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Bring a little Zen into your kitchen with our Slow Cooker Spice Blends while providing employment for differently-abled adults.
Bring a little Zen into your kitchen with our Slow Cooker Spice Blends while providing employment for differently-abled adults.
175 backers pledged $18,500 to help bring this project to life.

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Our mission statement:

"The soul of the zen of slow cooking lies in our desire to help the home cook find a little Zen in the kitchen and our heart lies in the dream of helping adults with developmental challenges find independence and employment."

Who are WE?

Meg & Jane
Meg & Jane

We are two busy moms, who discovered the "Zen like" effect slow cooking had on our lives. We loved preparing simple dinners from scratch that fit into our busy lifestyles. Our desire to help people find more time to gather around the table inspired us to create a line of premium spice blends using the most popular recipes from our blog, the zen of slow cooking. 

Each Slow Cooker Spice Blend includes premium, pre-measured spices, a shopping list, and a signature recipe. The pouches are packaged with care by adults at Planet Access Company (PAC). PAC provides training and employment for adults with developmental disabilities.

GROWTH of our business and why we LOVE KICKSTARTER

A successful Kickstarter campaign will enable us to fulfill our next stage of growth. From our humble beginnings at local farmers markets to our recent selection as a vendor for Whole Foods Market and Mrs. Green’s Natural Food Market, we want you to be part of our next opportunity: a co-branded meal kit with Peapod.

Co-branded Meal Kit with Peapod
Co-branded Meal Kit with Peapod

With that in mind, we are moving our spice blending from the test kitchen to a specialist food packaging facility, NBC Packaging. NBC will be responsible for weighing and measuring our proprietary, premium quality spice blends.

Our goal is to raise $15,000 to expand our mission. We hope you will help us build our dream.

Things we LOVE about our Slow Cooker 

The aroma that fills the air, the delicious food prepared using our premium Slow Cooker Spice Blends, the chance to slow down and enjoy a little Zen in our lives are some of the reasons we love our slow cooker.

Why people LOVE our SLOW COOKER SPICE BLENDS

The blends feature premium, non-irradiated spices sourced with the greatest of care from an established, family owned business, Woodland Foods. The convenience of the shopping list located on the back of the pouch, and the accompanying signature recipe makes shopping a breeze and results in a delicious outcome! 

Coq Au Vin Slow Cooker Spice Blend
Coq Au Vin Slow Cooker Spice Blend

#1 recipe on our food blog

Julia Child's Coq Au Vin

Prepped in less than 20 minutes and slow cooked for up to 8 hours, the Coq Au Vin Slow Cooker Spice Blend makes a mid-week treat or elegant dinner party dish.

Coq Au Vin finished dish
Coq Au Vin finished dish

Zen in our lives

Using our slow cooker gives us peace of mind and a little Zen... 

OUR workforce:

Our work force, located at Planet Access Company, hand packs each of our finished spice blends with care. Located in Des Plaines, Illinois, Planet Access Company provides training and employment for adults with developmental challenges.

Planet Access Company
Planet Access Company

Drishti Donation: our slow cooking initiative

In our complimentary slow cooking classes: we connect people to each other; we educate them on simple slow cooking techniques; we believe they can gain independence through slow cooking; we share a meal in their community; we dream that through our slow cooker donation their lives will become a little fuller, and will foster opportunities for them to come together and cook together.

Thank you for sharing our journey,

With gratitude

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is meeting the demand for our products which is why we need to raise working capital to fund our move to a co-packer. Simultaneously, moving to a co-packer will help reduce our costs while scaling production without compromising the quality of our Slow Cooker Spice Blends.

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    Our Dream Makers eReward

    Maintain the simplicity of a Zen-like life. This reward is for anyone who wants to help us by simply making a pledge. Perhaps you know a family or have a child or are passionate about helping an individual, who is differently-abled. Your reward is helping us to make a difference in the world.

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    Southwest Fiesta Spice Blend
    E-Book: Slow Cooking 101

    Our Southwest Fiesta Blend is our most versatile spice blend. As food critic, Kevin Pang, says, "It creates a restaurant quality meal."

    Our E-book will give you all the basics of slow cooking.

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    E-Book: Slow Cooking 101

    An ideal award for our international blog followers - remember Jane hails from across the pond. Receive a personal note expressing our sincere gratitude for your support and our E-Book, Slow Cooking 101.

