Welcome to my first of many reviews for Peppers And More. My name is Rudy Forsberg and I live in a city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula named Marquette. My love for all things spicy started when my grandfather gave me a piece of a raw Jalapeño when I was six years old. Ever since that day I have been obsessed with concerning myself in learning about all aspects of the community. Be it peppers itself to individuals and sauces. When I’m not doing that I enjoy to read and write as well as study the bass guitar, drums and electric and acoustic guitar. I often tell people that if music were a type of food, I’d be obese.
Salamander Sauce Company, INC. is the creation of a gentleman by the name of Tim Kavarnos who resides in Brooklyn, NY. Tim attended college in Rhode Island and that’s where and when his love for peppers started. Tim tended to a garden with six different types of peppers and he use to make salsas sauces and would dry peppers for chili. In 2001 Tim moved to Brooklyn, NY and worked in various kitchens and he finally settled on a restaurant in Park Slope. Much like all sauce makers, Tim started off as a hobbyist sauce maker and he’d bring his creations to work. It was not long after that when people began to ask Tim to bring more and more sauce to work and it wasn’t long after that, he started his company. Today I will be taking a look at “Strawberry Hot Sauce”
Strawberry, Habanero, Orange Juice, Vinegar, Sugar, Salt..
Aroma and Texture
This sauce has a very simple aroma. A very natural and fresh strawberry aroma is the first thing to greet me. I detect the habanero peppers and the orange juice lends a hand to complement the sweetness from the fruit and the peppers. I don’t pick up any vinegar, sugar or salt. The texture is on the thicker side of life and that bodes just fine with me. The more reviews that I produce, you’ll see that I’m a fan of all consistencies. The sauce totes a beautiful rich red color that’s inviting to me.
Bottle and Label Artwork
This label is simple and direct. There aren’t any gimmicky devils or flames, just simple text and a Salamander. Labels don’t appeal to me because taste is what’s important but this label is sleek.
I waited for the bottle of sauce to cool down in my refrigerator before I tried it. Fresh and natural tasting, the strawberry hits me first with the fruity quality of habanero peppers just barely behind. Orange juice slid down the slide and said hello as well. Very small amount of vinegar is present. Given the simple ingredients, the main focus here is strawberry and this sauce captured the flavor nicely. This sauce is sweet but not in a sugary way (even though sugar is present in the ingredient list) but more natural tasting sweet. This delicate offering will receive an 8.5 out of 10
I always give my take on the heat-o-meter but I have a higher than normal tolerance so I also get a second opinion from a family member who thinks a bell pepper is spicy. All joking aside this one rates a 1 out of 10 for me. My family member tried it and they rated it at a 3.5 out of 10. This sauce isn’t a super hot sauce and I could see it being enjoyed by most.
Much like the fruit; the peach, whenever I hear the word strawberry I think about cream. I thought this would be a good pairing for a turkey wrap with tomato, cream cheese and extra sharp cheddar. This wrap was a fantastic vehicle for this sauce to work it’s voodoo. The fresh and sweet quality of this sauce mended to this wrap nicely. The sweetness complemented the creamed cheese and brought a depth of flavor to the sharpness of the sharp cheddar. Given the right application, a good sauce will only complement a meal and I could see this pairing well with foods that have creamy cheese like brie, cream cheese etc. Now that I’m ramble typing, I could see this being quite good on a brie, pear and ham sandwich
I dig this sauce. It’s simple and to the point and doesn’t try to overdue things. I like sauces that have a lot of things going on but a simple sauce is hard to achieve a flavor profile that isn’t bland or boring. Salamander Sauce Company, INC nailed it with this creation. If you’re looking for a simple fruit based habanero hot sauce then this is has you covered. I thank you all for reading my first review for Peppers And More. I’ll provide a link to where you can find all of Tim’s offerings. Have a lovely day and remember to always stay on the spicy side of life. It’s more fun that way.YOu can find all their product here http://salamandersauce.com/