Culinary Farms Inc., Woodland, Calif., now can process frozen pastes. This new capability delivers greater control over product quality and inventory, and allows the company to offer customers customized frozen pastes for concentrated flavor, without preservatives or additives.

Pastes are an excellent ingredient format for bases, soups, sauces and dressings. By bringing paste processing in house, Culinary Farms significantly enhances the ability for developing new paste products from just about any ingredient, whether a vegetable, fruit or herb. Culinary Farms can custom blend small batches to create signature flavors, allowing R&D chefs greater freedom for development.

To demonstrate, Culinary Farms recently sampled Chipotle Adobo, Natural Onion, Italian Savory and Oregano pastes to positive reviews at the 2014 IFT Food Expo in New Orleans. The new in-house paste processing complements Culinary Farms other capabilities, which include ingredient sourcing, dehydration, roasting, smoking, x-ray piece-scanning, blending and custom batch packing.

Culinary Farms also provides custom toll-processing services to other producers, proving a good fit for companies who want to outsource to a fully capable organization with focused customer service, product quality and safety. Culinary Farms’ own dried tomato and dried chile pastes are made with all-natural, pure product, without preservatives or additives. The taste is pure because there is no salt, acid or other tangy/sour off-flavor. The pastes deliver a fresher, natural flavor profile of the ingredient from which it is made.

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