Monday, November 14, 2011

Saucy Mama Product Review

Headquartered in the one of the Top 10 True Western towns, Pendleton, Oregon, Barhyte Specialty Foods thrives as a small family company doing what they do best: creating some of the most delicious mustards, marinades, wing sauces, and other gourmet condiments and never settling for anything less than the best.

Barhyte has a large and loyal following throughout the U.S. and Canada. Customers love their unique flavors and the way they enhance foods without overpowering them. They know they can trust mom “Saucy Mama” to use the finest, freshest ingredients and leave out all those additives and fillers with names you can’t pronounce.

I had the opportunity to try out some of the Saucy Mama products lately, which was a lot of fun, because I love mustard and am pretty picky when it comes to salad dressings. Apart from the olives, which I tried only as martini garnishes, both the mustard and salad dressing paired well with a variety of wines, neither overpowering them nor being overpowered. Nicely balanced products.

Saucy Mama's® Apricot Ginger Mustard ($5.00)

The new Apricot Ginger mustard makes a beautiful accompaniment to chicken and pork, and adds spectacular flavor for a brie-en-croute glaze. Spread it on a sandwich or use as a dip for a warm pretzel. It has a delicious combination of sweet apricot and a kick of fresh ginger. Gluten Free.
  • This was a really delicious mustard - as someone who likes very simple mustard, it was neat to find out that adding an ingredient might not be so bad. That being said, it was a bit too evenly balanced between the sweetness of the apricot flavor and the resulting lack of mustard bite. If you like your mustard a bit spicier, this probably isn't for you. However, if most mustard have too much kick for you or you are interested in a less traditional mustard, this is a great option.

Saucy Mama® Garlic Stuffed Olives ($6.00)

Delicious in your martini or popped in your mouth! Saucy Mama's® imported, hand-stuffed olives are a treat from her to you. Gluten Free.
  • I personally am not a fan of olives, never have been and never will (but I love olive oil, ironic, huh?). However, I know that my wife Laima (the ever gorgeous writer of Women’s Endurance Gear fame) really likes them. I kind of like the added flavor they give martinis, so we decided to get some to try and have martinis, which we rarely do. Win-win. Here's what she thought:
    • "Can't think of a better way to taste test Saucy Mama's Garlic Stuffed Olives than in a dirty martini! They complete the drink beautifully. These olives are delicious and have a firm texture. The garlic pieces inside each olive add a nice crunch and flavor without being overpowering. Kovas does not like olives, so when he was finished drinking his martini - I got double the olives - bummer for him, bonus for me (my favorite part of the drink!). The Saucy Mama Garlic Stuffed Olives are great for martinis or just popping in your mouth!"

Saucy Mama's® Sesame Ginger Dressing ($6.00)

Saucy Mama® brings you a taste of the east, perfect for a chicken salad.

Not having eaten meat in a while, can't testify to its appropriateness on chicken salad, but I will say that this is my new favorite dressing, especially with kale, which seems to benefit the most from its pan-Asian flavor. That flavor is perfectly balanced, without going overboard towards a one-dimensional result. This dressing really changed dependent on what it was poured over (including pasta), which is a nice bonus.

Saucy Mama is a highly recommended company for clean, natural products - they can be liked on Facebook and purchased at


Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of This Just In PR & Marketing. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give the book a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.

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