EmmaLee Woodland

About EmmaLee Woodland

EmmaLee works with the online store at Smith and Edwards. If she's not at work, she can be found playing hard, doing any number of outdoor and athletic activities. She has an enthusiasm for life, loves being around people, and everyone enjoys trying to keep up with her goofball personality!

Pickle & Ferment in small batches with your own mason jars.

Enjoy Delicious Home Pickled Foods

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland

Canning season in Northern Utah is in full force! We have some new canning gadgets you need to know about. You'll love these great products designed to make your favorite home pickled foods in smaller, faster batches.

Fermentation Creation full kit in use.
ViscoDisc group for fermenting.

Fermentation Creation and ViscoDisc are sure to change the way you can, pickle, and ferment foods. So come on! Let's create some delicious foods that are sure to be a hit at your next family party.

Chop, Salt, Brine and Repeat

Fermentation Creation was founded by two friends with the desire to bring the American agricultural spirit back into homes across America. Jon Lusby and Greg Griffith family histories of hardship, farming, and survival drove them to working in sustainable farms and sharing their passion for food consciousness with others. You can learn more about their great histories by clicking here.

Jon Lusby, owner, teaching people about Fermentation Creation.
The beginnings of a sauerkraut ferment.

This desire helped Jon and Greg develop small batch pickling and fermenting kits. Thus Fermentation Creation was born. These kits help introduce people to the world of pickled and fermented foods that are pack with probiotics. They also allow people to continue the adventure of home canning and fermenting without overwhelming yields.

We carry two of their kits in our store. The lid kits include one specialized Ball mason jar lid, one rubber seal, one 3-piece airlock device, one 2-ounce bottle of Real Salt, and one instructions card with 4 included recipe cards. The full kit also includes a half-gallon Ball mason jar, rubber cork for airlock seal and an instructions/recipe booklet.

These kits are the perfect solution for making small batches of your favorite home pickled foods. You can follow the great recipes included or look elsewhere for additional recipes. The possibilities of fermented foods are endless!

Let's Go, Visco!

An important thing to remember when fermenting is to keep all produce under its brine. But how can one possibly accomplish that? Let me introduce you to ViscoDisc.

The ViscoDisc insert is a universal tool that is great for small-batch pickling and fermenting and canning. It was developed to prevent produce from protruding above their syrups and brines. Simply insert the sterilized ViscoDisc insert into the top of your packed jars with the ViscoDisc inserter. Fruits and vegetables are held under their liquids for perfectly preserved produce every time.

ViscoDisc installation steps.
ViscoDisc fully installed.

When canning, remove the ViscoDisc insert with a fork. Bottle should not be processed in hot temperatures with the ViscoDisc inside. This great tool will ensure that you have enough head space when processing in both waterbath and pressure canning.

When pickling and fermenting, go ahead and leave the inserts in the bottles! This will hold produce under it's brine and prevent it from coming into contact with the mold that could grow on top of your yield. Don't worry about the food under the surface. Simply scrape off that top layer and the food inside will be perfectly preserved and safe to eat. 

Shop Smith & Edwards online for the ViscoDisc Wide Mouth and Regular Mouth inserts. Buy a 2-pack of the ViscoDisc Inserter with wide and regular sizes included.

ViscoDisc Inserts.

For additional questions you might have about preserving foods and proper technique, check out the USU Extension Office! They have all the know-how you need to be confident and safe.

Fulfill Your Canning Needs Right Here

The world of home preserving is always changing. We will be with you every step of the way with the newest brands and hottest trends. Get all of your canning and fermenting essentials right here, at Smith and Edwards. We are sure to have everything you need, if we can find it!

Storefront to New Location

Celebrate 70 Years of Fun at Our New Location

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland
The front door and clothing.
Surplus clothing.

70 Years of Fun

Smith and Edwards has grown and expanded many times over the course of the last 70 years. We have achieved many milestones since our humble beginnings back in 1947. These include such things like partnering with ACE Hardware, becoming a powerful presence in sporting and home goods supplies, and becoming a valuable resource for ranchers and cowboys in our western department.

This year we achieved another milestone that we are excited to share with you. Not only did we reach our 70th anniversary, but we also opened our long awaited (and highly anticipated) second store. That's right! As of August 21st, we opened a new location in Northern Utah. Wahoo!!

We couldn't be more excited for this awesome adventure! Or should I say our "one BIG adventure?" We can't wait to celebrate this special occasion and want you to come party with us.

Stihl brand power tools.
Bathroom and kitchen faucets.

Come On Down to 9010 South Redwood Road

Last fall, we purchased the old RC Willey in West Jordan on the corner of 90th and Redwood Road. It has been an exciting time for us since January. We've been busy remodeling, repainting and rebooting the look of the building so we could open our doors and expand along the Wasatch front. And now we are ready for business!

Smith and Edwards - West Jordan opened it's doors to the public on August 21, 2017. We will be celebrating with a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, September 9th and we want you to join us! The celebration will run from 9 AM-5 PM. There will be a lot of things happening like vendor booths, giveaways, samples and product demos throughout the store. You can even talk to some of our sales reps from companies like Remington, Springfield, Nikon, Camp Chef, Stanley drinkware and more!

