My entire household is made up of food critics! I am sort of kidding, but even my 6 year old son gets in on taste testing for the blog or trying out new recipes for family events. We all grew excited when I learned about Stonewall Kitchen at the NYC Summer Fancy Food Fest and all of they had to offer home and professional chefs!
The owners of Stonewall Kitchen got their start back in the early 90s at a local farmer’s market, trying to raise $200 to pay off bills. Both Jonathan King and Jim Stott had no idea that their Saturday morning venture would become the internationally known name that it is today. They started with making jams and jellies and went on to include whatever was locally and seasonally available like pesto sauce, vinegar, baked goods and more!
They currently have 11 stores on the East Coast, but they also have their products available online and they ship to over 40 countries! Their main headquarters, which include a large retail store and their corporate offices, are in York, Maine, on a sprawling 60,000 acre campus which also includes their cooking school. The cooking school also offers demonstrations, hands-on classes as well as hosts private parties and events!
Stonewall Kitchen offers a variety of specialty food products, ranging from baking goods and sauces to flavored oils, drink mixes and honey. They make every effort to be all natural, as defined by the list maintained by Whole Foods. Most of their items are also non-GMO, gluten-free and/or organic. I also like that they offer low or no sugar added products for those of us watching our sugar intake.
I was provided a few of their products to taste and use at home, here are my thoughts about a few of them.
- Wild Maine Blueberry Jam: This isn’t just for toast! In my house, it’s been added instead of syrup on pancakes and waffles, mixed into muffin batter, and even in a few sauces. It’s full of blueberries and a hint of lemon, which is a great balance of sweet with a little tart.
- Farmhouse Ketchup: I never realized that not all ketchup tastes the same. This is a terrific “basic” ketchup without trying to be fancy. A deep tomato base with spices, a little sugar and some tang from vinegar. Not only has it been a hit on hamburgers and hot dogs, but also in my meatloaf recipe!
- Sea Salt Caramel Sauce: An awesome combination of sweet and salty! This is perfect straight from the jar, but warmed and drizzled over ice cream, brownies or a piece of cake, and it’s just heavenly. I personally like the sea salt that’s been added, it enhances the sweet without forcing it too far into the sweet or salty balance.
Want to try some delicious Stonewall Kitchen products for yourself? Be sure to enter here for your chance to win an amazing Stonewall Kitchen Prize Pack!
Disclosure:I participated in the Mom Blog Tour at the Summer Fancy Food Show on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers and received Stonewall Kitchen products to facilitate my review.