Watson Kitchen Local Tampa Product Review

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One of our favorite things about having a food blog is getting stuff in the mail to review.  Some boxes are small, others large.  Some products are good, others not so much. We recently received several samples from a local family run culinary business right here in Tampa.  Watson Kitchen is a small batch bottler of spicy jams, pickled beans and tomato and a signature Creole sauce. We were very impressed with the hand-written note inside their box. 

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Tampa natives Marte Watson and son, Armin, founded Watson Kitchen to offer customers delicious southern products made from the food they ate growing up, showcasing Florida produce. The pair selects quality ingredients from farmers markets with at least 75 percent of all ingredients grown locally. All products are gluten free, non-GMO and handcrafted and bottled in their commercial kitchen in South Tampa.

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The box arrived this week and included a sample of each of their products available on their website. In full disclosure, we were not financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. 

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So what did we think of the Watson Kitchen products?  Here’s my honest review:

Pappy’s Creole Sauce:  A seasoned red tomato sauce with celery onion and peppers looked like typical classic “red gravy” sauce you’d expect to see over shrimp & rice.  But this was nicely packed with flavor. 

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I used chicken instead the final product was fantastic.

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I had a healthy dinner (60 calories per serving) with the great New Orleans flavor.  

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Spicy Dilly Beans: This was my absolute FAVORITE.  I Love pickles and make them at home every summer.  But it never crossed my mind to pickle green beans. 

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Inside the 16 ounce were long cut still crunchy green beans with large sprigs of dill. The spicy heat was there from the jalapeno, but not over powering.

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I ate the majority right out of the jar.  The rest I used in sandwich wraps and swapped out the (boring) lettuce I typically use to add crunch.

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Green Tomato Pickles:  Again, I was very surprised by the crisp crunch of these tangy and sweet green tomato pickles.

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I’m sure they would also be great to add crunch in a sandwich. 

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But unfortunately I ate 100% right out of the jar.  If I had a little restraint, I could see these as a perfect salad topping.

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Strawberry Jalapeno Jam:  Classic strawberry jam – with a jalapeno kick.  But not overpowering.  It’s a typical jam only you get a mild heat afterward. 

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This was my favorite of all the jams. You can even  see the pepper seeds in the jam.

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Blueberry Jalapeno Jam:  Has a hint of citrus as well as heat.

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This made a great breakfast waffle topping.

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Mango Jalapeno Jam:  Spreading it on a cracker you can clearly see the bits of pepper flakes and the large strips of jalapeno.

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Florida mangoes are used in this popular jam.

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Would make a great glaze or paired with cheeses for appetizers.

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Summary:  Watson Kitchen hit every mark on their flavors, especially the jalapeño jams. We were very impressed by the crisp, crunchy tomatoes and the spicy green beans.  Tampa Bay can be proud of this small batch, local culinary business and FoodieFrog will definitely include Watson Kitchen on our “Shop Local” shopping list.

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Watson Kitchen products are available on their website and currently sold in more than a dozen Florida retailers including Duckweed Urban Market, Bayshore Market and Rolling Oats Market.

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