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How To Use Sour Cherry Spread? Let Us Count The Ways

How To Use Sour Cherry Spread

We released our Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Spread 2 years ago, back in 2016, and it's quickly become a popular pick among our customers for their holiday and winter cheese plates.  I will say it's more of a fall and winter condiment and we actually designed it as such, it's made with whole sour cherries from Upstate New York, simmered in a red wine reduction sauce with warm winter spices and cracked black pepper.  With it's aromatic spices and gorgeous red color, it's well suited for the holidays and makes a terrific addition to your entertaining spread. 

Not only is our sour cherry spread fantastic for cheese, it's also a fabulous pairing for roasted meats, charcuterie and desserts.  You can go sweet or savory with this gem of a sauce and we are here to show you 10 ways to use our Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Spread.

 

1. Crostini with Creamy Goats Cheese and Sour Cherry Spread

So gorgeous and so good!  Simply slice a french baguette at an angle, brush with olive and a little salt, toast in the oven then spread with creamy goats cheese and top with our delicious sour cherry spread and a touch of cracked black pepper. 

Recipe:  Crostini with Goats Cheese and Wozz! Sour Cherry Spread

Crostini with Goats Cheese and Sour Cherry Spread | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

2. Crispy Duck with Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Sauce

Yes, yes, i know.  Crispy duck with a cherry sauce is absolute heaven.  This is a great go to when you are looking for an at home upscale Friday night meal or to entertain friends.  Cherry preserves is a classic pairing for duck.

3. Cheese Plate with Sour Cherry Spread

Our Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Spread is fantastic with a blue cheese, aged goats cheese, brie and camembert.  A beautiful addition to any cheese plate.

Cheese and Sour Cherry Spread | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

4. Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Sauce

Rub a pork tenderloin with a herb oil blend (oil, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper), roast in the oven and serve with our Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Sauce on the side. 

5. Roasted Sausages with Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Sauce

An easy weeknight meal that lacks no flavor!  Savory sausages topped with a pan sauce made with our sour cherry spread and balsamic vinegar.  Serve with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy and you've got yourself a bangin' dinner.

Recipe:  Roasted Sausages with Wozz! Sour Cherry Wine Sauce

Sausage with Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Sauce | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

6. Charcuterie and Paté with Sour Cherry Spread

Pair our sour cherry spread with a charcuterie plate with paté, foie gras and terrines.  Our favorite paté pairing is mini toasts with duck mousse paired with our sour cherry spread.  Serve with a pinot noir red wine and you'll think you're in France.

Recipe: Paté with Wozz! Sour Cherry Spread

Paté with Sour Cherry Spread | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

7. Cheesecake and Cherry Spread

No advice needed!  Spoon our Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Sauce over a simple store bought cheesecake for a simple yet phenomenal dessert.  Try this chocolate dirt cake with mascarpone and cherry spread

Cherry Cheese Dirt Cake | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

8. Ham and Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Sauce

A delicious elegant and classic addition to a baked ham.  Perfect for the holidays!  Just serve on the side and let your guests help themselves.  Warm the cherry sauce if desired.

9. Chocolate and Sour Cherry Spread

Whether our Sour Cherry Spread is spooned over a hot brownie sundae, chocolate ice cream, black forest cake or cocoa cakes with cream cheese.  Cherries and chocolate are a no fail perfect pairing and you will not be disappointed.  

10. Lamb Chops with Quick Sour Cherry Pan Sauce

Warm up our sour cherry spread in a saucepan with a dash of balsamic vinegar and fresh thyme and serve over grilled lamb chops or pan fried crumbed lamb cutlets for a delicious sophisticated weeknight meal.

11. Mini Phyllo Tarts with Brie and Sour Cherry Spread

Mini phyllo tarts are great to have on hand for a quick entertaining.  Simply cut up a wedge of brie cheese into cubes, add one cube to each mini tart and top with a dollop of sour cherry spiced spread.  Bake for 10 minutes and serve. Garnish with fresh thyme or rosemary.  Mini phyllo tarts are found in the freezer section of the grocery store usually with puff pastry. 

 Wozz! Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Spread ~ $10Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Spread | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

 

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How To Use Mango Chutney

How To Use Mango Chutney? Let Us Count The Ways

First off Let's Discuss Chutney.  What is a Chutney?

Chutney is a combination of stewed fruit and vegetables simmered in vinegar and sugar with aromatic spices.  It roots come from India where you commonly see chutney that is made from herbs, chili and spices such as tamarind chutney, cilantro mint chutney and one of our favorites, mango chutney.  Chutney is different from a jam, in that jam is traditionally made of fruit, sugar and pectin whereas a chutney adds a more savory element, including ginger, chili, vinegar, herbs and spices.  It's sweet but more savory, vinegary and spiced than a traditional jam.  You may ask if it's similar to a relish, however a relish is a bit more of a pickle made from vegetables and usually does not contain fruit, where a chutney usually contains fruit.   Because of it's sweet and savory elements a chutney lends itself well as an accompaniment to sandwiches, meats and cheese plates.

How To Use Mango Chutney

Mango Chutney or as some refer to as Major Grey's Chutney (a traditional English mango chutney) is a combination of mango, sometimes onion, chili, vinegar, aromatic spices and dried fruit.  Our version, Spicy Summer Mango Chutney is handmade by slowly simmering juicy mango with succulent dates, cider vinegar, fresh habanero chili, custom blended spices, fresh ginger and garlic.  We use our mango chutney here at Wozz in a variety of ways and because we are makers of chutney, we play with so many ideas of how to use it and include it in a number of recipes, so we think we are more than qualified to give you some ideas of the best ways to use this delicious condiment. 

1. Use Mango Chutney as an Accompaniment To Indian Cuisine

One of the most traditional ways to use a mango chutney is with Indian cuisine.  Mango chutney is traditionally paired with spicy Indian curries to help take some of the heat out of the dish, just like a yogurt sauce helps takes the edge off a spicy vindaloo dish, a mango chutney with it's sweetness, helps balance the spiciness of Indian dishes.  Mango chutney is also used as an accompaniment to Indian appetizers serving as a dipping sauce to samosas, vegetable pakoras and pappadums. 

2. Use Mango Chutney As A Mango Simmer Sauce or Glazing Sauce For Chicken or Pork

A jar of mango chutney makes a wonderful simmer sauce for chicken or glazing sauce for pork tenderloin.  One of our favorite ways to use our Spicy Summer Mango Chutney is add it to a saucepan with shredded rotisserie chicken and serve atop coconut rice.  It's an easy weeknight dinner recipe and delicious.  

Pictured Below:  Mango Chutney Chicken with Coconut Rice Recipe

3. Use Mango Chutney as A Sandwich Spread or a Mix into Mayo For A Flavorful Condiment

From ham and cheddar grilled cheese to a chicken curry salad sandwich, our Spicy Summer Mango Chutney adds a delicious sweet and savory pop to everyday sandwiches.   For a chicken salad sandwich add a couple tablespoons of mango chutney to your mayonnaise, chopped celery and onions, along with a handful of raisins and dash of curry powder and serve atop a croissant. 

4.  Use Mango Chutney As A Topping Condiment For Grilling

Serve mango chutney as a condiment atop all your grilling favorites from pork chops to grilled chicken to lamb chops and more.  Simply spoon some chutney over your grilled meats with a sprinkle of fresh chopped herbs or serve the mango chutney on turkey burgers, grilled fish, beef tacos or gourmet sausages.  

Pictured Below:  Grilled Ginger Soy Pork Chops with Wozz! Spicy Mango Chutney Recipe

5. Serve Mango Chutney with Cheese, Cold Cuts, Crackers and Terrines

Serve mango chutney as an accompaniment to a simple meat and cheese platter or ploughman's lunch.  A ploughman's lunch is an English style lunch which includes cold cuts, bread, butter, pickles, chutneys, cheese and sometimes fruit such as an apple.  It's like a picnic basket style lunch that was served for workers in the field, hence the "ploughman".  Mango chutney also pairs well with an evening appetizer of pork or duck terrines or country patés served with buttered toast and a glass of wine.

6.  Use Mango Chutney As A Stir Fry Sauce or Crock Pot Sauce

Add Wozz! mango chutney and a dash of chicken stock to a pan of stir fried chicken with peppers, onions, garlic, green beans and cashews for a easy weeknight stir fry served over rice, this recipe also works with shrimp and snap peas. Add a jar of mango chutney to crockpot chicken meatballs or pulled pork for an easy "set it and forget it" dinner entrée or crowd pleasing meal.

