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Sep 1, 2008 06:15 AM

Stonewall Kitchen specialty foods...

In our recent travels to Maine and down the East Coast we have found Stonewall Kitchen stores selling their condiments and sauces...They're out of York, Maine. I am also finding their line in gourmet stores in the New York area as well. Anyone tried their products? Are they good...what do you recommend?

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  1. Being beguiled by their catalog, I once purchased their pancake mix, which was for sale in our local Food Emporium. I had to throw it out. It had a nasty, chemical aroma and odd sweet malt taste. Once was enough...

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    1. re: roxlet

      We sell a lot of their things in the shop. I do like the Sour Cherry preserves. We do have the pancake mix on the shelf and it does sell. We also have Carbon's Golden Malted waffle and pancake mix at half the price and it is very very good.

    2. Their products are pretty widely available here in the Boston area. I find most of their stuff to be quite good, and some is really outstanding - the roasted garlic onion jam is particularly popular at our house.

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      1. re: FlyFish

        That is my favorite too! It is very versatile.

      2. I purchased a lemon dill sauce which was terrible. Just threw it away last week. Also had a very heavy chemical taste, and I would guarantee the 'lemons' used were not real lemons.

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        1. re: mschow

          Yes, that's what the pancake mix had too -- a heavy chemical taste. Nothing about it tasted real.

          1. re: roxlet

            i've only tried a few of the products, but i'm not a fan. the preserves are too sweet. and though i've never eaten the pancakes, my mother once opened a canister of the mix when i was standing next to her, and when i got a whiff of it there were very strong chemical and artificial sweet-ish malt odors. no thanks.

            however, some of the other products mentioned in this thread - like the roasted garlic mustard & the wasabi horseradish spread- sound appealing...

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I really don't understand the "chemical smell" problem folks seem to have with the pancake mix. I've used this product for years and love it, never noticing any type of "chemical smell" or taste. Now it does smell and taste of malt, which not everyone will like, but I've never noticed any chemical smells or tastes. Actually my pancake hating wife (who never met a pancake she ever liked) will ONLY eat these pancakes (and my brother's home made blueberry pancakes). I do like their non-sweetened fruit spreads (only the blueberry jam isn't too sweet for me), and I've tried a few of the ice cream sauces, preferring the coffe caramel (or something close to that).

              1. re: kimfair1

                i don't know - it could be one of those things where only certain people can pick up on it. i noticed it right away, but my mom looked at me like i was nuts. you know how certain people are "Super tasters" and their taste buds are more sensitive to certain flavor compounds? i've always described myself as a "Super smeller" - i have the nose of a bloodhound. maybe it's something most people can't smell...?

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Could be, or maybe it's the malt that people are perceiving as a chemical smell. I call my wife the sniffer, and she's never noticed it either. Oh well, a mystery wrapped in an enigma for sure! ;~)

        2. been enjoying the roasted garlic mustard for years!
          it's perfectly sweet roasted garlicky even good by the spoon...

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          1. re: Emme

            emme, since i trust your taste i think now have to go out & try that roasted garlic mustard.

            have you ever had Rothschild Farms' Anna Mae's Smoky Mustard? it's insanely good.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              no, is it smoky/hot? or sweet? i'll have to google it now...

              1. re: Emme

                it's not hot at all [i know you don't like spicy]. just that awesome hits-the-back-of-the-tongue tangy smokiness.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  must i order it online or do you know of somewhere in LA that sells it?

                  1. re: Emme

                    crap, i was afraid you were gonna ask me that. i can't remember where i found it in LA. maybe Sur La Table? i'm about 99% sure i've never seen it at Surfas. a lot of places that stock Stonewall Kitchen products also carry Rothschild Farm, so you might want to ask wherever you buy your SK items.

                    i don't know where you are in LA, but they have a store locator on their site, so plug in your zip code to see if you can find anything local...


                    and if you happen to be driving down to SD any time soon, Passionfruit Gourmet on South Coast Hwy in Solana Beach carries it.

                    BTW, i looked for the roasted garlic mustard at WFM the other day - they had a gazillion SK products on the shelf, but no mustard. i did find it on the website for a local kitchen supply store so i'll pop in there one of these days & pick it up.

          2. I've never tried their mixes, but a place I used to work at we demo'd most of their condiments, so I had a chance to try quite a few. Most were delicious. The only less than favorable things I recall was that their chutney was a bit sweeter than I like. Also their steak sauce had a nice flavor, but not one I would want on steak. I remember thinking it would be very nice with pork though...

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            1. re: meatn3

              Their Vidalia Onion Fig Sauce is my favorite on steak and pork, but I like the roasted onion and garlic jam on roast beef too.
              I like their whole grain pancake mix, I've never noticed an odd chemical taste there.
              I also love their wild Maine blueberry preserves.

              1. re: PrincessBakesALot

                I love their wild Maine blueberry preserves on top of a bowl of Farina.