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May 5, 2013 07:13 PM

Fresh (refrig) v jarred Salsa from supermarket

When to use which? I like both -- just wondering...

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  1. I prefer the fresh refrigerated salsa (a local brand) OR the little cans of Herdez. For some reason, I find that the jarred Herdez tastes like a different salsa all together. All that said, I grew up on Pace!

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    1. re: pagesinthesun

      ...oops! I missed your post, pagesinthe sun!

      Pipe up, fellow Herdez fans! :)

    2. I always buy the refrigerated kind. I buy a brand called "Santa Barbara", and like their salsa taqueras, which are smooth salsas on the hotter side, but their pico de gallo is good too.

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      1. re: juliejulez

        These "Santa Clara" salsas used to be labelled "Santa Barbara," but they seem to have been spun off:

        1. re: GH1618

          Oh looks like... the logo is pretty much the same. I think the Santa Barbara one at least is owned by Sabra now.

        2. re: juliejulez

          I use fresh medium salsa for dipping, and I also use it (drained) to add to avacado for guacamole.

          I use Santa Clara jarred salsa for cooking certain things.

          Oops. This was for the original poster.

        3. I bought the refrigerated kind just last night - two varieties.

          Now granted I'm allergic to tomatoes, so I can't eat either.

          But I served it at a family gathering today. My homemade guac was killed, my homemade corn salsa was mostly gone, and even my 'trashy' cheese dip (I couldn't find the ingredients I wanted, so I went with at the last minute.) was gone.

          Salsa - barely touched.

          1. I know this makes me a heathen, but I prefer the jarred type, and I'm partial to La Victoria Salsa Ranchera. I like the cooked texture and find it sticks better to chips when dipping. I also add it to guac and cook with it.

            I find the fresh refrigerated kind too watery and runny and I never like the flavor. And if you drain it, it's just a chopped salad. No thanks. Also, it spoils too quickly.

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            1. re: acgold7

              i prefer refridgerator fresh salsa only when i make it. otherwise it tastes to citric acidy for me. if it's store bought, i'm a jar girl.

              1. re: eLizard

                I know exactly what you mean! That's not lime juice that's burning my stomach!

            2. I prefer fresh when using as a taco topper as I find jarred too heavy in that case.
              But I prefer jarred Tostitos Chunky Salsa as a chip dipper or spread on cheese omelets!