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Jan 10, 2007 04:21 PM

It's Jarring! Good stuff in jars

We've got threads here for favorite junk foods and favorite foods from a box or can and favorite this or that . . .

but what's YOUR favorite food that comes in a JAR?

For me, the top two are

Jake & Amos Pickled SWEET TINY Beets


Tony Packo's Brittany Tomatoes

I can get the Jake & Amos Beets (make sure they are the sweet baby ones!) at a Dutch store on the way to my mother's. Since that's a once a month trip, I stock up.

I got hooked on Tony Packo's Brittany Tomatoes when a restaurant here in Kansas City (second incarnation of Food For Thought) served them. The owner would order extra jars for me to buy. The restaurant's been closed for years now but about twice a year, I order directly from Tony Packos.



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  1. Wickles Pickles
    Tostidos Monterey Jack Queso Dip
    Various kinds of salsa and bean dips

    6 Replies
    1. re: Janet from Richmond

      Janet - I only discovered the Tostidos Monterey Jack Queso Dip a few weeks ago when I was desperate for dip for Fritos and the convenience store was out of sour cream dips. I was delightfully surprised at how tasty it is and have now gone through several jars. It's good dolloped on scrambled eggs and atop tomato soup, too.

      I've now tried the Tostito Salsa Queso, too, but I don't like it nearly as much as the Monterey Jack version.

      1. re: KCJ

        My stepdaughter introduced it to me last summer. She and her sorority sisters discovered it. Some days I wish I hadn't learned about it....LOL

        1. re: Janet from Richmond

          I *knew* I had a problem with it when last week at my little neighborhood convenience store had just three jars of it on the little rack on the chips shelf. Since it was Friday and I knew they wouldn't get in their next order until the following Wednesday, I bought all three jars. Heaven forbid I should run out! LOL

          1. re: KCJ

            I've been a fan of the Salsa Con Queso for awhile (total guilty pleasure), but sounds like it's time to upgrade to the Jack Queso. Thanks for the tip!

            Also a big fan of Bubby's bread and butter pickles.

            1. re: Newkie

              Newkie - I don't know Bubby's brand but I'm always on the lookout for excellent bread 'n butter pickles for my braunschweiger sandwiches. :)

              1. re: KCJ

                They're so good! Primarily sold in California, but according to their website they can be found elsewhere at stores like Whole Foods and Wild Oats. Check the refrigerated aisles!

    2. Oh, yes, I like the jars of marinated artichoke hearts, too

      1. Ajvar - red pepper and eggplant dip. Trader Joe's has a version. It is shocking weird red and very, very tasty.

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        1. re: Snackish

          I buy Ajvar from my favorite middle eastern deli and mix it with their tangy and very tart plain yogurt. It's divine with toasted pita bread. I would never attempt to make it, it's much easier to just buy a jar.

          1. re: Snackish

            Absolutely. We go through a jar a week.

          2. I love, love, love Italian ventresca (belly) tuna a lot. Tre Tori charges over $30.00 for theirs (and it actually is worth it). But for a somewhat more reasonable ventresca, try this stuff. It's also quite excellent and comes in jars: