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.
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.
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.
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.
I used chicken instead the final product was fantastic.
I had a healthy dinner (60 calories per serving) with the great New Orleans flavor.
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.
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.
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.
I’m sure they would also be great to add crunch in a sandwich.
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.
This was my favorite of all the jams. You can even see the pepper seeds in the jam.
This made a great breakfast waffle topping.
Florida mangoes are used in this popular jam.
Would make a great glaze or paired with cheeses for appetizers.
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.