Pictured Below: Spicy Mango Chutney Cashew Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

7.  Use Mango Chutney As A Dipping Sauce

Use our Spicy Summer Mango Chutney as a sweet yet tangy and spicy dipping sauce for a number of appetizers from samosas to spring rolls to chicken fingers, egg rolls and coconut shrimp.  

Wozz! Spicy Summer Mango Chutney

 

 

 

 

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Grapefruit Vinegar with Honey and Juniper | Our Newest Release!

Grapefruit Vinegar with Honey & Juniper - Our Newest Release!

Oh me oh my, this vinegar...this grapefruit vinegar is like nothing you have ever tasted.

I have always loved the combination of fresh grapefruit with a drizzle of honey over top...either for breakfast or in citrus style salads.  The flavor combination of the sweet yet bitter grapefruit with that floral fragrant honey sweetness is just a perfect union so I thought why not incorporate these flavors and create a new vinegar flavor for 2018.  It will be filled with high vibrant citrus notes and balanced honey sweetness, designed for everything from salads, to seafood to drinks.  I thought, it would be phenomenal as a drinking vinegar and not only straight up delicious but pretty darn healthy too. 

A Grapefruit Vinegar with A Deliciously Complex Flavor Profile

When we first started playing around with the grapefruit vinegar recipe, we knew we wanted to add a bit of complexity to the infusion, so we started playing around with an interesting little spice named the juniper berry.  Traditionally used in the making of gin, Juniper berries are actually not berries but the female seed cones of the juniper plant which is an evergreen coniferous plant of the cypress family.  The flavor profile of juniper is pine-like, citrusy and kind of woody.  If it were a candle, I would describe it as "a walk in the woods".  It adds a nice woody pine undertone to the vinegar which gives another dimension to the grapefruit honey infusion, rounding out all the flavors.  Almost like a earthy aged fine wine, there are vibrant fruity notes in this vinegar with mysterious undertones all intertwined which lends to a robust and interesting tasting experience.  

A Grapefruit Vinegar Made with Healthy Whole Fruit Ingredients, Non GMO Apple Cider Vinegar and Orange Blossom Honey

USA sourced non gmo apple cider vinegar that comes with the mother, is the cider vinegar we chose to use in our grapefruit vinegar making it a super healthy choice as a drink mixer or salad dressing.  We take whole fresh Texas grapefruit - the zest, skin, pith and flesh and infuse it in the cider vinegar with our Juniper spice infusion and combine it with a beautifully fragrant orange blossom honey.  The resulting vinegar is just absolutely delicious and packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.  I wasn't even really thinking about the health benefits of this vinegar while we were making it, I was focused on the flavor profile but when we were finished and I started adding it to my everyday seltzer water, I realized hey, people drink grapefruit and apple cider vinegar everyday as a health boost and this vinegar fits the bill.  Researching more on the benefits of grapefruit and apple cider vinegar, I learned it's used quite frequently as a fat burning aid, which is awesome!  It helps to burn belly fat and assists in regulating insulin levels which is directly related to decreased fat storage in the body.  With the added Vitamin C from the whole grapefruit and antioxidant packed juniper berries, this vinegar hits all the right notes from flavor to health.

Ways to use our Grapefruit Vinegar with Juniper & Honey

Drizzle our grapefruit vinegar over an arugula salad with goats cheese and walnuts

Mix 1 part Grapefruit Juniper Honey Vinegar in 3 parts seltzer water and serve over ice.  My go-to everyday cleansing drink!

Mix into your next gin and tonic for a grapefruit honey twist.

Make a grapefruit honey pan sauce by mixing our Grapefruit Juniper Honey Vinegar with a tab of butter in a sauce pan, warm up and serve over pan seared scallops on a bed of wilted spinach.

Use as a grapefruit honey glaze for salmon

Dress a salad of baby kale, roasted beets, red onion and grilled halloumi cheese

Take a grapefruit vinegar shot for the health of it!

Grapefruit Vinegar | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 Shop:  Grapefruit Juniper & Honey Vinegar $12.00

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Drinking Vinegars aka "Shrubs" | A Refreshing Healthy Tonic

What is a Drinking Vinegar or Shrub?

Drinking flavored vinegar or what some call shrubs or tonics is not a new trend, in fact, "shrubs" which by definition is "a beverage made by adding acidulated fruit juice to water" have been around since the pre-refrigeration days of the colonial era.  Fruit was preserved in vinegar and mixed with sugar or honey, essentially creating a juice or cordial that could be used to mix in water or alcohol for a simple drink or cocktail.  

