October 22, 2015

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The 2015 Harvest of NYC Rooftop is here!

NYC Rooftop Sale!

We're very excited to have worked with the Brooklyn Grange again this year to grow the chilies for our NYC Rooftop Pepper Sauce and are celebrating with a big introductory sale!

Save 25% with the code in the image above from now until Friday at 11:59PM

It's valid on our NYC Rooftop Pepper Sauce and on our new Terroir Tasting Set, which includes a bottle of the Original and the NYC Rooftop so you can see, taste, smell, feel and hear the difference the ground makes.

Rooftop Farming: Local chilies thanks to Brooklyn Grange!

Brooklyn Grange
The Brooklyn Grange Farm is amazing. They have two locations, one in Queens and one in Brooklyn. They've turned two boring rooftops into glorious urban farms growing all types of fresh produce according to organic principles. The food they grow is amazing and delicious. In addition, awareness and education programs they do with City Growers are worth supporting and expanding. Reaching more people sooner to make fresh food a part of their lives can be crucial to improving overall health in America.

Thank you to Ben, Brad, Anastasia and the rest of the crew for doing so much to raise awareness of urban farming.

Right now, the Brooklyn Grange Farm in Queens is growing chilies for us (YAY!). We are now accepting pre-orders of a special batch of our Pepper Sauce, available for you in early September.

Take a look at our Instagram below (#nofilter) at our chilies starting to blush.

They'll be ready for sauce in just a few weeks when you can expect extra special flavor, not just heat.

The NYTimes on Addictive Junk Food

Grant Cornett for The New York Times
Friends, we're going to be serious here for a minute.

There was an incredibly long and well-researched piece in the NYTimes on Feb 20th. It brings a lot of information about the way big food companies historically tried to increase sales.

The history of Lunchables jumped out in particular. Both A&B have specific memories of Lunchables when we were growing up. Our parents both thought this food was garbage.

As an 8 year old, “B” desperately wanted Lunchables and lobbied for them endlessly. Here’s what his parents said that didn’t quite resonate with his 8 year-old self: “It’s full of garbage. The packaging creates too much garbage and the ingredients are garbage.”

Somehow, Lunchables were cool. The deli meat products looked identical to the sandwiches our parents lovingly made from higher quality ingredients. We consider ourselves lucky that our parents are smarter than us and kept us eating real, quality food.

We are doing what we can to help you live a healthier life. We want you to eat food that leaves you sated both physically and mentally. We want to hear about how you are experimenting in your kitchen (especially if it involves A&B American Style Pepper Sauce).

We think it should be easier to put good food in your belly. We want to be a complement your food and your life (btw, did we mention yet that you look marvelous? Because, you do!).

Our Pepper Sauce makes a lot of things better because we start with flavor. Not just heat.

No preservatives. No funny stuff.

A&B American Style Pepper Sauce. We love it and we know you will, too. We know it will add depth and excitement to your food and, by extension, to your life. One thing we don’t expect it to add to your life? Weird chemicals.

We only use food in our food. That’s more than we can say for some other sauces.

Check out this ingredient list from Brand X: 
Chili, Sugar, Garlic, Salt, Distilled Vinegar, Potassium Sorbate And Sodium Bisulfite As Preservatives, And Xanthan Gum.

Compare that to the ingredient list for A&B American Style Pepper Sauce:
White Vinegar, Red Chili Pepper, Carrot, Red Onion, Habanero Pepper, Salt

The only preservatives you’ll find in a bottle of A&B American Style Pepper Sauce are the real food kind: vinegar and salt. We’re not trying to make you nervous about what you put in your food. The American Style thing to do is to present you with the best option and let you decide, for yourself, that A&B American Style Pepper Sauce is what you’ve been waiting for. We would never push our views on you.

We only push flavor. We never push heat.

The Red Fresno Chili Pepper: Giving You a Better Life

The Red Fresno Chili Pepper. I think you may have heard about it. It is the focal point of our Original A&B American Style Pepper Sauce for good reason. Introduced by Clarence Brown in 1952, the Red Fresno Chili Pepper was named after Fresno, California. It's the Doogie Howser of Chili Peppers (so young and so smart). And, thanks to A&B American Style Pepper Sauce, it's about to become a huge star.

If you were unaware, chili peppers have demonstrated health benefits. They are packed with vitamins A & B (seriously, thiamine, niacin, B6, and riboflavin are present) and are also a good source of vitamin C. They are free from cholesterol and saturated fats, low in calories and sodium, and high in fiber. Sounds like a superfood already, right? There's more.

Chilies have been shown to increase metabolic rates, which means that you burn more calories just for sitting around (though, you may still break a sweat). Chilies have also been shown to help control blood sugar/insulin levels after meals, possibly preventing Type 2 Diabetes. This makes A&B American Style Pepper Sauce a great condiment to use if you are actively managing your weight. Just replace your current condiment with it (especially if that current condiment is mayo).

Red Chilies (like the Fresno) can also aid in the fight against cardiovascular disease. They have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and prevent blood clots. Further, they may prevent prostate cancer by actually convincing cancer cells to kill themselves (no joke! it's called apoptosis).

It's not done yet. Capsaicin, the compound behind the chili's heat, is an anti-inflammatory and a pain reliever. That means eating chilies may can help reduce pain associated with arthritis and can even help clear your congestion. It's like a delicious ibuprofen!

So, if you weren't sure about chilies before, you now have several more reasons to include them in your diet. A&B American Style Pepper Sauce is a a great place to start. We make it in small batches with all natural ingredients for flavor, not just heat.