Phil's Food Reviews

Product Hits & Misses for December 11th, 2013

Which of these 5 products scored 94?

  • Cinco Jotas 100% Pure Iberico Breed Acorn Fed Pork Shoulder Cured Ham
  • Scrumptious Pantry Heirloom Paw Paw Flavor Fruit Curd 
  • Matlaw's Crunchy Panko Breaded Fish Squares
  • Pacific Organic Reduced Sodium Vegetable Lentil & Roasted Red Pepper Soup 
  • Rize Natural Energy Lightly Carbonated Beverage Citrus/ Mango

 

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SCORE

75

RIZE : Performance Drink
Citrus/Mango

TASTE

23 / 30

VALUE

14 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

11 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

4 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

75 / 100
 
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Here's another energy beverage and while this one tastes better than Red Bull it still has a distinctive flavor. Ingredients include niacinamide, vitamins B6 and B12, as well as a long list of others, so read the label carefully before you drink. What I'd like to see is the amount per can of some of the proprietary blend ingredients like caffeine, ginko and ginseng. The good news is that it contains no artificial flavors or colors. 80 calories per can with 12 grams of sugars.

$2.49   8.4 fl oz (250 mL)

Krier Foods
920.994.2469
www.krierfoods.com

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RIZE : Performance Drink
SCORE

80

Cinco Jotas : 100% Pure Hand Carved Pata Negra Iberico de Bellota Ham
Cured Meats

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

12 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

13 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

80 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sugar
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free

Here's an alternative to prosciutto. Cut like thin strips of bacon, this very tasty and not salty ham has a great flavor. The meat itself has just a little bit of fat, the texture is a little more chewy than your typical ham and is fully cooked and ready to eat. I can see putting it on a plate by itself as an hors d'oeuvres or rolling it up and stuffing with vegetables or fruit or even with scrambled eggs. However you might want to keep it for just for special occasions when you serve caviar....as this 1 1/2 ounce package retails for $22.50. The equivalent of $240 per pound.

$22.50   1.5 oz

Osborne
855.368.6603
www.cincojotas.com

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Cinco Jotas : 100% Pure Hand Carved Pata Negra Iberico de Bellota Ham
SCORE

86

Matlaw's : Crunchy Fish Squares
Panko Crusted

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

26 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

86 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sugar
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free

Forget about fish sticks, now we have fish squares. Seriously. All kidding aside this is perfect to put on a hamburger bun and make your own fish sandwich. Breaded with panko breadcrumbs it is a nice crunch and doesn't taste oily or fishy. Made from pollock filets it has a nice, flaky texture. Each square is 180 calories, 7 grams of fat and 12 grams of protein. 10 squares to a package.

$9.99   2 lbs

National Fish & Seafood
www.nationalfish.com/matlaws.cfm

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Matlaw's : Crunchy Fish Squares
SCORE

86

Scrumptious Pantry: Heirloom Fruit Curd
Paw Paw

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

26 / 30

VALUE

15 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

86 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian

Fruit curds are popular in Britain. Paw paw tastes like a combination of mango, banana and passion fruit and a hint of lemon. How would you use this? Usually on breakfast type foods like pancakes, waffles or scones. Two tablespoons are a whopping 6 grams of fat and 10 grams of sugars. The recipe contains sugar, the pulp of paw paw, butter, egg yolk, water and lemon juice. It is very tasty, but because of the nutritional profile my recommendation is to use it sparingly.

$8.99   7 oz

Faithful to Foods, Inc
301.979.9751
scrumptiouspantry.com

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Scrumptious Pantry: Heirloom Fruit Curd
SCORE

94

Pacific Foods: Vegetable Soup
Lentil & Roasted Red Pepper

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

4 / 5

TOTAL

94 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • Good Source of Protein
  • No or Low Fat
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Whoever said reduced sodium soups do not taste good never tasted this one. The flavor of all the vegetables and all the spices comes through loud and clear. What I also like is the texture of all the vegetables. This is perfect for a mid afternoon healthy snack or with lunch or dinner. 8 grams of protein, 150 calories and about half the sodium of a typical soup in one cup, which is about half the package. It also contains 7 grams of fiber.

$3.69   17.6 oz

Pacific Foods
www.pacificfoods.com

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Pacific Foods: Vegetable Soup
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