Holsters for conceal carry.
Ammo for hunting rifles, shotguns, and handguns.

There will also be a ribbon cutting with the West Jordan Chamber of Commerce on Friday, September 8, at 5 PM.

New Store Hours for West Jordan Location

We are open longer at our new West Jordan location! Operating hours for West Jordan will be Monday - Saturday, 9 AM to 8 PM. Store hours for the Ogden location will remain Monday - Saturday, 9 AM to 6 PM. Both locations are closed on Sundays and most major holidays so our employees can spend time with their families.

Here at Smith and Edwards we are all about family and helping you get what you need. We've been "finding it" for the past 70 years are eager to continue our "one big adventure." So come on down to the corner of 90th and Redwood! Where you'll still hear us say, "We've got anything you want if we can find it."

Contact Us in West Jordan

Smith & Edwards - West Jordan Location

9010 S. Redwood Road

West Jordan, UT 84088

Phone: 801-432-8370

Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday 9 AM - 8 PM, Closed Sundays

Wrangle Up Your Rodeo Fashion!

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland
The summer has all but flown by this year. You have had a blast with all your friends and family. From four-wheeling at Hardware Ranch on Memorial Day to running in the Top of Utah 15K Freedom Run in Blacksmith Fork Canyon on the 4th of July. From fireworks at Stadium of Fire to sunburns to ice cream runs. You couldn't have asked for a better, more fun filled time of year.  
Get geared up for girl's night.

Begin Right Here with Our Team

It's time to start planning your next adventure! You might be asking, "what should we do next?" We've got the answer, right here. Rodeo season is in full swing and we've got all the gear you'll need to enjoy a night with your girls. Join us at the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo this July 19th-24th right in Ogden, UT.
Kelsy and Katelyn in western wear
EmmaLee and Kassidi watching the bulls ride.
You can find all of your western attire right here in our store. With our crew of clothing gals and our experts in western boots, you'll leave with the hottest styles and fashions... And we aren't talking about temperature.
Kelsy, EmmaLee, and Katelyn sport their new looks from Smith & Edwards.

Need Shirts? Need Shoes? No Problem!

Check out our wide variety of western apparel. We have the hottest brands, from Cinch, to Ariat, to Rock Revival, to Tony Lama, and more! Take a look at our Women's Jeans Guide to see a variety of styles and brands that we carry. The Ladies in our clothing department really know their stuff and will have you looking great and feeling better in a new pair of jeans.
EmmaLee and Kassidi taking a break from the fun.
Kelsy and Katelyn enjoying the view and their western boots.

Enjoy boots, shirts and jeans from Ariat, Justin, and Tony Lama. Our favorite jeans brands include Wrangler, Rock Revival, Cinch, and Cruel Girl. We even get the occasional apparel from Stetson in both men's and women's wear. Our variety of western belts is off the charts, too. Come on in and take a look at our selections.

These western boots and shoes were worn by our models. Click here to shop women's Western boots. Shop men's western boots here. We've got boots for the whole family, so your kids can be looking great too!
EmmaLee, Kassidi, Kelsy and Katelyn.

Our Sunbody Hats come in a variety of colors at affordable prices! Each hat can be shaped in whatever style you want. Pick from one of these favorites! The Cattleman, the Brick Top, the Flat Top, the Gus, or the Rough Top, also known as the Cool Hand Luke or, Marty's personal favorite, the Duck Pond.

Kelsy and Katelyn keeping an eye out for good deals.
EmmaLee and Kassidi showing off their great buys.

You can buy your own Sunbody Hat by clicking right here! Whether you are looking for red, purple, green, or blue trim, or just a raw edge, we've got what you need. We even carry some of your favorite brands like Stetson and Sarratelli.

We will be closed on July 24th for Pioneer Day.

Spend $50 on Wrangler apparel at Smith & Edwards, get an Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo ticket voucher!

Join Us for One Big Adventure

  Ladies, we even have all of the clothing your man will need. Take a night out this week and kick some dust up! You'll find all of your clothing and western needs right in one place. For the last 70 years we have been finding everything you need to get out and explore this great state & country. Let us be a part of your next 70 years of big adventure! 
Having fun after 70 years of service and rodeo.

What the Models Wore

Moving from left to right in the final image:

EmmaLee - Sunbody Hat with purple trim, style HG4A3BEPR; Women's Cinch Long-Sleeve Western Blouse, style MSW9200016-PNK; Blazin Roxx western belt, style N3516636; Rock Revival Ena S203 Skinny Jeans, style RP9213S203; and Justin Boots Faxon Brown, style L4360.

Kassidi - Sunbody Hat with raw edge and black hat band, style HG4B; Rock and Roll lace blue tank, style B5254542; Yellow Western Necklace, style JW0980; Wrangler Rock 47 Boyfriend Jean, style WBX30ND; and Twisted X Serape Fringe shoes, style WDM0064.

