
p.s. I used to have to hold a big pot of clarified butter like that almost every day when I worked in a French restaurant. The chef would whisk the Bearnaise sauce while I held the heavy pot-it is a work out!

Maddy said...

Wow!!! How interesting! I'm sure it was a great learning experience too. I never really think about all the work (and the people!)that go into a bowl of granola, but I guess it is a whole process :)

Magic of Spice said...

Great photo...wow that is a lot of granola :)

Sook said...

This is such a healthy way to enjoy homemade granola. Looks so good!

Chef Dennis said...

now thats one whole heck of a lot of granola....I'm impressed....I have been meaning to make some and yours looks great!

The Food Hunter said...

That's what I call making granola

Patti at Worth The Whisk said...

I have been searching for a granola recipe that fits a lot of my quirky desires and this one seems to be IT. Thanks so much!

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