Saso Roasted Red Pepper Chipotle Sauce
I picked this sauce up at the local Central Market here in Houston the other day. I should have known when purchasing it that it was going to have problems – in the store I tried to shake the bottle up and nothing moved. It was like the sauce was cemented in place. Unfortunately that was the case with all of the bottles on the shelf, so I took the risk and brought one home.
In the bottle, the sauce looks great. The tomato puree gives the sauce it’s smooth appearance and the color definitely reflects it’s “roasted” name. But like a lot of things in pretty packages, once you open it up – that’s when things start to go south. The sauce needed to be stirred with a chopstick, shaken with a paint shaker (not really – but that’s what it felt like) and coaxed out of the bottle before I could get anything out of it. But that was 1/2 way to be expected.
Saso’s Roasted Red Pepper Sauce is chunky without being overly so. The smell reminds me of a sweet tomato sauce. Once I got it out of the bottle, my hopes increased. It looks and smells delicious.
I tested the sauce on some homemade Beef & Pork Poblano tamales – the perfect Saturday afternoon food.
Yep – yech. The noise of “this sauce tastes like it’s been on the shelf for ages”. As much as I tried and tried to stir it, heat it up and even let it breathe – this sauce could not recover from it’s age. Unlike a fine wine this is not one that should stand around for long. I wanted to love it – the ingredients sound delicious and the packaging is refined – but sadly, this bottle is going straight to the trash.
But this one bad bottle won’t put me off their sauces – any company that creates at “SPECIAL EDITION Chile Pequin Hot Sauce” (sadly sold out) – needs to be tried again. And I’ll be watching to see when the Pequin xtra hot sauce makes a come back – it’s not often that you see sauces like that.