Kelsy - Sunbody Hat Oak Color, style HG4AOAKBE; Women's Wrangler White Tank, style LW2874N; Nikibiki Fuscia Tank, style NS4011FUC; Stetson Studded denim skirt, style 11-060-0594-0629BU; and Ariat Women's Quickdraw VentTEK boots, style 10019904.

Katelyn - Sunbody Hat with red trim, style HG4A3BERD; Women's L/S Wrangler Western Blouse, style LW2521M; Western Fashion Belt, assorted styles; Ariat Julia Elmwood Low rise bootcut jeans, style 10019528; and Tony Lama 100% Vaquero western boots, style VF3044.

New campfire foods for Norther Utah

Campfire Food for Camping in Utah this Summer

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland

Spring is almost over, and summer is fast approaching. Kids will be out of school and for many of you this means vacations and adventures in the great outdoors. My favorite summer adventure includes sitting around a campsite, eating good food, and hanging out with good friends while roasting things over the campfire. I love it!

When you set out on your next family trip you'll want to make sure that you have the essentials with you. Essentials like sleep gear, a working car, and good food. That last one is my personal favorite. Check out these great products that we carry here at Smith & Edwards! Guaranteed to make your mouth water and allow for a good time.

Make fresh Mayo, Whipped Cream, & Butter while Camping

Some of the newest items we got in are these fancy food prep items by Cookut. This France-based company delivers fun, innovative products that are simple, practical, and cool. Check out their mayonnaise, butter, and whipped cream shakers!

 

Yummy homemade whipped cream in minutes
Homemade mayonnaise with a zing

 

Each shaker is made of a glass jar with specially shaped silicone balls. These balls are shaped specifically to whip up these condiments in minutes. You have great tasting, easy to make condiment from scratch. Follow the recipe printed on the bottle or alter it slightly according to your own tastes.

These shakers are not only great for home use! Their sleek, compact design makes them perfect to use at your next family outing or camp-out. You'll be able to make the perfect amount so none of it goes to waste. You can even use your fresh-made butter on other goodies you roast over the campfire!

Make Sweet Campfire Treats with the DoughyMaker

The Doughy Maker isn't a new item, but it is definitely a product to get excited about. Previously marked at $19.99, we've got the Doughy Maker sitting at 50% off! This little tool is perfect for making delicious cinnamon sugar coated dessert balls, and our Housewares manager Vickie's son Gabriel can tell you how good they are.

Getting started with your DoughyMaker
Adding dough to the Doughy Maker
Step 2 in Doughy-Making
Roasting doughies over the fire
Baked doughies
Adding butter and cinnamon to the doughies

You can even use them at home over a backyard fire pit! Your possibilities for campfire desserts doesn't end at cinnamon coated biscuits. Try your hand at using corn bread dough, cookie dough, and brownie batter. Or, make delicious meatballs and mushroom delights! All it takes is a little bit of imagination.

You'll definitely want to add this must-have item to your camping list.  Not only is is a great product, but it was also developed right here in Northern Utah. This is just the start of the delicious possibilities that Smith & Edwards has to offer.

Making doughies on a fire pit
Doughies taste even better with friends!
DoughyMaker with fresh doughies

Get your DoughyMaker today - only $9.99 for a limited time!

Mountain House = Mountain Man Meals

Many outdoor enthusiasts are familiar with the Mountain House brand of freeze dried meals. For those of you who are new to the game, here is a little explanation for you.

Mountain House freeze dried meals were originally developed for the special forces troops. Freeze dried foods are lighter than traditional MREs and they retain more of their original flavor. Each meal weighs mere ounces and cooks in under 10 minutes. All you need is boiling water!

Awhile ago we asked our customers what some of their favorite flavors are. People were really passionate as they shared their favorite meal. Some of the responses we received included beef stroganoff, sweet and sour pork, and spaghetti. Smith & Edwards' own Paul Wright said he really likes the Italian-style pepper steak. You can check out these an other great flavors by clicking right here.

I had never experienced the Mountain House freeze dried foods until this past year. On a snowshoeing excursion up the North Ogden Divide in Northern Utah I had the sweet and sour pork. It was delicious! I'm definitely looking forward to camping trips this summer so I can have more of these great meals.

We just added new flavors, including Spicy Southwest Breakfast Hash and Chicken Fajita Bowl.

Smith & Edwards also carries the Mountain House freeze dried desserts. The apple crisp is one of our top sellers. We even sell their freeze dried ice cream!

No matter what you are in the mood for Mountain House has a meal for you. Order them online or come in the store today for all of your outdoor needs.

Spring adventure at Smith & Edwards

Adventure is Out There! Find It with Smith & Edwards

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland

There is a change in the air. Finally, Mother Nature has melted the snow from the valleys and it looks like we are going to have a bit of a break from the winds and rain of April in Northern Utah. You've been cooped up in your office or at home and are reaching to scratch that itch of adventure.

Cabin Fever got you down?

New layout for the camping and marine departments.

New layout for camping and marine!

