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Whiskey Rocks

This is a favorite product of our founders.  All three have very distinct lifestyles and our Soapstone Rocks easily accommodate each one of them in different ways.

Justin, who puts his love for whiskey 4th after family, friends, and God, takes a few of these stones from the freezer, pours a few ounces of his favorite whiskey over what he refers to as “Soapstone Whiskey Rocks,” and enjoys a cool, non-diluted spirit.

Whiskey Outside Ice | Whiskey Rocks Soapstone | Whiskey on The Rocks

Steve and John, who prefer the caffeinated lifestyle than Justin, puts their “Coffee Stones” in the microwave for 2 minutes and drop them in their tea or coffee in the morning.  They are constantly impressed when, after an unexpected hour long phone call, they go to take a sip of their coffee or tea and it is still warm.Ice Cubes | Whiskey Ice Cubes | Coffee Stones | Soapstone Ice

What ever your lifestyle preferences, I can assure you that these stones can add a smile and a sense of satisfaction to your day.

We make these stone in 2 difference sizes which both have the following features;

Soapstone Ice Rocks will chill your liquor without diluting it.

Because soapstone retains its temperature longer than ice, Soapstone Ice Rocks provide for a more sustained chill.

Ice rocks hold their temperature out of the freezer for 1 hour or more.

Soapstone Ice Rocks have been sent through a tumbling process to wear down the edges, meaning they won’t scratch your glass.

Never wear out or lose their ability to chill your drinks.

Soapstone is non-porous, odorless and tasteless.

Soapstone will not react to household cleaners.

Soapstone Griddle

Sparq’s founders LOVE to grill, and you can imagine our dismay when discovered that grilling over an open flame carries HUGE risks of cancer.

There is staggering research that finds; Grilling meat directly over an open flame can increase your risk of CANCER by 50% – 70%.

We love grilling too much AND our health too much to accept this type of risk.  Enter Soapstone Griddle, over the last 3 years we did our homework and came up with a product that would afford us the best of both worlds, our health and our grill.

Grilling Meat | Cancer Risk | Soapstone GriddleDid you know the lifestyle factors of diet and tobacco-use together account for approximately 70% of all human cancer, with diet by itself accounting for 35%-45% of human cancer (Goodherham et al., 1996)?
In other words, approximately 80,000 per one million people are estimated to get cancer from diet related causes.

 

 

 

Points we found in our research to reduce the risk of cancer from grilled foods;

  1. The American Cancer Society recommends to avoid fat dripping onto the hot coals or open flame which causes smoke and flare-ups that can contain carcinogens.1
  2. 2.The National Cancer Institute recommends avoiding direct exposure of meat to an open flame or a hot metal surface which causes charring and carcinogen mutation.2
  3. 3.The NCI also recommends avoiding prolonged cooking of meat at high temperatures (over 300ºF).3
  4. 4.Research published by MSNBC and other science journals recommend using a homemade marinade (avoid thick commercially available marinades).4

Features we built into our Soapstone Griddle;

  1. Using a Griddle will remove your meat from an open flame or a hot metal surface (As recommended by the National Cancer Institute).
  2. Using our Soapstone Griddle will prevent flare-ups from dripping fat (As recommended by the American Cancer Society).
  3. Soapstone’s temperature qualities allow you to cook at lower temperatures and achieve the same results in the same amount of time (As recommended by the National Cancer Institute).
  4. Our Soapstone Griddle’s groove design will naturally self-baste creating a moist, organic marinade while melting away unwanted fat (As recommended by science journals and reported by major news outlets).

 

REFERENCE LIST

Gooderham, N. J., Murray, S., Lynch, A.M., Yadollahi-Farsani, M., Bratt, C., Rich, K.J., Ahao, K, Murray, B.P., Bhadresa, S., Crosbie, S.J., Boobis, A.R., & Davies, D.S. (1996). Heterocyclis amines: Evaluation of their role in diet associated human cancer. British Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 42, 91-98.

“Pancreatic cancer risk: associations with meat-derived carcinogen intake.” Presented at the April 18-22, 2009 American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Meeting in Denver, CO. First author: Kristin Anderson, PhD, associate professor and cancer epidemiologist with the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center.

(1) http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/news/Features/a-backyard-chefs-guide-to-healthy-grilling

(2&3) http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cooked-meats

(2) Knize MG, Felton JS. Formation and human risk of carcinogenic heterocyclic amines formed from natural precursors in meat. Nutrition Reviews 2005; 63(5):158–165.

(3) Jägerstad M, Skog K. Genotoxicity of heat-processed foods. Mutation Research 2005; 574(1–2):156–172.

(4) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8499202/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/

Thermal Appetizer Plate

We are sure you understand us when we say, we have received one to many “cheesy” cheese plates as gifts in our lifetime.

We thought, hmmm, if people use soapstone as a main design and color feature in their kitchen (counter-tops), then why wouldn’t they like to entertain guest with something just as beautiful?

Soapstone isn’t just beautiful, it carries some great functionality in the kitchen.  Our Thermal Appetizer Plate stands in as a cheese plate (cold cheese or warm brie), sushi plate, desert plate, bread warmer, etc.

You can put the soapstone plate in the freezer or refrigerator and the plate will naturally retain the cool temperatures, and once out, will slowly, over time, keep your appetizers cool.

Also, you can place your Plate in the oven or microwave to heat it up.  The soapstone will naturally retain the heat, and once out, will slowly, over time, radiate warmth to your side dish.

Soapstone Shot Glass

Ever enjoyed a beer with a frosty mug or glass?  We have, and thought why not enjoy that same experience sipping shots?

Put this soapstone shot glass in the freezer and enjoy a chilled shot.

Put it in the microwave and use it for warm sake.