Special Dietary Considerations
Coconut Oils and Shortening
Mayonnaise and Spreads
Health and Beauty
Flaxseed and Fiber
Other Nutriment Oils
Are Spectrum products available in Canada?
Are Spectrum products available in Canada?
Some of Spectrum's products are available in Canada. You can find Spectrum in most larger natural food stores such as Capers and Choices Markets in Western Canada, or Whole Foods Market in Toronto. Ask your local market to carry Spectrum if it doesn't already.
Can I freeze Spectrum Oils?
Freezing oil will extend the longevity of the oil. However, be sure not to freeze any oil in a glass bottle as breakage could occur during the change in temperature.
Can I get a job with Spectrum?
Spectrum is an equal opportunity employer. To learn of current job openings, visit the employment opportunities section of our website.
Can I purchase Spectrum products through your web site?
Yes, you can now purchase all of your favorite non-refrigerated Spectrum products right here, through our order fulfillment partner, World Pantry. Items for sale on-line are designated with a "Buy Now" button next to their individual description in the Product section of the site. Click the "Shop On-line" button in the top right hand corner of your screen to visit our On-line store.
Does Spectrum have a charitable donations program?
Spectrum is proud to have a donations program to support non-profit organizations primarily in the arena of organic and sustainable agriculture. Most of the organizations we support are in our immediate community (Sonoma County, California). If you feel that your non-profit is a likely candidate for our donations program, please visit our Corporate Giving page to learn more.
Does Spectrum have a dedicated Food Service division?
Yes. Many of our products are available in Food Service sizes. For more information, please email our National Food Service Sales Manager, Heather Granahan, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I know if an oil has gone rancid and what should I do if it has?
Rancidity is easy to detect, but it is often confused with the intense flavor characteristics of unrefined oils. The odor of a rancid oil will be distinctly stale, and you may experience a gag-like reaction as you consume the oil.
How do I know Spectrum Oils are safe?
Culinary vegetable oils do not contain sufficient moisture to sustain food-related bacteria and viruses, making them the safest food class available. We follow the FDA issued food process standards for vegetable oils as well as all Good Manufacturing Practices.
I would like to replace the butter in my recipe with olive oil or canola oil. How should I calculate the conversion?
Oil substitution works best in recipes that call for melted butter or shortening. Recipes that call for solid butter or shortening are using the solids to create ‘air pockets' which occur as the fat melts away during cooking. For recipes such as these (normally pie and other flaky pastry dough) we recommend using Spectrum Organic Palm Shortening, which has 0 trans-fat and is cholesterol free. A general rule of thumb for direct substitution of oil for shortening, margarine or butter is to reduce the oil measurement by 20-25%.
Is coconut an allergen?
According to the FDA coconut is now considered a tree nut and therefore an allergen. You can access the Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Allergens at: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/alrguid4.html for more detailed information.
Should I refrigerate my Spectrum Essentials Oils?
All Spectrum Essentials Oils should be refrigerated to maintain and preserve the integrity of the oils. Light, heat and oxygen are all elements that gradually degrade the quality and nutritive content of the oils. That's why most Spectrum Essentials products are found in dark, argon-flushed bottles in the refrigerated section.
Should I refrigerate my Spectrum Naturals Oils? What is the best way to store them?
Refrigeration is not required for our oils, but it does keep them fresher for a longer period of time. We recommend refrigeration for all of Spectrum's culinary oils with the exception of our Coconut Oil, which is very stable due to the amount of saturated fat in the oil.
What are high oleic oils?
High oleic oils are naturally developed through traditional methods of plant breeding and hybridization; they are not genetically engineered. This hybridization enhances the fatty acid profile of the oil by making it higher in monounsaturated fat and lower in both saturated and polyunsaturated fats. That means it's good for your heart and pure heaven for high heat cooking. Our Super Safflower Oil, Super Canola Oil, and High Heat Sunflower Oil are all high oleic oils.
What is the difference between your refined and unrefined coconut oils?
Spectrum actually sells three coconut oils. Two are Spectrum Naturals Organic Refined Coconut Oil and Spectrum Naturals Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil (they come in 14 oz glass jars), and are labeled as culinary oils. The other is Spectrum Essentials Organic Coconut Oil (comes in a 15oz plastic tub), and is labeled for skin and hair care. Our unrefined coconut oils have a distinct coconut flavor and aroma and the refined coconut oil has a neutral flavor for a greater variety of applications. Our Spectrum Essentials Skin and Hair Coconut Oil is edible.
What does distilled mean?
Distilling removes all coloring and flavoring from the source material, producing pure acetic acid. The acetic acid is then combined with filtered water to a level of 5% acidity. White vinegar can be distilled via heat or freezing. Either way, there is no negative health effect because the resulting vinegar is pure acetic acid and water, neither of which is damaged or altered by heat or freezing.
Is distillation the same as pasteurization?
No. Heat pasteurization is used for some foods to eliminate potential harmful bacteria. Distillation is a different process than heat pasteurization, and is done to create neutral flavor.
What is Olive Oil cold pressing?
It might surprise you to discover that the United States does not set standards for olive oils. All Spectrum olive oils conform to strict IOOC (International Olive Oil Council) standards for freshness and flavor. Olives used for our products are crushed at low temperature and the oil is left in its unrefined state to provide maximum flavor and nutritional benefit. Because the oil is unrefined, it is not suitable for use at high heat levels. For higher heat cooking, use High Heat Safflower or Canola Oils.