If you are like me then this itch comes every year and you're ready to go. But before you can go anywhere you better take stock of your gear and replace anything outdated, broken, or in need of repair. What better way to scratch that itch than by coming to Smith & Edwards! We've been doing some of our own changing to get you out of Dodge and into the outdoors where you belong.

Paddles, Oars, and Connelly Inflatables.

Paddles and oars start at $12.99.

Come on in and check out what we've been up to this week! Our camping and marine sections had a little bit of a facelift so we can help you find what you need quickly. We've got everything you need for lounging, hiking, sleeping, camping, boating, and just plain ol' sitting around.

Dog life jackets also available.

We've even got life vests for your pooch!

Stop paddling to keep up and start paddling to get away! Whether it's rafting, canoeing, kayaking, or paddle boarding, we've got all the equipment you'll need at great prices. You can shop for paddles online right here!

Take Control on the Rapids of Life

Quit treading water just to survive. It's time to kick back and relax in the water. Get a new Connelly life jacket or an inflatable lounge tube. Neoprene and nylon jacket styles are available for all ages and sizes. Click here to see the sizes and styles we carry.Connelly life vests for all sizes.
We also have great prices on Connelly towables and inflatables. And, between you and me, Willard Bay is starting to look quite inviting. Did you know it's just right around the corner from us? Check out our inventory here and get out on the water!Camp chairs to fit every need.

Say goodbye to your uncomfortable desk chair for the weekend and kick back with some good friends. Enjoy a s'more or two in a new camp chair or lounger. This camp lounger is so comfortable you won't even notice that you're sitting down. Shop online for camp chairs and sleeping cots.

Blue anti-gravity lounger.

Cool Anti-Gravity Lounger

For the last 70 years, we have been doing our part to make sure that you are outfitted with the newest, best and most reliable gear. Let us continue this tradition of excellence. We know you'll find what you need right here and we can't wait to help you discover something new.

What are you waiting for?

Rush in to Smith & Edwards today so you can rush out fully equipped and ready to explore this great state!

360 Electrical Surge Protectors at Smith & Edwards

360 Electrical - It's Electric!

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland

Tangled cords can give you a headache. Whether it's your phone charger, your laptop cords, or a curling iron, tangled cords gets really annoying. 360 Electrical is an innovative company with a solution... and we carry their products right here at Smith and Edwards.

Plus - Scroll down and ENTER TO WIN our top 360 Electrical ($39.99 value!)

360 Electrical started in 2005 with a desire to make things better. It's privately owned by a Utah native right here in Salt Lake City. Her creative genius has changed the way we look at electrical outlets.

The Meaning of 360

The power cords made by 360 Electrical feature a unique swivel feature. The design allows the electrical outlet to spin freely as a cord gets twisted. Your cord is able to unwind as it's twisted, thus reducing the amount of tangling your cord can do.

The swivel feature also allows cords to travel to any location in a room with minimal strain on the prongs.

Have a charger that doesn't fit next to other cords on a power strip? With the Powercurve power strip, you can swivel the outlet so they'll fit neatly!

360 Electrical Powercurve Surge Protector & USB Charger

360 Electrical Powercurve Surge Protector & USB Charger

Not only has 360 changed our perception of traditional outlets, but they have also changed our vision of modern technologies. Many of their power cords feature USB ports for cell phone chargers, too.
Use the 360 Electrical Powercurve Mini to bring more outlets to the coffeeshop!

Whether you need one outlet or several outlets, 360 Electrical has you covered!

What's in Store

Smith and Edwards carries several of 360 Electrical's products. Keep your electronics safe from power surges with the 4-outlet REVOLVE and 6-outlet Powercurve.

360 Electrical REVOLVE Surge Protector - 4 Outlets

Power your blow dryer, flat iron, his razor, and have an outlet to spare!

The 4-outlet Adapter is perfect for standard outlets in your bedroom or bathroom. The PowerCurve Mini and PowerCurve 7-Outlet  plugs are equipped with two 1-amp USB chargers and are surge protected as well.

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How We Can Help

Whatever your power needs may be, you can find a solution right here at Smith and Edwards. Shop these great products in store or check them out right here on smithandedwards.com! We've got what you need and are here to help with all of your electrical needs.

Reviewing hammocks by Grand Trunk and Hammock air pads by Klymit

Hanging Out with Grand Trunk and Enjoying the Klymit

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland

Today, we are going to talk about one of my favorite things… Camping! We have two camping essentials that are going to knock your socks off and leave you wishing you could "head for the hills" right now.

Sleep... What's That?

In a recent conversation with Mike Vause, sporting goods manager, he reminded me that sleep is an important aspect that is constantly overlooked when camping, hiking, or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. Mike said, "You may have to [fill in the blank]." You may have to get to the next ridge. You may have to land that next catch. You may have to bag that elk that has eluded you the last two days. You may have to stop and look at the scenery...

The Missouri River near Great Falls, Montana.

A view near Great Falls, MT from a hammock.

