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Review – Rick’s Picks hotties

Pickles are a generally unchanging side snack from the ages, you have a small trio that generally cater to fans, the sweet, the savory and the sour. Today though we get some heat in there, the Sriracha hotties from Rick’s Picks, these pickles pack a sting and a slow burn as you snack through them thanks to the Habanero powder in the brine. While that might sound a bit crazy, it’s not as the flavor is smooth, refreshing and then after you swallow it you realize that eating a batch of them at once was likely a bad idea.

Nutritional information:

Serv. Size: 1 oz (28g), Servings: about 12, Amount Per Serving: Calories 10, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Sodium 105mg (4% DV), Total Carb. 2g (1%DV), Protein 0g, Vitamin C (2% DV), Calcium (10% DV). Not a significant source of Fat Cal., Sat. Fat, Trans Fat, Cholest., Fiber, Sugars, Vitamin A or Iron. Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Ingredients:

cucumbers, vinegar, water, sriracha* (red chili, sugar, salt, garlic, fish extract, lactic acid/e270, acetic acid/e260, antioxidant (ascorbic acid/e300), garlic, chili powder, Habanero powder, calcium chloride (a natural mineral to enhance crispness).

The 24 oz. jar packs crinkle cut pickles long brewed in this mix, we broke out half the jar for testing and gave it a go. The biggest thing we noticed is that while one might expect Habanero powder to overwhelm, it really doesn’t hit as hard as one would imagine, it’s a clean flavor with a low burn that would easily match up with a Santa Fe style burger to give it some kick. The pickling itself doesn’t pack a hard after-taste of vinegar and it holds off from any sudden bite, even when mixed the heat rolls on with anything it’s paired to. The pickles themselves were a mix for our experience, some pieces softer with a crunchy skin while others have a crisper bite to them. Given they’re locally grown you’re bound to get some shifts in the consistency but the goodness is still there.

 

While there is worry about the hotties being a one hit wonder, the flavor is appealing to put on relatively anything, they blend with cheeses, crackers and regular food with ease. Even intermediate seekers of hotness will find this as a suitable daily eater unless they plow through the whole jar and they act as a conversation piece with friends over their concentrated hotness. The other thing that did stand out is the heat does intensify for damage when eaten on an empty stomach, in fact the hotties kick their feet up on the table and stay a little while so watch out. Depending on your batch or if you’re shaking them as well to keep the powder on the pickles your results will vary, out of the jar after sitting they were mild but with a bite, after shaking the jar up after our taste session it made the heat go up quite a few notches.

Overall the batch was a refreshing change, the flavor and crispness were unique as a shift, the spice isn’t too bold and it blends in without changing the flavor of everything else too much. If you’re a fan of hot foods and want to venture into something to expand your realm we do suggest considering putting a jar of these in your fridge. If this is new ground for you, it’s still worth it if you can stand above average heat in your food.

If you’re curious about what else Rick’s Picks sells I suggest checking out their site, if you want to know more about the history of Rick’s Picks I would say check out their handy FAQ telling all about the company.

Price: $7.99 – Order page

Review team: Vee, Franks!, Tech2k

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New Mexico State creates 2,000,000+ Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

Today is a fire pepper spree for some reason. Digging deeper into the void we have news of a new king in town, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper has been uncovered to reach Scoville units exceeding 2 million. The previous king is no slouch breaching the 1 million barrier but this new breed seems to pack a punch unlike any other with a problematic side effect of actually being tasty on top of painfully hot.

Getting your own peppers figured out wont be that easy as the AP notes:

During harvesting, senior research specialist Danise Coon said she and the two students who were picking the peppers went through about four pairs of latex gloves.

“The capsaicin kept penetrating the latex and soaking into the skin on our hands. That has never happened to me before,” she said.

The seeds are already in high demand which means securing your own plants might be a little difficult and time to reach the market integrated into products will be limited as well. In the meantime if you’re hooked into the chili market you might be able to score your own brain strain peppers as many have on Youtube already using google and keywords like brain strain or 7 pot to get a match.

The end of 2012 should be an interesting time for chili products if you’re a fan, if not then just watch out because you might find friends slipping fire sauce into your dish.

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Master of Malt introduces Naga Chili Vodka

We’ve reviewed the infamous Naga Jolokia from Melinda’s and we’ve been tempted by the ThinkGeek atomic fireballs fueled by Naga peppers. Today though the team at Bamfas stumbles upon our next possible adventure. Naga based Vodka by Master of Malt, while not cranking out 100,000 Scoville units this is pretty much a promise that it’ll decimate your taste buds and hang out for the after party.

