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Fresh (refrig) v jarred Salsa from supermarket

Sarah May 5, 2013 07:13 PM

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

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  1. pagesinthesun RE: Sarah May 5, 2013 07:34 PM

    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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      annagranfors RE: pagesinthesun May 6, 2013 06:37 PM

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

      Pipe up, fellow Herdez fans! :)

    2. juliejulez RE: Sarah May 5, 2013 07:39 PM

      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. http://www.sbsalsa.com/indexprod.html

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        GH1618 RE: juliejulez May 5, 2013 08:03 PM

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


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          juliejulez RE: GH1618 May 5, 2013 08:47 PM

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

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          GH1618 RE: juliejulez May 5, 2013 08:06 PM

          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. jw615 RE: Sarah May 5, 2013 08:05 PM

          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.

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            acgold7 RE: Sarah May 5, 2013 10:23 PM

            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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              eLizard RE: acgold7 May 6, 2013 12:01 PM

              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.

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                seamunky RE: eLizard May 7, 2013 02:17 PM

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

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              OhioHound RE: Sarah May 5, 2013 11:55 PM

              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!

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                Harters RE: Sarah May 6, 2013 05:41 AM

                Always the fridged one, if I'm not making my own.

                1. fldhkybnva RE: Sarah May 6, 2013 03:45 PM

                  I prefer the jar for tacos as I find the fresh refrigerated pico de gallo style salsa to be too watery for this purpose although I usually make a taco salad so perhaps that's the issue rather than it just being on top of tacos. I love the fresh salsa for dipping purposes. My favorite recently is the Whole Foods brand Cantina style salsa.

                  1. annagranfors RE: Sarah May 6, 2013 06:35 PM

                    Just because someone's going to mention it sooner or later, Herdez Salsa Casera. I prefer the hot version, but YMMV. (And it's not really super-forehead-sweating-hot, just hot enough.)

                    I just went to the Herdez homepage for the first time, and found a bunch of other varieties that I wish my local Vons would carry...they make a salsa taquera (like the salsa they put on tacos) that I'd love to try.

                    1. coney with everything RE: Sarah May 7, 2013 04:57 AM

                      I like Garden Fresh the best for everything, especially when I make a Costco run and the big container can be had for $5

                      But there's an emergency container of Herdez in my pantry.

                      1. foodieX2 RE: Sarah May 7, 2013 09:21 AM

                        Depends what store I am in. In WF I prefer the refrigerated kind as the tomatoes always look fresh and they make theirs spicy but occasionally I will buy jarred. At Hannaford’s (big box grocery) the refrigerated kind always looks watery and anemic. No idea if its spicy as I have never been tempted to buy it. Stop and Shop (big box grocery) can go either way. There two local specialty places where I always buy fresh. However come summer, once the tomatoes come in, I always make my own!

                        1. melpy RE: Sarah May 7, 2013 11:27 AM

                          I like both but it depends on what I am eating. I will cook with jarred. I use fresh more for eating straight. I also make my own fresh, never cooked because I prefer the bright flavors

                          1. bagelman01 RE: Sarah May 7, 2013 03:11 PM

                            I won't eat the fresh/refrigerated salsa from the supermarket or made at home or in a restaurant.

                            I don't like/eat fresh tomatoes, ketchup or tomato juice. I do like/eat tomato sauce, soup or stewed tomatoes.

                            I am not a fan of hot/spicy food but have found 2 jarred salsas I love:
                            Ortega Mexican style with beans MILD. I used to like the Ortega mild, but they changed the recipe and it's too much jalapeno for me. The one with the beans is mild and I can eat an entire jar with chips.
                            Price Rite (a lower price chain owned by Shop-Rite) private label Mild. Dirt cheap at $1.99 for a double size jar. The Shop Rite provate label mild is not the same and it's too spicy for me.

                            For cooking, I use the Gold's Brand medium salsa for my Mex Necks and Balls......
                            chicken necks and beef meatballs baked in a pyrex dish drowned in the salsa....50 minutes at 350 F.............

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