Whatever "you may have to" do, you'll need all the energy possible in order to obtain that goal. So, you'll want to make sure that you are getting the best night's sleep while in the great outdoors. Let's take a minute to look at my favorite bed, the hammock.

Click Here to shop our great selection of sleeping pads and air mattresses.

Time to Hang Out and Chill Out

Hammocks are a recent trend that everyone, especially the younger generation, is going crazy about. We carry a variety of brands and sizes, but my favorite brand that we carry is Grand Trunk. Made out of the same nylon material as parachutes, these hammocks are strong and durable. They come in a few different colors and patterns, so we are sure to have one that fits your style.

EmmaLee and her friend sitting in a hammock.

Hammocking under a bridge.

My favorite thing about hammocks is their versatility. Whether you're going on a day trip, a 50-mile hike, a 3-day hunting weekend, or just a trip to your backyard, you always have a lightweight, portable resting place that takes minutes to set up and enjoy. The Grand Trunk double hammock weighs only 2 lbs and can hold up to 400 lbs, so it is easy to enjoy with a friend or by yourself. Plus, at 10' 6" long by 6' 6" wide, there is no way you could go wrong.

Shop our growing selection of hammocks right here, or give us a call so see what all we have to offer!

EmmaLee showing off the Grand Trunk batik hammock.

EmmaLee pictured with her hammock, the Grand Trunk Batik Hammock.

Recently I set a goal to go camping with nothing but my Grand Trunk hammock, a tarp, an emergency blanket, and my sleeping bag for shelter. I still have yet to do so and my goal changed slightly when Mike Vause showed me an evolutionary sleeping pad designed specifically for your hammock. Wow! This evolutionary sleeping pad is none other than the Klymit Hammock V inflatable sleeping pad.

What's New for You

Like all Klymit air pads the Hammock V is made with a V-chamber design that limits air movement and provides excellent insulation. With an R-value of 1.6, it is perfect for the coming season of camping and warmer weather. The two valve system allows you to inflate the Hammock V quickly, using only 15-25 breaths, without the worry of deflating as you go.

EmmaLee holding the Hammock V air pad.

Hammock V air pad with EmmaLee, who is 5' 7" tall.

One of my favorite features of this air pad is the grip zones located on both sides of the pad. Your sleeping pad will be held in place in your hammock and you won't have to worry about your sleeping bag slipping and sliding around either. You can check out our other Klymit sleeping pads here.

One of the non-slip grip zones.

One of the three (3) silicone, non-slip grip zones.

These coming months are my favorite because I get to head outdoors and do some camping and exploring. I am excited for my night's sleep to allow me to climb to the top of the next mountain and take time to enjoy the beautiful vistas in comfort. Be sure to get a tarp and rope to keep the rain off of you. Shop online or in our store for tarps and rope.

Come On In and Check Us Out

Buy your very own Grand Trunk Hammock and Klymit Hammock V Sleeping Pad at Smith and Edwards! We've got the gear you need for all of your adventures and our helpful and fun staff will be there for you every step of the way. Let us answer your questions and help you find exactly what you need.

Come on in or give us a call today!

Check out the new line of Hangman Products at Smith & Edwards!

Fresh New Line: Hangman Products

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland

Smith and Edwards is continuously growing and expanding in our business, and that includes working with new manufacturers and carrying new brands.

Recently, we have added Hangman® Products to our store! There are a few reasons for YOU to be as excited about these products as we are.

Hangman Products make your Walls Happy!

Hangman Products are perfect for hanging pictures and other wall art. Hangman also carries products to hang your electronic devices, such as the Wallsaver Speaker Hanging Kit and No Stud TV Hanger.

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Hangman TV Mount

Hangman TV Mount Kit

We know that you'll love these Hangman products! With a motto of "Hanging solutions for everyday needs," they are perfect for organized people. They can even help the unorganized person become organized, too!
Hangman wall organizer

Where to get American Hangman Products

Hangman Products is an American hardware company that makes most of their products right here in the USA. They are made with quality and care for their customers.

You'll find Hangman Products on aisle 40 by the Rope Room at Smith & Edwards off I-15 off exit 351 in Ogden, Utah, as well as right here on our website.

Check out Hangman Products, now at Smith & Edwards!

Check out Hangman on Instagram and their Pinterest boards for even more inspiration!

Women's Jeans Guide from Smith & Edwards

All About Jeans: Women's Jeans Guide

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland

If you've ever been shopping for women's jeans then you understand exactly how frustrating it can be. Either they fit your waist and hips and you feel like you're going to split the leg seams with every step, or they fit your thighs and hips and gap at the back of the waistband.

There is just no winning, or so it would appear. What you need to do is identify what you like and steer clear of things that don't match up with that.

As discussed in our Men's Jeans Guide, the way your jeans fit is about more than just comfort. It's also about looking good, by finding what is most flattering for your body shape, and feeling better. Hopefully, the three aspects we discuss today, rise, leg opening, and fit, will help you in your quest for the mythical "perfect pair of jeans."

