Hot off the Vine – Cornaby’s April 2016 Newsletter

Life on the Farm

It seems like it was just yesterday that it was fall and we were cutting down raspberry vines and putting the farm to sleep, yet here we are at the beginning of another wonderful spring season! Our berry plants are starting to push their way up and fruit will be on the vine by late July with our biggest crops in August and September!

On the road again?

It may feel like we just moved, and we did, but Cornaby’s is on the road again and moving to what we hope will be our permanent home in Payson, Utah. This new location is much more convenient, only a block off of the freeway and will house a retail center for all of the Cornaby’s products including fresh raspberries each season.

Our new address as of April 1st is:

1693 W. American Way

STE 10

Payson, Utah 84651

Come on by and see us!

Where world is Cornaby’s

Winter Fancy Food Show: We love presenting at the Winter Fancy Food Show each year. Held in San Francisco each January the show is a great opportunity for us to meet with new stores and brokers and get our products into more places for you.


Associated Food Show: Another show that we never miss is the Associated Food show each March. This show takes place at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City and is a chance to work with the various Associated Food members to expand product lines and find out what their customers are asking for.

We continue to work with great new companies including co packing for a pickle company, working with the Utah School districts to provide nutritious smoothies for students, and producing top notch bakery fillings which are sold around the country.

Product Tip: Cornaby’s Thick Gel

I hear frequently the comment: ‘I bought this Thick Gel and I love it for canning, but can I do anything else with it?’ The answer to this question is a resounding Yes! Thick Gel and Ultra Gel are sister starches, the biggest difference being that Ultra Gel is an instant and Thick Gel must be cooked in order to thicken. However, in those cooked applications Thick Gel is fantastic with a smooth final set, long lasting quality, and superior storage capability. Thick Gel can be used at a one to one ratio with corn starch, though to be honest I personally find I can use just a little less Thick Gel in most applications, so it’s an easy substitute in any recipe calling for corn starch. It even works well in baked applications such as pies where the fruit is tossed in starch before baking. At the bottom of this newsletter is a Thick Gel custard which will put all other puddings in your life to shame. Trust me on this!


Product Changes: Ultra Gel

We love our Ultra Gel, but after more than two decades on the market we decided it was time to give our packaging a little bit of an update. The contents is the same, the Cornaby’s Ultra Gel you love, but we’ve updated the package to brighten things up and show off a little more of the flexibility Ultra Gel is famous for. The new packaging started shipping at the beginning of the year and should be in your local markets or online outlets at this time.ultragel

Employee Spotlight!

Here at Cornaby’s we have an awesome group of employees that have done so much toward the success of the company and the love of great products. So we’re turning the Spotlight on our PR and product specialist, Jana Brown!

Name:  Jana Brown

Position at Cornaby’s: PR and product specialist

How long with Cornaby’s:  From the beginning

Favorite Cornaby Product: Ultra Gel, Jam in a Jiffy, Thick Gel, Jams, Sauces, fruit…she loves it all

Hobbies when not eating Raspberries: Being the mommy of a toddler, cooking and writing

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A Tasty Blast from the Past

Chocolate Custard

Yield: 6 (1/2 cup) servings

¾ cup sugar

5 Tablespoons Thick Gel

½ teaspoon salt

1/3 cup cocoa powder

3 cups milk

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter

In a heavy bottomed sauce pan combine sugar, Thick Gel, salt and cocoa powder and mix thoroughly. Add milk and mix to combine. Heat over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture thickens, but doesn’t boil hard. You’ll get some bubbles and popping, but it shouldn’t boil fully. Remove mixture from heat. In a separate bowl whisk egg yolks until light. Add some of the pudding mixture to the egg yolks and stir to combine. Return this mixture to the custard and mix in before returning to heat again just until it reaches boiling. Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter, mixing butter in as it melts. This makes a fairly stiff custard which is perfect for pies or filling éclairs or cream puffs. You may wish to thin slightly with additional milk for just eating. Serve warm or cold. It’s particularly good with whipping cream.

Ultra Gel Whipping Cream

1 pint whipping cream

2 teaspoons Ultra Gel

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup powdered sugar (to taste)

Whip cream until frothy. Add other ingredients and whip until thick. Serve. Store remainder of whipped cream in refrigerator for upto 5 days.

