Review – Ajeeka
Recently I happened to hit my favorite grocery store (Hiller’s – a family owned Michigan chain) while a food demo was going on and decided to stop.
It was for Ajeeka – a new condiment item consisting of red peppers and garlic. He had nearly packed up for the day, and so only had one jar and some water crackers out for sampling instead of the full variety of uses that he normally displays, but that was fine. It had a great boost of flavor!
The peppers are very finely processed, almost pureed and the garlic is finely diced but still visible. Both are completely raw so retain all the bright flavors and slight bite that you’d expect; not to mention all the vitamins and health benefits.
It’s great on its own, or added to just about any dish. Their website has some suggested uses/recipes. It is a little on the expensive side at $8 for the jar though at the usual cost of peppers ($3/lb) it probably isn’t too far off if you were to make it yourself. So I wouldn’t buy it every shopping trip, but it would be the “special dish” splurge now and again for sure.
Melanie, I’m glad you liked it. I enjoy doing the demos so much, that I’m always happy to talk to another customer, even when I’m half-packed up! By the way, lots of folks are learning to enjoy just a small little dollop Ajeeka with a variety of cheeses. We’ve tried it with Asiago, for instance. The cheese by itself is good. But when you try it with just a pea-size dollop of Ajeeka, something very interesting happens. The first flavor to hit your mouth is the Ajeeka, but then, the cheese opens up, and you notice flavors from the cheese that weren’t evident when tasting the the cheese by itself! And yes, it’s the cost of making handmade food, with high quality produce that makes Ajeeka the price it is. And I promise you, we’ll never compromise the quality of our products. Bon appetit! George