Choose from our range of blends complete with a shopping list and recipe on the pouch
Where do you buy your herbs and spices?
It’s important that we have suppliers whom we trust and who are trading fairly with their suppliers and with us.
Our Zen blends use a combination of organic, non-irradiated and Non-GMO spices from trusted sources in Illinois and Oregon.
Our suppliers import from their trusted producers. They test their herbs and spices in house.
Do any of your products contain additives or chemicals?
No all of our spices are certified Non-GMO.
What is the best way to store my Zen Blends?
Store the spices in a cool, dark place.
How long will my Zen Blends last?
With single use spice packets our spices retain their freshness but we recommend using them within 2 years.
How do I use your Whole Spice Infusion?
Our whole spice infusions have a similar application to steeping tea.
When using our whole spice infusion do not open the muslin bag insert it into your slow cooker with the recipe ingredients and discard at the end of the entire cooking time.
How did you come up with the idea of a Whole Spice Infusion?
Thanks for asking. It’s a great story...and an award winning one!
Under the the full assault of a hot Chicago summer in 2012, Jane was sitting on her deck leafing through books on spices from her local library when she ran across a little note: some spices and herbs contain oils which, when ground down and exposed to the air, instantly begin to degrade. They are therefore better left whole and cooked as such so that their oils remain stable and can infuse the dish slowly and without losing their real flavor. Scribbling away she realized a new potential for her slow cooker. The “little” note made sense and the zen of slow cooking signature spice blends took root.
With excitement, she went to her spice cabinet and selected a handful of whole spices, put them into a tea bag, tied a knot to secure the spices inside, tucked the bag into a mixture of sautéed chicken, apricots and chicken broth and let them cook in her slow cooker over the next 7 hours - the result was our delicious Moroccan Tagine.
The next few days she spent time refining this idea. It took a while to find the perfect bag for the spices and the slow cooker.
Before her next meeting with Meg she put her homemade Moroccan Tagine spice blend into a tea bag and shared her discovery - hence the whole spice infusion was born.
The Sichuan Spice blend won a 2017 SOFI award , the Oscars of the food world, for product innovation.
How are Zen Blends different?
We believe our carefully sourced spices and herbs make the freshest blends for any meal you would want to cook.
We listened to our customers and crafted blends they were requesting.
By accompanying each blend with a signature recipe (additional ones found online) and a shopping list right on the pouch, it’s bringing that Zen like quality into your kitchen and your shopping trip.
Our blends allow us to fulfill our dream of bringing employment to those with challenges. Each spice blend arrives at Planet Access Company already sealed and is then put in a pouch and labeled with care. Not only are you purchasing a premium spice blend, packaged with care, you are also helping a young adult move toward financial independence.
When you purchase one of our blends, we also make a contribution on your behalf to our Drishti Donation.
What does the word “Drishti” mean?
Drishti is a Sanskrit word that comes from yoga. Similar to other Sanskrit words, "drishti" can be interpreted on various levels. It can mean the quality of vision one might use around a planning table, it can mean the vision that unites values with action, or it can mean the vision or recognition of oneness between self and other. We employ Drishti when we merge insight with action.
Can you explain your Drishti Donation in more detail?
While the soul of the zen of slow cooking lies in our desire to help the home cook find a little more Zen in the kitchen, our heart lies in the dream of helping adults with developmental challenges find independence in life through slow cooking.
We have chosen to focus on adults with developmental challenges because Meg Barnhart, the founder and co-creator of the zen of slow cooking, was inspired to create a business that could employ individuals like her son Doug. We hope to expand our vision and embrace other underserved populations with workplace barriers.
If you are interested in participating or would like more information about our vision please email us information about your organization at: Drishti Donation.
Tell us more about Planet Access Company?
We would love too! When we created the zen of slow cooking we wanted to create a product that could make life a little simpler for the home cook, as well as to help chip away at the workplace barriers that often exist for individuals with cognitive or physical disabilities.
So after we started selling our premium spice blends online, we contacted Planet Access to enlist their help as our packaging partners.
Planet Access was founded in 1997 to provide training, development and employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
Are your recipes compatible for the Instant Pot?
Yes! Most of our recipes work beautifully in the Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker compatible recipes are listed under each blend name.
What do you mean additional recipes are found online and where are they located?
At the end of each spice blend we list a series of additional recipes. Some of our blends make excellent marinades for the grill. Please keep checking as we update our recipe page frequently!
Can I use your recipes in a Dutch Oven?
Many of our recipes will work in the dutch oven but with little liquid evaporation in the slow cooker you need to check your liquid ratios with care.
Do your blends contain salt?
Thank you for asking! None of our blends contain salt with the exception of our Smoky BBQ which contains a minimal of amount of smoked sea salt and our Indian Dal which contains a very small amount.
How long will my Zen blends last?
We are careful to ensure that all of our spice blends remain fresh. For that reason, our "best-by" date is 2 years or less.
What is a sofi Award?
That’s a great question! The sofi Award ("sofi" stands for "specialty outstanding food innovation" and represents the best of the best) is the highest award offered in the specialty food industry. We were honored to receive the best new product award in the spice category for our 10th blend, Sichuan. It’s a whole spice infusion (whole spices are secured in a muslin bag) and has a similar application to steeping tea instead you insert your spice infusion into the slow cooker.
How can I get your recipes emailed to me?
Sign up on the zen of slow cooking home page via the BLOG tab. Enter your email address in the “Follow Us” box. Once you receive email confirmation and approve your free email subscription, you will receive a weekly recipe.
Can I buy Zen Blends wholesale?
We do sell our blends as part of a wholesale agreement. Please email us at Wholesale for more details.
Can I buy your Zen Blends in volume for my clients?
Yes, we would love to help you spread a little more Zen! Please contact Meg@thezenofslow cooking.com for more information.
How will my gift be packaged?
All of our Zen Collections are packaged in a burlap bag including information about our business and a signed enclosure card with the adult from Planet Access Company who packaged your blend. Please make sure you include your personal messages in the gift option/special instructions box on the checkout page.
How much is shipping? (U.S.)
All orders over $50 are shipped for free. Our shipping costs vary from $6.50-$20.00 depending on your location and the number of blends you are ordering.
Do you ship Internationally?
Unfortunately, right now we only ship within the U.S. We hope to expand into the United Kingdom soon.
When will I receive my order?
Please allow up to 48 hours for your order to be processed. Once processed, we package and ship twice a week.
All of our orders are shipped via USPS or UPS and have an estimated delivery time of 5 - 7 business days. If you would like your order expedited please email us at Customer Service.
How do I return a product?
All items are final sale, but if your product arrives in an unsatisfactory condition, please let us know!
We value you as customers, so we handle all of your personal information responsibly. Your information is encrypted using industry-standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. We'd never share, sell or distribute your information in any way.
Where do you charge sales tax?
In our home state of Illinois.
How secure is my payment method?
We offer payment via credit card using Shopify payments through Shopify. We don't store your credit card information. However, you can set up an account if you wish to view past purchases or re-order.
For any other questions please email us at Customer Service or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know the best way to reach you either via phone or email and expect a response within 24 hours. Thank you.