We are extremely excited to announce that we have created a whole new seasoning blend; the Best Friend Blend! We are even more excited to announce that it is geared towards furry friends everywhere and that dogs in the Seasonest network of family and friends can enjoy great, flavorful food right alongside their owners. This blend is a huge step for our company and our family. Just like our Original blend, this blend is extremely special and sentimental to us. It’s probably the most special blend we’ve created sin ce our very first and we are so happy to be sharing it with you. To give you some more insight into our newest seasoning blend, we’ve answered some big questions surrounding its origins and creation.
(For recipe uses, please scroll to the end of the blog.)
Why is it called the “Best Friend Blend”?
How do you describe a best friend? They are patient, loyal, supportive, present… a constant companion in times of joy and in times of hardship. They are those that are always there for you, appreciate what you do for them and are always ready with a warm welcome. This is how we feel about our furry family members, our dogs, which is why we decided to give our newest blend such a special name.
What exactly inspired the Best Friend Blend?
We’ve recently gone through something that would be any furry family members’ worst nightmare and we miss our little best friend every day. But, out of this sad time of sickness came some inspiration for something really wonderful that we hope gets shared far and wide.
To share our family’s situation a bit more, our dog, Boston, recently passed away from Lymphoma. It was really hard on us. He went through a period of time where he stopped eating and we were really worried about him and just wanted to find a way to get him well-nourished and comfortable. One day while we were cooking in the kitchen, my husband dropped a piece of ground beef on the floor that was seasoned with our Soul Food Blend. To our surprise, Boston ran right up to it and ate it. I can tell you that we felt really relieved to see him so excited about food again and were also curious as to how we could continue to help him enjoy his meals and just keep him eating! Because of this, we decided that we needed to offer a dog-friendly seasoning for all of the best friends out there.
What did the creation/ ideation process look like?
Once we figured out that our furry friend, Boston loved our Soul Food Blend so much, we quickly went online and researched spices and herbs and found the ones that were okay for dogs to eat. Once we had more knowledge on the ingredients, we put together a flavor similar to Soul Food just for him without the additions that dogs shouldn’t ingest. Naturally, we gave it to our other dogs, too. We couldn’t leave out his furry brothers!
What “best friends” do you have at home? What do they think of the blend?
We have two dogs at home right now. One is a Maltese named Doodle and the other is Marley, and he’s a Beagle. They couldn’t be any more different.
Doodle, our more active dog who is rather finicky, began to eat his food more consistently once we shared the Best Friend Blend with him and put it on his food. We were really happy to see that our Maltese took so well to the new mix just as Boston had done not too long ago.
Marley, on the other hand, is an extremely unenthused dog until it comes to mealtime. Once he smells or sees the food, it is like he is a whole other character. Since he has always liked food, we’ve really just seen him become more greedy about it. Beagles have no problem eating, but I can say I think he enjoys his meals more. We only wish he ate it more slowly…
Although they are quite different and have unique approaches to their food, both of our dogs have given the Best Friend Blend two “paws up”!
What ingredients did you mix in the blend?
We don’t want to give away all of our spicy secrets, but we definitely want to ensure the safety of best friends everywhere! Some of the herbs and spices in the blend are organic basil, organic sage, organic garlic, organic savory, organic parsley, organic turmeric and organic thyme. We’ve spared no spice or herb in this blend so as to spoil our favorite furry ones and help them eat better. It’s a really special treat for dogs and their people.
*Please note: All herbs and spices in the Best Friend Blend are dog-friendly and also may provide your dog with some health benefits.
What makes the Best Friend Blend safe and healthy for dogs (and people)?
Firstly, this blend doesn’t use black pepper, white pepper or cayenne. I’ve encountered people who can’t ingest these spices, so I am really happy to say that we can offer a blend with these considerations in mind. This is the first blend we have that fills that gap!
As for healthy, here is a list of some of our ingredients and how they can be beneficial to both you and your dog’s health!
- Basil – Electrolytes and vitamins make up this special herb. It is rich in antioxidants and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, benefitting those who are ill or have inflamed joints.
- Sage– Sage is known for is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is also known to help with proper functionality of the brain. It’s no wonder that sage and wisdom are terms that go hand in hand (or, paw in paw).
- Garlic– Yes, contrary to popular belief, this is actually beneficial to your dog! Calcium, zinc, protein and a variety of vitamins all make this one super healthy ingredient. Garlic is beneficial in aiding those who suffer from heart disease and diabetes. Did we also mention it helps with repelling nasty bugs?
- Savory– This herb is helpful in lowering cholesterol, has anti-fungal properties and is a great source of many important vitamins that are vital to everyone’s health.
- Parsley– Rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins, good for getting rid of bad breath… this herb is a great addition to anyone’s diet, especially those whose pups suffer from particularly bad halitosis.
- Turmeric– this herb helps with inflammation and is high in fiber and vitamins. It also helps speed up metabolism! If your best friend has anemia, cardiovascular problems or arthritis, this herb can be of benefit to them.