Women's Jeans: RISE

A jean's rise is determined by how far the waistband of the jeans comes up the waist. The greater the distance is between the crotch and the waistband the higher the rise.

Women's jeans rises from highest to lowest.

Jeans rise graphic via Joy of Clothes

Each brand varies from one another, but there are typically three main rises. You can approximate the rise of a jean by measuring from the crotch seam to the top of the front waistband.

Natural-Rise Ladies' Jeans

Natural rise jeans, also called high-rise or performance rise, sit right at the waist. This rise is more than 10 1/2" and help your legs look longer. These women's jeans are perfect for those competing in rodeos, or for hard-working ladies that do a lot of bending in a day. Take a look at the variety of ladies' natural rise jeans, like Wrangler 18MWZ or Cinch Jenna, we have here at Smith & Edwards:

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Mid-Rise Ladies' Jeans

Mid-rise jeans sit just below the waist or about an inch below the navel. This popular rise is neither too tall nor too short, measuring between 9" and 11". Most body types look flattering in this rise!

From Wrangler's Cash and Q-Baby to Cinch Ada, Silver Aiko to Rock Revival, you'll find something you love.

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Low-Rise Ladies' Jeans

Low-rise jeans sit a few inches below the navel. The rise is between 7 - 9-1/2" and are most flattering on slender figures.

Keep in mind that "muffin tops" and "love handles" are often accentuated by this fit style. Check out our Wrangler Sadie  and Cinch Bailey styles, and our selection of Rock Revival jeans.

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You'll find Women's Jeans on our website, and even more styles in our Ogden, Utah store.

Ladies' Jeans: LEG OPENING

In women's jeans, there are so many different leg openings and it can get real confusing.

You may ask quite frequently, "When is the best time to wear ______________ jeans?" This leg opening section of my women's jeans guide should help you out a lot!

Women's Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans are tight around your calf and are perfect to wear with fashion and western boots, most flats, and heels. They taper from the knee down and have an ultra low profile. This makes them perfect for showing off those red high heels or your favorite western kicks.

Take a look at our Cruel Girl Abby jeans. Cruel Girl and Cinch are sister companies and you can find multiple styles sold right here in our Ogden location.

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Women's Straight-Leg Jeans

Straight leg jeans have the next lowest profile and are extremely versatile. The bottom half of the pant leg goes straight down from the knee, so they are a little looser around your calf than skinny jeans. You'll love these Silver Suki styles and the original Wrangler 14MWZ cowboy cut jeans in white and blue.

Ladies' straight leg jeans tuck into boots fairly well and can be worn with most footwear. If you like the cuffed look, these jeans are perfect for getting an even cuff with no puckering.

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Women's Bootcut Jeans

Bootcut jeans are narrower in the knee than at the leg opening, so you can put the pant-leg over your boots. A lot of your western, riding, or work jeans are boot cut. You can also wear this style with your favorite pair of tennis shoes. They don't cuff as well as your skinny or straight-leg jeans.

Wrangler's Mae, Cash, and Classic Fit jeans are as hardworking and fashion forward as you are. Also check out the different Ariat styles we carry.

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Women's Wide Leg & Flare Leg Jeans

Wide leg and flare leg jeans have a very distinct flare. The hem of the pant-leg is wider than the knee. "Trouser cut" is one specific style of wide leg pants. We know you'll love this Cruel Girl Jayley style with a trouser cut.

Cruel Denim Jayley Wide Leg women's jeans

Women's Jeans: FIT

A jean's fit is determined by how tightly it fits through your waist, hips, and thighs. Fit styles include slim, regular, relaxed, and loose fit.

Depending on the manufacturer of the jeans you're looking at, you may see different terms or style names on the jean fit spectrum. This section will give you a base knowledge, but you'll always want to check with the manufacturer to determine the most likely fit of the jeans you want to buy.

Ladies' Slim Fit Jeans

Slim fit jeans hug your curves tightly and are narrow from the waist through the hips and thighs. Brands such as Rock Revival, Miss Me, and Grace in L.A. tend to have a slimmer fit. Take a look at these and other great brands in slim fit.

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Ladies' Regular Fit Jeans

Regular fit jeans hug your curves but offer a better range of movement than slim fit. They are a little looser between the waist, hips, and thighs. This common fit is flattering and comfortable.

We carry this fit in brands such as Silver, Ariat, and Wrangler styles 09MWZ, WRC10, and WRQ20.

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Ladies' Relaxed Fit Jeans

Relaxed fit jeans fit loosely through the waist, hip, and thigh. They are more comfortable than other fits because of the extra room and freedom of movement.

Cinch's Ada and Bailey styles are the perfect jeans for that girl who needs to move! We also have a variety of Wranglers and other brands with this same great fit.

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Ladies' Loose Fit Jeans

Loose fit jeans have even more room through the hip and thigh. This fit is baggy through the waist, hip and thigh. They allow for better movement and added comfort. Many of your boyfriend-style jeans would be considered loose-fit jeans.