Given personal experience with the Naga it’s easy to say that it burns through and through, if it touches your skin, enjoy the irritation and if it gets anywhere else one can only wish you luck on survival.

They recently got the malt on TV to sample and the hosts were… well they won’t forget that Vodka anytime soon. You can order your own bottle here, in the meantime we’ll work on trying to secure at least a sample of it for a possible Naga Showdown.

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Bamfas deals of the week – Valentine’s day gift idea fails

This weeks deals are designed to make sure your Valentine’s day ends extremely poorly. Eveyone knows the Vday drill, stuffed animal, chocolate and romantic dinner. Think of this a guide to what not to do, unless you honestly hate “business time.” Love is a battlefield but you should avoid some of these bombs bombs from [Stupid.com]

 

 

Adorable stuffed animal(?) deal of the week

Stuffed Herpes

Everyone gives a stuffed bear and calls it a day. Why not go big? How big? About 1,000,000X the actual size of the virus. If only the actual virus were this charming.

Deal details: 70% off right now for $2.99 on [Stupid]

 

 

Chocolate I want to be single deal of the week
Chocolate poop

Nothing says I love you like a pile of poop. While I’m sure it tastes better than real thing, good luck trying to get your date to eat it.

Deal details: 60% off right now for $4.99 on [Stupid]

 

 

The last meal together deal of the week
Soup for sluts noodles

Light the candles, pour some bubbly and serve some slut soup. Sounds like a fool proof plan. While these may look like ramen noodles… they are actually slutty ramen. Not sure how that effects the flavor but if your date sticks around after serving this, it was meant to be.

Deal details: $4.99 on [Stupid]

 

 

 

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Review – Tillamook Country Smoker Beef Sticks and Silver Dollar Slices

Tillamook Country Smoker has formed a legend through the Northwest, providing jerky products of all varieties for consumers to savor and enjoy. Today we have two samples of that extensive line, the Silver Dollar Teriyaki beef jerky and the Teriyaki beef sticks.

Silver Dollar beef jerky

The container comes in a small tub, screw on cap with a 4 for $1 sticker on top, packed inside are 80 pieces of round cut jerky ready for the devouring once you break the air tight metal seal on top. The texture isn’t like many other varieties out there, smooth but not from a heavy grease or wax like film and the smell of the jerky is well pronounced. Taste does have a bit of a smoke to it with the sweetness and basic spices making up the teriyaki marinade, texture is tender allowing for easy bites and easy savoring without it breaking down. Those who prefer an easier to chew variety in controlled portions will no doubt enjoy this product as it tempts anyone to just consume the jar. At $11.51 it’s not a bad deal and if you have a bar or snack counter in your gaming area you can always recoup for your investment by taking their suggestion of 4 for $1 as it would allow for close to 2 jars after paid off.

Personally it’s handy to have as opposed to sheets of jerky that can result in irregular sizes pulled by my hand or others that want a snack. You get a sense of what you’re consuming when you pull 4-5 pieces out vs ripping half a sheet. For those looking to budget their diets it’s a good alternative.

Beef sticks 

Always a classic for anyone, from pepperoni sticks to Slim Jim’s the beef stick is one of the more common delights out there. Tillamook has their own take on the treat, attacking common areas like oily tastes, saltyness and a lack of flavor penetration. The 21 count jar of sticks in teriyaki form comes dry of excess oils and filled with a scent of goodness, on top of that, the sticks come in a separately sealed bag inside the jar.

Taste is faint at first, the thicker casing adds a slight snap to each bite but soon you build the flavor up as you get past the ends of the stick. If compared to the silver dollar slices it’s not as prominent of a flavor but it’s still enjoyable, once you breach the casing the meat is tender and flavorful without much smoke to it, overall a satisfying snack to work on while writing this very section of the article. At 21 pieces it could very well carry one almost a month just in casual snacking each day.

Wrapping up, it’s hard to knock Tillamook Country Smoker on the samples. The silver dollar pieces are downright addicting to have especially in this volume, the beef sticks are a solid alternative when your craving exceeds a few pieces of those dollars. One only has to wonder what else rests in store given that TCS also makes beef nuggets, sheets of beef in traditional form, sausage, jerky chew and more.