- Thyme– This herb boasts all kinds of vitamins. It also contains iron. It is used for chest and respiratory issues and can be a good source of fiber.
*Before using any herbs or spices, it’s very important to look up how they might react together or how well they may do with medications or food that you or your best friend are already ingesting. Although this blend is already deemed dog and people safe, it is always good and responsible to check up on interactions with other items already in your diet and daily routine! Everyone and everything has a unique body and make-up, after all, and may have different needs when it comes to food, supplement and seasoning intake!
Can cats or other “best friends” have it, too?
Well, from what we’ve found in our research, giving some of these spices and herbs to your cats is a definite no-no. We’re not really sure why cats can’t have them like dogs can, but we really wouldn’t recommend giving it to any other best friends at home aside from your dogs. If your pups are anything like our Beagle, Marley, they will probably appreciate that fact since there will be more left over for them later! Hopefully they take more time to enjoy the savory dish than he does. But, if they don’t, you know where to get more!
Since dogs can have it, does that mean that it is a people-friendly blend as well?
Oh, of course! All of our blends are people-friendly and this blend is no exception. In fact, there are already several dishes upon which I like to use the Best Friend Blend myself. I’ve tested it on all sorts of things. I LOVE okra and I definitely use the blend for when I make it. Other ingredients I like to put it on include sea bass, spinach and broccoli. It seems that this blend pairs really well with vegetables, leafy greens and foods high in protein, which I am all for as I love to prepare and eat healthy food. In my mind, this is an amazing gift for both your furry and non-furry best friends as it is so good for you (Also, being a salt-free option.) and encourages healthy eating!
When (and where) is the blend going to be available?
For now, our blend will be offered online. If you are as excited about our new blend as we are, make sure to reach out to us on our website or post below in the comments section of this blog post. We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on our Best Friend Blend and where you would like to next see it offered. http://www.seasonest.com/best-friend-spice-blend/
What does this blend mean to you?
That’s quite the question. For our family, this blend means a lot of things. It’s a way to honor our recent furry family member’s life and to remember something he helped inspired us to create. It is also a way for us to give back to our family and friends, who love our seasonings as well as to those who may not know who we are yet. After having experienced what sickness can do to a dog’s appetite and how that affects your family, we want to help others going through that by providing them with something comforting to both them and their dogs. Of course, this blend is not only for dogs with poor appetites. This is a blend that is a special treat for your dogs and provides them with more flavor and enjoyment to their meals.
Really, though, this blend is like nothing we’ve ever done before. We usually focus on people (Which, of course, is natural for a seasoning-centered business.) and their taste buds, but it doesn’t seem that many have really reached into the realm of flavors for our furry friends. I mean, animals in the wild are used to an array of all kinds of things at their disposal that they can eat and enjoy and that have so many different tastes. Domesticated animals that mostly live indoors are reliant upon us as their “people parents” for food. They, like any hungry being, of course accept what is put in front of them and that is what they know! But, we wanted to push past this and try something new and it really seems to be working for our own dogs, Doodle and Marley. It most definitely helped Boston in his last few months of illness to regain his appetite. Who wouldn’t want to provide a special treat that also helps their furry best friend in a time of need or suffering, or even just because? We think this blend will provide some really interesting results at home and give all of the “people parents” an opportunity to give back to their dogs. We also hope that the owners try the blend themselves! After all, it is also a people-friendly mix of delicious spices and herbs.
Is there anything you’d like to say to all of the fans, followers, family and friends of Seasonest?
A special thanks goes out to Karen of “Ottowa Valley Dog Whisperer”. Your research and your knowledge of all things dog-related was extremely helpful to us in creating our blend. We very much appreciate all that you have shared and your care of furry best friends everywhere!
Could you give us a recipe that works well with the Best Friend Blend?
I certainly can. Here are three ways we like to use the Best Friend Blend in our favorite furry family members’ meals:
- Recipe 1 |”Chicken & Broccoli”: Mix in cooked chicken, steamed broccoli and the Best Friend Blend (Please note that the bowl shape is so that our food-loving pup doesn’t eat too fast!).
- Recipe 2 | “The Doggie Salad”: Make a doggie salad with veggies! Our dogs like peas, carrots, cabbage and broccoli. Add in the Best Friend Blend for extra flavor.
- Recipe 3 | “The Picky Eater’s Gravy”: Cook liver and peas in oil. Once finished, add in the Best Friend Blend and place in blender with choice of broth and blend until smooth.
Thank you, each and every one of you for all of your support and for all of your orders. You’ve taken our dreams and helped them take flight with all you do. We love hearing from you, knowing you read our blogs and social media posts and that you stay up-to-date with us. We hope you’ll try this new blend in continued support of us and our family-owned business, in memory of our furry family member, Boston, and simply for the delight of having something new on the table for both you and your favorite best friends.
May God bless you, your family and your friends in 2016!