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Tips for Caring for your New Jeans

Now that we have gone over all of the basics about a jean's fit then you can be set free, right? Unfortunately, it's not quite that easy. There are just a few final things to keep in mind when buying and caring for jeans.

First, just find what you are comfortable in. The next time you go shopping, take your favorite pair of jeans with you. This will help you find jeans similar in size, style, fit, and color to aid you in your shopping experience.

Next, learn how to care for your jeans. To ensure that jeans will fit the same way every time you wear them you need to wash them in cold water and avoid the dryer. Hot water and heated drying will cause your jeans to shrink and your jeans will be unable to recover.

One last thing to keep in mind is getting your jeans starched at the dry cleaner's every once in a while. This will keep your jeans feeling and looking like new. It also helps to prolong the life of your jeans.

Give us a Call or Come on Over!

Whether you're heading to the rodeo, out for a night on the town with your closest girlfriends, or just looking for more everyday outfits, we are happy to help. Come in and see how we can help you today in Smith & Edwards' Clothing department.

The women of Smith & Edwards' clothing department are happy to help you!

We've got tons of experience and a great crew of ladies here that know our jeans in and out and will help you find something that looks good. They are eager to offer advice while you shop and help you look your best.

We'll help you find the perfect pair of jeans for your shape and style. You'll get the best individual attention that you need to look good and feel great. Plus, we love to help you find matching shirts and blouses for the perfect outfit!

Pickling & Fermenting Crocks Frequently Asked Questions

Fermentation and Pickling Crocks Questions & Answers

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland

At some point in your life, you've probably had fresh, homemade pickles - maybe even homemade sauerkraut or kimchi. You might even have a few seasons of pickling and fermenting under your belt. Yet, I would venture to bet that, no matter where you are in your journey, you have a few questions about pickling crocks.

We've carried made-in-Ohio, USA stoneware pickling crocks for several years (click to see them online!) here at Smith & Edwards, and here are some questions our customers have asked us over the decades. We've found answers from experts including Ohio Stoneware and Utah State University's Extension Office.

Three gallon pickling crock set: crock, lid, and weights

Have a pickling crock question you don't see answered here? Leave a comment below and we'll track down an answer for you!

Pickling Crock Questions about Getting Started

What do I need to get started?

You need a pickling crock with a set of weights and a lid. Whether you buy a pickling or fermentation crock is up to you. There are many brands to choose from, but our favorite here at Smith and Edwards is the Ohio Stoneware crocks.

Once you have your basic kit assembled, all you need is a few of your favorite recipes. Then you're ready to start making delicious, fresh pickles.

You can also try pickling other vegetables, or even try your hand at fermenting!

Find out more tips about getting started with pickling crocks, and a FREE recipe, here.

Are crock lids and weights necessary, or are there "pickling hacks"?

These items are necessary. Pickling weights hold your produce under the brine. Pickling crock lids keep excess air & contaminants from reaching your pickles.

However, you can use some shortcuts. Instead of weights, you could use a plate weighted down with bricks. Also, if you have a plate large enough, you could use that as a lid.

Crock weights are designed & sized specifically for your individual crock, so I recommend them - but you can get by without them.

Pickling & Fermentation crock lids and weights

How do I care for my pickling crock?

It's quite simple, really. Your crock needs only to be washed with soap and water. The goal is to get rid of anything that would cause bacteria to form in your crock. So a little bit of hot water and soap will do just the trick. Here are some more questions we get about cleaning pickling crocks.

Should I wash my crock by hand, or in the dishwasher?

Most pickling crocks, like the Ohio Stoneware crocks, have been treated with a special glaze that has been specially formulated to withstand the power of your dishwasher. But - due to their sheer size and majesty, your pickling crocks might not fit in your dishwasher!

If your 1-gallon or 2-gallon pickling crock fits, you can rest easy knowing that you won't hurt your crock by putting it in the dishwasher. But handwashing is a good bet.

What type of scrubber is best?

Most scrubbers will work great with your crock. You're not likely to ruin the glaze. Still, Ohio Stoneware recommends that you don't use anything too abrasive. Steer clear of metal scrubbing tools.

Don't use these abrasive cleaners on your ceramic pickling crock!

The traditional, little green scrubbing pads that you can find in most cleaning aisles (or on our center bargain tables here at Smith and Edwards) are the perfect tool for doing the job. Any other plastic-bristled scrubbers or foam sponges, even our favorite Scrub Daddy scrubbers, will work great on your pickling crocks!

Use the Scrub Daddy or any foam, sponge, or plastic-bristle scrubbers on your pickling crocks

Is it safe to pour scalding-hot water in my crock?

Your pickling crock has been coated with some kind of glaze and was heated, or fired, in a kiln. Temperatures inside of an industrial kiln, which is like a giant oven, can reach up to 2500°F. So, a little bit of scalding hot water isn't going to hurt your crock.

Something I would suggest would be to avoid pouring boiling hot water into your crock when the crock is extremely cold.

Have you ever seen what happens to glass when it is super-heated and then cooled too quickly? You get really cool cracks in the glass making it look like crystal! That's not something that you want to have happen to your pickling crock.