Where in the World is Cornaby’s?

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We’ve been quiet because the first few weeks…and last two really, who am I kidding…of December are crazy!  We attend a lot of shows and boutiques and spend a lot of time heads down over vast pots of sweets and jams.

So where are we this weekend?  The SLC Dickens Festival!  This is happening at the South Town Expo Center in Sandy, Utah, December 11 – that’s tomorrow – through December 14th.  They do charge for this event, but there are a bunch of coupons in various papers and online to get half off and (drumroll please) from 10-11 tomorrow morning admission is absolutely free.  So come on by and visit us.  We’ll be in booth 31, not so far into the maze of shops.

There will be live reindeer at the event, roasted chestnuts, vendors, plays, carolers, dancers and a very jolly special guest in the form of Father Christmas himself.  It’s a great event and we look forward to seeing you there.  Come spend the day in Merry Olde London, you’ll be glad you did.


Cornabys at the Gluten Free Expo

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Wow it was a busy weekend.  We attended the SLC Gluten Free Expo this last Saturday and it was great to see so many of you there!  We really enjoy going to the shows where we can talk to folks face to face, particularly when we’re helping to provide solutions to special diet needs.  Food is so important and it’s just no fun when you feel like you can’t eat anything you really enjoy!

So thank you to everyone who came out and we hope to see you again next year.

In celebration of the Gluten Free fair we’ll share the recipe for our favorite cream soup mix here, and we’re have a special free shipping code which is good through the end of November.  It’s a good time to get your gluten free products, and start stocking up for Christmas.  So to use this you trundle over to the Cornaby’s Shopping Cart.  Select your products and at the end it’ll have a box for coupons:  ShipMeGlutenFree will give you free shipping on any order over $50.00.  How cool is that?

Anyway…here’s the recipe for an easy cream sauce base that can be used in recipes or eaten all by itself!

Ultra Gel Cream Soup Mix
⅔ c. instant non-fat dry milk
2 t. chicken base or chicken bouillon
¼ c. Thick Gel or ⅓ – ½ c. Ultra Gel
½ t. onion powder
½ t. garlic powder
½ t. salt

Combine all ingredients in a resealable sandwich bag. Seal, label, date and store in tightly covered container. Shelf stable for up to one month, refrigerator stable for up to six months.

Yield: one packet

*Note: Since this mix doesn’t settle out so it can be made in bulk and used as needed.

The Glory of Food…

Circa 1895

We may live without poetry, music and art.
We may live without conscience , and live without heart;
We may live without friends, we may live without books;
But the civilized man cannot live without cooks.

He may live without books – what is knowledge but grieving?
He may live without hope – what is hope but deceiving?
He may live without love – what is passion but pining?
But where is the man that can live without dining?

Labor Day Love – Cornaby’s Cooking Sauces

Just a quick drive by post as we’re happily spending our Labor Day making ribs and enjoying some family time.  There was laboring this morning too which lead to curtains in the right place and a bunch of dishes done, YAY.

Anyway…as you head into your grill-a-thon remember that Cornaby’s Cookine Sauces, like Raspberry Jalapeno, Raspberry Chipotle and Peach Habenero are the awesome on ribs, steaks, chicken, fish and even as a vinaigrette base for a salad.  This has been a shameless plug and now we’re off to eat!

Have a great holiday!

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s and Mother figures out there!

I always enjoy Mother’s Day as a time to pay a little extra respect and attention to the wonderful women in our lives and, honestly, I enjoy getting pampered by Bunneh which he is very very good at.  This I type as the smell of ribs fills the house…ahh…love…

Though we are fortunate not only to have mother’s in our own lives, but as a part of where this company started.  I will always remember watching my grandmother work candy on a marble slab and my dear mother twisting long ropes of dough into knotted rolls and I hope to instill the same memories into my kids.  Cornaby’s isn’t just a company, but a family and a farm that all started with a pretty blonde girl and a handsome boy…it’s a pretty good story…

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Have a marvelous day out there!

Six weeks…

So our newest arrival is a little over six weeks old….

This is how I feel most of the time…


This means I’m working harder at planning meals ahead as my days are a little unpredictable and my nights even more so.

So, dear reader, what are some of your favorite go to meals which should go into my rotation?  Anything you just can’t live without?