Posts Tagged ‘Seasoned’

oldsalties

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Product Information:

Named best bakery in NYC by Time Out New York in 2013, this creative kitchen explores culinary traditions with a twist. These ‘Old Salties’ are the perfect beer nut to snack on during the game; they’re roasted in bacon fat, tossed with Worcestershire sauce and coated in Old Bay Seasoning.

I received a pouch of Old Salties Peanuts in my November Knoshbox.

Tea Suggestion:

These peanuts are very zesty and you’ll want to have a tall glass of iced tea nearby when you start munching on them.   Might I suggest some yummy Butter Beer flavored Iced Tea from Southern Boy Teas?  The sweetness of the tea contrasts nicely with the spice of the peanuts.

What I Think:

I’ve been wanting to try these well-spiced peanuts for a while now.  I don’t recall off-hand where it was I had heard about them, I think it may have been in one of the Foodzie boxes that I didn’t receive (remember the last few months of Foodzie when we could choose our box?  My mind keeps going back to the “Brooklyn” box that I turned down in lieu of receiving the Earth Day Box.  (I could be wrong, but, I think these were featured in the Brooklyn Box.)  It was this product that was luring me toward choosing the Brooklyn Box but ultimately, some of the Earth Day Box products seemed more enticing.

And what was it about these nuts that attracted me?  Well, the BACON part.  The shelled peanuts are first roasted on bacon fat, and then they’re flavored with Worcestershire sauce and Old Bay seasoning.  Old Bay seasoning is one spice that is usually in my cupboard because I love the way it flavors fish, and I also love sprinkling it over my freshly popped popcorn.

There is a generous amount of Old Bay seasoning on these peanuts!  I can taste the pepper and the paprika – these are very strong, well-pronounced flavors.  I can also taste the Worcestershire sauce.  I’m wishing that I could taste more evidence of the bacon fat roasting though.  These are very salty, and if I pop a few of them in my mouth at the same time and sort of let the seasoning move around on my palate, I can taste the bacon-y notes, but, the bacon lover in me wants more bacon!

My Final Thoughts:

Really tasty.  Ovenly does NOT skimp on the spice here.  The spice is strong and bold and it’s got one heck of a kick to it … it leaves my mouth tingling from the spice.  I’m glad I’ve got this iced tea!

blackpepperpistachios

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pistachios, salt, natural black pepper flavors

I received a tray of these pistachios in my November Graze Box.

Tea Suggestion:

I recommend a fruity iced tea to drink while snacking on these flavorful nuts.  I drank some of this Acai Squeeze from Argo Tea – a ready to drink tea?  Yes!  The tart, fruity notes offered a really interesting contrast to the peppery kick of the pistachios.

What I Think:

Of the four snacks that I received in this month’s Graze box, this was the snack I was least excited about.  Don’t get me wrong, I love pistachios!  But, I have tried a salt and pepper version of pistachios before and I wasn’t all that excited about it.  I mean … it was alright, but, it wasn’t something that I’d ever buy again, and because we purchased a rather large bag, some of those pistachios ended up wasted because they weren’t as good as I imagined them to be.

???????????????????????????????So … I had my misgivings when I opened the tray of these pistachios.  But these are really tasty, and much better than I remember that previous version of salt and pepper pistachios.

First of all, these aren’t overly salted.  There’s a small amount of salt on these, just enough to bring out the natural flavors of the nut and to enhance the pepper.

Second, the pepper isn’t overdone either.  It’s the perfect amount of pepper.  It is enough so that there is a distinct peppery kick but not so much that I feel like I need to take a sip of tea in between each nut.  Neither seasoning is so overdone that the pistachio is overwhelmed.

My Final Thoughts:

The nut tastes toasty and has a pleasant crunch.  The pepper adds a pleasing contrast to the sweetness of the pistachio.  Not too salty, not too spicy … just the right balance of flavor with this snack.  I like it a lot more than I thought I would.

Where to Buy:  Oren’s Kitchen on Foodzie

Price:  $6.99 for a 4-oz. pouch

Product Information:

Ajwain, a delicious unusual spice reminiscent of fresh cedar, cumin and ghee (clarified butter) are the perfect Indian flavor compliment to the simple pleasure of fine whole cashews.

What I Think:

When I received my September Tasting Box from Foodzie and discovered that these cashews were part of the Tea Time Treats themed box, I was elated!  I found these on Foodzie some time ago, and have wanted to try them ever since, but was a little afraid.  Even though I consider myself to have somewhat of an adventurous palate, I don’t like the idea of spending money on shipping an item to me only to regret it because I didn’t enjoy what I purchased.  That’s one of the reasons I love Foodzie’s Tasting Box … it enables me to try things that might otherwise not have.

And I’m really glad I got to try these because they’re really quite delicious.  Before opening the package, I had read one less-than-satisfied Foodzie customer’s remarks on Foodzie’s Facebook page, complaining about the greasiness of these nuts.  And yes, they are on the oily side (have a napkin close by when you snack on these!) as they are processed with not only olive oil but ghee – and nuts have their own natural oil as well.  But I’m not finding to be too oily, but perhaps that’s because I like the way every flavor (including that of the oil and ghee) comes together on the palate. Or maybe it’s because I always order my popcorn with extra butter.

The cumin, the ajwain (which has woody, resinous sort of flavor that is somewhat reminiscent of rosemary with cedar-ish top notes), the salt, and the sweet nutty flavor of the cashew combined with the olive oil and ghee make for an explosion of contrasting flavors.  It is very savory, but with hints of sweetness in the background.  A little smoky.  Warm with spice.  Salty.  And irresistibly crunchy. YUM!

And when it comes to tea time – these are a delightful snack.  I don’t know that I would serve them at a tea party because as I sad, these are somewhat greasy and you don’t want guests wiping their fingertips on their tea party dress.  But, they’re excellent now, as I sit here on my own, just contemplating the joy of my tea and these cashews.  The tea I chose to enjoy with these cashews is this Wuyi Oolong from the Tao of Tea.  I like the way the smoky tones from the tea and the smoky notes from the cumin enhance each other without one overpowering the other.

My Final Thoughts:

These cashews are deliciously different.  I really like them, and trying them makes me curious to try Oren’s Kitchen’s other offerings … Coconut Chili Macadamia Nuts?  Those are a definite must try!