Can I still use a cracked crock? How about if the glaze is cracked?

If the crack is deep enough that the clay of the crock is exposed, it is recommended that you invest in a new crock. It would be impossible to guarantee that an older crock was made with lead-free clay and health and safety should be your number one concern when pickling and fermenting.

However, if you notice that your glaze is cracked but the clay is not exposed, you should be okay to continue using your crock. Be sure and check with the manufacturer if you have questions about the composition of your crock.

Chips in the rim aren't an issue at all.

More Pickling Crock Questions

Does the color of the interior of my crock have any special meaning?

Pickling crocks have been manufactured in this fashion for many years now. That's just the way it is! Your crock's color won't affect your produce in any way.

This one gallon pickling crock has a natural interior, while the three gallon crock has a chocolate-brown interior

This one gallon pickling crock has a natural interior, while the three gallon crock has a chocolate-brown interior

 

Will salt seep through the sides of my crock?

Salt should not seep through your crock. If this is happening, the crock's glaze or walls have been damaged in some way, and it is now time to invest in a new crock.

Also, the denser the clay and more vitrified a crock is, will affect this undesirable occurrence.

Why is the rim of my crock unglazed?

There needs to be a seam between two different colors. This is known as a parting seam. The manufacturer removes the glaze from the rim, because it would just look unattractive. That is, again, how crocks are traditionally made.

What is the difference between pickling crocks and fermentation crocks?

Trick question! These crocks are used for the same things, and really should be named differently. You can pickle and ferment in either an open-top (pickling) crock or a water-seal (fermentation) crock. Let's take a quick look at the Ohio Stoneware crocks.

Three gallon pickling crock vs Three gallon fermentation crock

Here's a side-by-side comparison: on the left is an open-top crock, and on the right, a water-seal crock. They're commonly called a pickling crock (L) and a fermentation crock (R).

Open-top crocks made by Ohio Stoneware are sturdier and denser. This is because of the form that the crocks are made from. Ohio Stoneware presses these crocks in a metal mold with a hydraulic press.

The water-seal crock is a poured form, so it isn't as dense. Also, the handles aren't a functional difference - they are just decorative.

Whether you buy an open-top crock or a water-seal fermentation crock is really just dependent on your personal preferences.

Here's a look at the "moat" in a fermentation crock, or water seal crock.Why does this crock have a "moat" around the opening?

Europeans have traditionally used water-seal crocks in fermenting. Americans typically ferment in open-top crocks. There is generally more attention needed for the water-seal crocks, because you have to make sure that the moat stays full of water.

If the water in the moat evaporates, oxygen and other particles will be able to get into your brine solution. This can cause problems, including slimy and soft pickles, cloudy brine, bloom, or other bacteria growth.

You must also continuously check for bloom, which is the bubbles on top of the weights. You must skim the bloom off the brine every 2-3 days to ensure that your pickles turn out perfectly.

Questions about the Fermentation Process

How do I know when my pickles & fermented foods are ready?

Follow your recipe, or even do some taste-testing. Really, that's OK! Taste-testing helps you know how much longer to ferment or pickle.

Generally, the longer you pickle something, the stronger the taste. Just keep an eye on things.

Can I ever re-use my brine? What about with pickled eggs?

No, you cannot. Even with pickled eggs! It is always best to start at the beginning for the best-tasting and safest pickles.

What types of salt should I use? Are there different salts for different applications?

Use a pickling or canning salt. These salts are cleaner and have no additives, which can affect the quality of your brine and produce. In all of your pickling and canning, use a salt made specifically for these purposes.
Everything you need for making pickles at home - you can find it all at Smith & Edwards!

Do I have to be exact on the amount of salt and produce?

Yes. You need to go-to a good source for the ratio. Follow your recipe.

What temperature do I need to keep my brine?

The ideal temperature range for pickling is between 68° F and 74° F. If you are not in that range, you can run into lots of problems:

If your solution is too hot, this can cause soft and slimy pickles. If your climate is fairly warm, then you need to pay more attention to your pickles. You may need to change out the brine more frequently and there is more "pickle-sitting" involved.

If your solution is too cold, it takes a longer time for the fermentation process to take place. This can mean cloudiness in your brine and a poorer-quality pickle.
You'll be good to go with these pickling crock tips!

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What's next?

The best step is to either start or continue pickling!

Whether you’re a seasoned pickling veteran, or just starting out, we are sure you'll have more questions. Just remember the best resources you have in your pickling adventures.

You can contact your manufacturer for any questions that you have regarding workmanship, materials, and care. Any additional questions you have about pickling and fermenting can be answered by contacting your local Extension office. The Utah State University Extension office is always happy to answer any questions you have about pickling and fermenting and many other types of food preservation and safety as well.

Call the local expert on all things canning and fermenting, Teresa Hunsaker with the USU Extension Service, at 801-399-8200. Or email her at teresa.hunsaker (at) usu.edu.

Remember to stay safe and informed for the best pickles and cleanest crocks in town. Happy pickling!