Emeril's Gourmet Produce & other Emeril's products?
I'm in Raley's today and there are these interesting round Mediterrean eggplants, so I pick one up and there's a big old label on it with Emeril's face staring at me. Across the aisle are heirloom tomatoes with the Emeril's desiger label.
I've pretty much ignored all the bottled products, lettuce, herbs, and, IIRC, sausage or something like that. I just kind of assumed all it was was a way to cash in on a celebrity name.
Is there anything in the product line that is exceptional?
I don't know why I'm bothered by a fresh eggplant with a name attached to it. I have no problem with Del Monte pineapples. I'm just not sure I want every apple, orange, pepper, etc with someone's name on it.
Anyway, any good?
The produce seems to be a partnership with a company called Pride of San Juan located in Holister, California.
Kind of an interesting article about Emeril when he was named 2004 Executive of they year by R&I. There's a mention about the plans for marketing heirloom tomatoes.
I tried a couple of the bottled sauces/dressings - I thought they were awful.
The packaged salads were good. Very fresh, and a nice mix of greens. I didn't buy them because of the name - I bought them because they looked like decent lettuce.
I do like his dry seasonings. They are particularly good for seasoning homemade croutons. I prefer the original flavor.
The ingredients are a combination of spices I use frequently but already put together in a ratio which works well for me. It's just a convience item - a no brainer for those times I don't want to start measuring out a bunch of other things. I had a bunch of coupons so I paid next to nothing for the 2 I have. The southwestern makes a nice rub for pork loin and again, the original is good for a myriad of general uses - the croutons mentioned above being my favorite. It's got a bit of a kick to it, which we enjoy.
But yes, salt is high on the list. I just use it in moderation - it's pretty flavorful so a little goes a long way.
Emeril's heirloom tomatoes are not bad at all. Comparable to what I was getting at Whole Foods. The best thing about them is that they are in a supermarket in my little town of 100,000 out in the middle of nowhere.
Like the ones at WF, Emeril's are shipped before fully ripened so I buy several at once, some ready for dinner that night, some for a few days down the road.
Previously, I had purchased his romanita tomatoes and found them nothing special.
But if Emeril can get me real heirlooms out here in the desert, then it's OK with me if he takes it up a notch and bams all over television.
The Emeril gourmet sausages are healthier (nutritional data) than most other brands of sausages in our local grocery stores. They don't taste as good as say Adelle's but they're ok.
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