Catch their site for the full choice of goods, unfortunately it’s a bit hard to find their stuff in-store, usually you can only keep an eye out at gas stations for the 3-4 space boxes of slab jerky or the tall tubes with beef sticks. Honestly I’ve never run across the Silver Dollar jerky in person until now but it’s very good especially if you just need a quick few for the road. Most of their prices are always on discount and there are many shipping options, I do suggest the slight upgrade for priority mail though if you want it fast or UPS ground if you want to cyber-stalk your order to your door.

Also, if you have family or friends in active duty that you want to get hooked as well, check out their care package that ships over there. Tillamook Country Smoker seems to know no bounds for shipping around this world.

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Review – Melinda’s Naga Jolokia Sauce

Product: Melinda’s® Naga Jolokia Habanero Pepper Sauce
Manufacturer: Melinda’s
Price: $7.49
Website: Melinda’s

Some people love finding the next frontier of heat, others just want to find out what it’s like to have fire poured through their insides while their body can still handle it. The Naga Jolokia is a pepper that fits in for both of these groups, shooting well over the 1,000,000 scovillle unit mark when tested, this is the pepper to end all peppers right now.

Coming into this test, I was used to cooking and using a large variety of peppers from my garden including thai and a variety of habanero varieties. Unfortunately, none of them could really prepare me for what was to come, this sauce really is fire in a bottle. Upon opening the Naga Jolokia sauce you get a whiff of the potency, for some it may bring a cough when the scent hits the air. The initial test from the bottle was a few dashes into a small ceramic bowl, after that point everything else was just legend.

Using breaded chicken tenders to test on, it was an experience, the first notes are sweet from the sauce pushing the papaya and passion fruit forward with even a note of the carrot. As soon as a couple of seconds pass, this entirely dies and the Naga comes in and keeps burning all the way down. Unlike other peppers or sauces, this doesn’t exactly calm down when doused, instead it burns every single part that it touches, your skin, your lips, your tongue and everything else. It’s a bit of magic really, keep in mind this was a light dip. When you engage the Naga Jolokia further you get the stronger notes of the chili coming forward, with a half dip the intensity takes less and less time until you feel as if you’re overheating.

Is the Naga Jolokia sauce from Melinda’s for you? Maybe, if you think eating a raw habanero is the most extreme thing ever I can say this will floor you to the point of begging for mercy. If you think that and the Red Savina is a good starter for a meal, then this should get your senses going. I say if your stomach is up for a journey as is the lower half of your body, the Naga Jolokia sauce is probably the most accessible way to get your burn on. You’ve probably seen the Man Vs. Food clips and often those challenges aren’t very close for most of us, this saves the trouble of booking a plane and packing your bags.

If you’re an avid shopper of Marshall’s and other stores like it, you can usually score the sauce for $2.99 – 3.99 as well, stock up on those when you can, generally they don’t stick around.

Tutti Frutti

I don’t like to think of myself as a yogurt fiend, but I really can’t help but dive into a good cup when it comes around, this past month I got a local taste of the franchise Tutti Frutti and I have to say it was quite a refreshing trip.

The yogurt bar features a huge assortment of flavors to self serve, on top of that they have fresh fruit toppings and a variety of candies or cereals to throw on as well. Unfortunately I have no idea when I’ll find my favorite flavor as they’re pushing well over 10 unique selections all with their own great taste, right now I’ve worked through their orange cream, french vanilla, strawberry shortcake, death by chocolate, banana pudding, blueberry, strawberry banana and original and have yet to find something I didn’t like.

The flavors are impressive, the yogurt is sweet and rich when it needs to be, the result is that you get exactly what you’re aiming for and that’s absolutely amazing to have when you mix up some chocolate, banana and vanilla all in a nice bowl during a nice hot day and top it with some mochi. The better part so far is that the yogurt is consistent, it doesn’t come out watery or under-chilled, some places struggle to keep on top of that and instead deliver soup instead of an cool treat.

The company seems to have locations all over the place, the one that sprung up for us took over a doomed Carvel and Cinnabon franchise and hopefully it sticks around a lot longer because the other options aren’t nearly as impressive or close.

Also lots of thanks to the neighborhood store in Corona for their great discount coupons :D makes it even moreawesome to be able to go up and get about 16oz of yogurt for about $5.

Check out their website and see if one is near you, it would be great to find out all the potential flavors around given that they don’t have all of them on their website.

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http://www.tfyogurt.com

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