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    Family Favorite Collection -

    Smoky BBQ Slow Cooker Spice Blend
    Sweet & Spicy Slow Cooker Spice Blend
    Marinara Slow Cooker Spice Blend

    Our family favorite collection features a trio of blends. Get your mini-chefs slow cooking alongside you in the kitchen. Ideal for our signature recipes*:
    Carolina Pulled Pork
    French Toast Casserole
    Marinara Sauce

    *Gluten Free Recipes available

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    Gourmet Collection -

    Coq Au Vin Slow Cooker Spice Blend
    Indian Dal Slow Cooker Spice Blend
    Moroccan Tagine Slow Cooker Spice Blend
    (this blend uses our innovative whole spice infusion)

    Our gourmet trio is perfectly suited for those of you who enjoy international flavors. Ideal for our signature recipes*:
    Julia Child's Coq Au Vin
    Curried Lentil Tortillas
    Moroccan Apricot Chicken

    Bon Appetit!

    *Gluten Free Recipes available

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    Gone All Day Collection -

    Daube Provençale Slow Cooker Spice Blend
    Southwest Fiesta Slow Cooker Spice Blend
    Smoky BBQ Slow Cooker Spice Blend

    Our gone all day collection is a perfect gift for anyone who works away from home or wants something waiting after a day at the beach. Ideal for our signature recipes*:
    French Beef Stew
    Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Carolina Pulled Pork

    *Gluten Free Recipes available

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    Get your Zen On

    Friday, July 22nd at the McMahon Art Gallery
    6-9pm

    Join us for an exclusive "Get your Zen On" party at the gallery of famed local artists Mark & Carolyn McMahon in Highwood, IL.

    Highlights of the evening include:
    Exclusive access to gallery owners and artwork.
    Dine on tasty pulled pork sliders, delicious Wildfire coleslaw.

    Each guest takes home a Smoky BBQ Slow Cooker Spice Blend to create their own summer Zen slow cooking experience.

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    Turn your Dream into a Reality

    Are you a food artisan with a product in mind?
    Do you want to start a blog?
    Looking to run a kickstarter campaign?

    A priceless and unique opportunity to have 1 hour of brainstorming with two successful food artisans and Mom entrepreneurs.

    We will sit around your "real" or virtual kitchen table and help you turn your dream into a reality.

    A Coq Au Vin blend is included so you can enjoy that delicious aroma while we work!

    *A mutually agreed upon date until January 2017.

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    Slow Cooking 101 Package

    Whether you're a seasoned slow cooker or looking to get started on your slow cooking journey this is the perfect package for you. We will send you a brand new 3.5 quart slow cooker along with Meg's favorite slow cooker cookbook "The Art of the Slow Cooker," and a zen for all seasons package which includes all 9 of our Slow Cooker Spice Blends.

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    Zen Cooking with Meg and Jane at Project 1212

    This unique experience allows an adult with a developmental disability an opportunity to gain a little more independence in the kitchen through this co-hosted class at Project 1212 located in Chicago.

    Project 1212 is a residential program for adults with autism and was created by the Julie and Michael Tracy Family Foundation/Urban Autism Solutions.

    Come spend a wonderful afternoon or evening with 8 of your friends (or we’ll put together a group). This custom experience is appropriate for adults who are able to work in a kitchen environment safely, follow simple verbal instructions with intermittent support from the host staff and also are able to navigate stairs into this beautiful brownstone.

    A mutually agreed upon date in September October or January 2017. Each guest will be invited to dine around the table and received a Slow Cooker Spice Blend as a parting gift! (for more details about this award please email Meg - kickstarter@thezenofslowcooking.com.

    To see us in action, watch our Drishti Donation video.

    September, October 2016 or January 2017

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    Zen Cooking with Meg and Jane in your Home

    Looking for a fun way to entertain friends? We have just the answer with a zen cooking class in your home!

    Gather 8 of your friends and we'll put together a private in-home cooking class starting with our Slow Cooking 101 tutorial followed by demonstrating/sampling two slow cooking dishes.

    We'll come prepared to turn this class into a brunch or lunch so you can enjoy a zen-like afternoon with your friends.

    For more information, please email Meg at kickstarter@thezenofslowcooking.com. (restricted to Chicagoland area)

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Funding period

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