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Mrs. Wages® Products

Whether you’re looking for good old-fashioned secret weapons for canning fresh produce, or you’re more of a get-it-done-quick kind of home cook, we’ve got exactly what you need to get fresh produce to the table in a most delicious way.

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Did you know?

Many of our products are free from artificial flavors so you can feel good about serving them to your family and friends.

Recipes

Endless Possibilities

Need some recipe ideas to use up those pickles you put up last summer? Ready for some new ideas for those canned tomatoes? Not only does Mrs. Wages® help you preserve summer’s bounty, we can help you find fresh ways to use them!

Pickle cornbread recipe 40-45 Minutes | 12 Muffins

Kosher dill pickle cornbread muffins with pickle butter

A sweet cornbread muffin with tangy Mrs. Wages® kosher dill pickle pieces, with a dill pickle flavored butter. This recipes is truly for pickle fans!

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salsa breakfast recipe 30 Minutes | 1 Braid

Salsa breakfast braid

A puffy pastry makes a delicious and impressive sweet treat for breakfast or as an appetizer.

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Chicken parmesean recipe 40 Minutes | Serves 4

Chicken parmesan pasta skillet

All the flavors of the classic dish, in an extra cheesy pasta skillet with your homemade pasta sauce.

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Celebrating Our Anniversary

Making You Look Good in the Kitchen
for Over 70 Years.
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Take a look back at the milestones that have preserved Mrs. Wages® reputation as your trusted partner in the kitchen. We are proud of our high standards of quality that have truly stood the test of time.

1950

It all started with a feisty lady named Mrs. Wages who loved to put up food from her garden. She and her husband had a country store near Tupelo, Mississippi, way back in the early ‘50s that was a gathering spot for local farmers.

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1960

A friend, Mr. Erskin Dacus of Dacus Drug Co., dropped by the store to inquire about a pickling lime recipe to add to a line of home canning products he was developing. Customers overheard the conversation and recommended Mrs. Wages’ recipe. Mr. Dacus tried her recipe and the rest is history! He bought her recipe on the spot and it became an instant hit.

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1970

MID 1970's

Mrs. Wages® includes original pickle mixes (spices), vinegar, sealing wax, pickling lime, pickling salt, citric acid, fresh fruit preserver, and Home-Jell Fruit Pectin.

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LATE 1970's

Pasta Sauce, Pizza Sauce, and Chili Base are introduced.

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1980

1983

Dacus Foods was incorporated.

1987

Introduced Taco Sauce, Light Fruit Pectin Home-Jell, & Pickle It

LATE
1980s-90s

Salsa Line was introduced

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Vintage Mrs. Wages' Home-Jell box

1990

1995

Precision Foods Inc., acquires Dacus Foods of Tupelo, MS specializing in dry canning and pickling products.

1996

PFI admin moves to St. Louis, MO from Tupelo, MS.

1999

PFI moves admin functions from Tupelo, MS to St. Louis, MO. Tupelo remains open as a production facility.

2000

2003

PFI moves into a new 125,000 square foot facility in Bolingbrook, IL & closes Tupelo, MS facility.

EARLY 2000s

New logo is launched for a full rebrand. Ranch Products were launched.

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2005-2010

Introduced different heat levels for the Salsa line.

2013-2020

New Product Additions: Guacamole, Spicy Pickle Mix, Taco & Fajita Seasoning Mixes, Pepper Jack Queso, Fruit Pie Fillings & Juices, Margarita, Salsa Con Queso, Zesty Potato Topper, 1 Step Kimchi, & 1 Step Coleslaws

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December 19, 2020

Canning Vs. Freezing – What Is The Best Food Preservation Method?

Canning was used to preserve foods before freezers became a standard fixture in every household. Many people still believe that it is the most effective method of conserving food as it retains the nutritional value of the food. But now, many other elements also factor in when measuring the efficiency of both preservation methods.

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