Blog | Rainbow Co-op Grocery in Jackson, MS


New Year’s Day - CLOSED

Posted by Patrick on December 28, 2016

Rainbow will be open our normal hours on New Years Eve and CLOSED New Years Day! If you need some extra resolution-fuel from Rainbow, be sure to stock up early!

Rainbow Tuna Salad - Vegan OR With Tuna

Posted by Patrick on December 28, 2016

Rainbow Tuna Salad
By Patrick Jerome

For the listed recipe, I was using Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Toona, but you omnivores can substitute tuna.

Per can of tuna (6-8oz size)

2-3 celery sticks, preferably from the center, with leaves attached
1 small red onion or ½ regular red onion or 1 bundle green onion
½ bell pepper
1 jalapeno pepper (deseeded)
1 heaping tablespoon vegenaise (I actually recommend vegenaise over regular mayonnaise in all recipes, but you can do what you wish)
1 tablespoon mustard. I recommend Sweet & Sauer’s fermented mustard
1 heaping tablespoon Sweet pickle relish
Black pepper, coarse grind, to taste

Open your tuna (or toona) and drain it. You can leave a little of the oil or water, but don’t leave much. Also, be aware that your cats will take notice of this, if you have cats.

Throw this into a suitably sized bowl. You’re going to wind up with equal amounts tuna and OTHER, so plan accordingly. If you are very bad at planning, you’ll ignore that advice, so don’t worry!

FINELY chop your celery, red onion, and bell pepper. The finer the better. Dice, chop, and re-chop. Add that to your tuna/toona.

Deseed your jalapeno pepper if you don’t want this to be HOT. I recommend a deseeded jalapeno for this recipe. Add that.

Add the relish, mustard, and vegenaise. I recommend vegenaise due to the consistency (it’s thicker) and the lower oil content. Whatever you choose, mix thoroughly. I recommend a fork to break up all those chunks.

Add black pepper to taste, Serve on crackers, celery, chips, toast, sandwiches (with lettuce, pickles, and red onion) or bell pepper slices.

Other potential additions for your tuna salad:
Capers, diced banana peppers, olives, hard-boiled egg (obviously that’s not vegan)


Rainbow and the Holidays

Posted by Patrick on December 23, 2016

There are a lot of holidays, especially around those astronomically important times of the year – your solstices and your equinoxes. It’s a good time to remember that daylight and warmth are coming back soon, despite the fact that it’s dark at five right now.

Rainbow’s been open for most of your Earth holidays this year, but for Christmas day (Sunday, December 25th, if you’re curious) we’ll be closed. We’ll be closing early on Christmas Eve (Saturday, December 24th) We’ll be shutting down around four or five, but we’ll play it by ear as always. We won’t be kicking everyone out if we’re busy, for instance.

If you need a last-minute gift idea, may I suggest something from the Coop? We’ve got half gallon jars of honey, local beeswax soaps, beautiful Le Crueset cookwares, and if you want to get a bit adventurous, you can mix your own spice blend for your family members. If you don’t know of a good one, try Patrick’s Fiery BBQ rub.

Patrick’s Fiery BBQ Rub

Posted by Patrick on December 20, 2016

Patrick’s Fiery BBQ Rub:

All these ingredients are available in our bulk department. Feel free to make any replacements or substitutions you want. This mix is a spicy, tangy dry rub suitable for most light meats, tofu, seitan, and other hot grilling and dipping recipes.

Please measure your spices by weight. I considered one part to be one ounce for my recipe, making slightly more than a pound of BBQ rub so I could give it as Christmas gifts. (Sorry if I ruined the surprise!)

Before any discounts, this will cost you about $10, which is a great deal on a pound of delightful mixed seasonings!

You’ll need one half part of each of the following:

Chipotle Powder: This provides the heat, and the smoked peppers of the chipotle provide some additional savory smokiness.
Marjoram: This holds the rub together, and brings a bright, citrusy tingle to the tongue.

You’ll need one part each of the following:

Ginger root powder: This brings a burst of fire and heat that’s also savory and soothing to the stomach.
Sage Powder: A rich, delightful earthiness that brings rounded European flavors to the mix.
Black Pepper: A deep tingling heat that lingers.
White Pepper: A lighter version of the same, hitting the same notes as the marjoram.
Yellow Mustard Powder: An astringent low note that balances out the higher, brighter flavors.
Smoked Chili Flakes: More smoky heat, with less of a punch than the chipotle.

You’ll need two parts of each of the following:

Smoked Sea Salt: Saltiness to bring out all the flavors of the mix, plus more smoke!
Onion Powder: Rich, savory warmth and smell, this covers the bitter flavors and adds fruit!
Roasted Garlic Powder: More roasted smoky taste with the deep Earthy heat of garlic.

You’ll need three parts of the following:
Smoked Paprika: The main ingredient, holding everything together, adding smoke, bulk, and herbs.

Mix it well and you’re done!

Now when you add this to your BBQ, you can add it at the beginning of the cook, but be sure to reapply it toward the end. The delicate smoked flavors tend to cook out fairly easily, leaving you with more heat. A second application will build smoke, heat, and the savory herbal taste.
Other additions would include lemon peel for a tart fruity tang, rosemary for a sweet rounded flavor.
Add it to lime juice and soy sauce and you’ll make a great dip!



Vote For Rainbow - Best of Jackson!

Posted by Patrick on December 08, 2016

Look, obviously we want you to vote for Rainbow and High Noon in Best of Jackson (healthiest place to eat!) But that’s the easy part. I also want to point out that there are Rainbow board members and employees nominated, there’s businesses we’ve partnered with, ex-employees, artists who hang art in here and paint our tables, chefs who get ingredients here, restaurants who buy from the same farmers as us, because we’re an organic part of the community. Rainbow’s not some big box plonked down like an alien spaceship in a parking lot, we’re grown in Jackson, from local ingredients, and why we’re part of the Best of Jackson. So get in there and vote for us, and vote for some Real Jackson.

vote for us!