Editor’s note: John has was on assignment in the Ozarks, and has disappeared. This is a review he did before leaving. We’ll let you know if he turns up.
It’s Scroturday Night again, who’s got the fever!? I do! And this time, it’s not swine flu. As many of you know, I live in Maryland. What is Maryland famous for, food wise? That’s right, blue crabs and the Old bay that goes on them. I figure this week I’ll do a crab post, seeing as us Marylanders all but worship the crusty little bottom feeders. I have with me a bottle of Peppers’ Zesty Blue Crab Salsa. It’s the first crab salsa I’ve had, & I hope it lives up to MD standards!
Diced Tomatoes, Crab Meat, Roasted Chilies, Horseradish, Chili Peppers, Diced Green Bell Peppers, Lime Juice, Worcestershire Sauce (Vinegar, Molasses, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Anchovies, Water, Onion, Salt, Garlic, Tamarind Extract, Cloves, Natural Flavorings, Chili Pepper Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy And Corn Protein) Jalapeno Peppers, A Special Blend Of Herbs And Spices, Salt.
I’d say it has a medium consistency for salsa. It’s not as incredibly thick as some manufacturers, however it is certainly thicker than many of the mainstream manufacturers you would buy salsa from, like Tostitos, which seem to be a lumpy mild sauce. Looking into this jar, I can see stringy crab meat and diced bell peppers inside. I can see additional texture added by the tomatoes. Opening it, I can smell something, something that smells almost like a fruit or tomato juice, but I can’t pick it out. It could possibly be the worcestershire sauce, but I’m not here to diagnose this stuff, I’m here to try it!
I am really impressed. This salsa has a nice gentle tingle to it, combined with subtle yet bold crab flavor. I happen to think it meets qualifications of Maryland crab people. This jar has earned the ‘Chesapeake’s Finest’ seal on the label. The flavor is exceptional and, combined with the twang of heat from the jalapenos, this sauce is so good I haven’t been able to put it down yet. On the fire scale, it’s at the upper end of mild, so I am going to round it up to a medium. In the flavor category, I can’t not give this sauce a notable rating.