Whole Fruits and Aromatic Spices Infused in Non GMO Apple Cider Vinegar For A Healthy Tonic

We started making our finishing vinegars back in 2010 and we follow the same process, we slow infuse fresh whole fruit ingredients in apple cider vinegar, add a bit of sweetness, herbs and aromatic spices and then we patiently wait and allow all the flavors to combine before we bottle.  It's a labor of love but the process is worth it.  The resulting vinegars have a slightly thicker consistency, rich natural fresh flavor, vibrant color and just enough sweetness to balance the acidity.  Our vinegars are not only served as a tonic for cocktails and seltzer but can be used as a healthy salad dressing for your everyday lunch greens.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and Spices in Shrubs

We use real non gmo USA sourced apple cider vinegar in our line so when you taste our vinegars or "shrubs", you will notice the difference - they have a wonderfully refreshing vinegar kick which is what you want in a shrub, you don't want it to taste like kool-aid or a sugar laden cordial.  Apple cider vinegar has been shown to have a number of health benefits including:

  • enhancing weight loss
  • stabilizing blood sugars
  • lowering cholesterol
  • maintain alkaline ph
  • promotes detoxification of the liver
  • eases digestion
  • fights free radicals to reduce aging                                      

Additional Health Benefits of Drinking Vinegar

With the infusion of whole fresh fruits, aromatics and herbs in our drinking vinegars, you are not only gaining the benefits of apple cider vinegar but you benefit from all the vitamins and antioxidant properties in the spices we use.  For example, take our Spiced Strawberry Rhubarb Vinegar - made with farm fresh strawberries, local garden rhubarb and spices including cinnamon, bay leaf, star anise and orange peel.  All those wonderful herbs, spices and fresh fruit ingredients are packed with vitamins and minerals.  Mix this in your seltzer water instead of chemical flavorings for a refreshing summer mocktail and know you are getting a variety of antioxidant benefits.  Did you know cinammon has the highest antioxidant property of all the spices and that star anise is known to fight off influenza?  Bay leaf is packed with Vitamin A, C, manganese, potassium and iron and strawberries are full of anti-inflammatory and immunity boosting properties!   I say, drink up!

Simply Mix 1 Part Drinking Vinegar with 3 Parts Seltzer 

We have created a number of recipes that use our drinking vinegars in both cocktails and mocktails but they are easily enjoyed by mixing 1 part drinking vinegar to 3 parts seltzer water or adjust to your desired taste.  You can choose from a variety of seltzer flavors and just serve over ice.  Our newest addition to our vinegar line is our Grapefruit Juniper and Honey Vinegar made with whole juicy Texas grapefruit, juniper berries and orange blossom honey - it's just perfect on a hot summers day over ice with seltzer water or mixed in a tequila paloma.  For a quick health boost, you can take a shot of it!

Get Creative and Make Your Own Drinking Vinegars or Shrubs

You can make your own drinking vinegars at home quite easily but the process isn't quick. We infuse our vinegars for up to 12 weeks, but if you got time on your side, it's actually quite easy and fun, especially during the summer months when fresh fruits and berries are at their peak of ripeness.  You can cook the ingredients on the stove top by combining fresh cut fruits and spices together in a honey or sugar syrup, strain off your spices and fruit pulp and then add your apple cider vinegar.  You can also infuse the ingredients cold, let steep and keep in the refrigerator.  You don't have to use apple cider vinegar, I don't recommend white vinegar but some people use champagne vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, etc.  You can experiment with whatever flavor combinations intrigue you and you can play around with a variety of wild herbs to create your own health benefiting tonics.  It's actually a great hobby and will put your herb garden to good use!

If you don't have the time to create your own, take a chance and try ours!  You won't be disappointed and like I said earlier, you can mix them into a variety of drinks or simply drizzle over your favorite salad greens. 

 

Our Drinking Vinegar Flavor Combinations Include:

1.  Spiced Strawberry Rhubarb Vinegar Shrub - the taste of grandma's strawberry pie in a bottle!  Fresh picked strawberries and local garden rhubarb infused in apple cider vinegar with warm aromatic spices including cinnamon, star anise and orange peel. 

2. Grapefruit Juniper & Honey Vinegar Shrub - fresh juicy Texas grapefruit packed with vitamin c infused in apple cider vinegar with floral orange blossom honey and juniper berries.  A complex refreshing and vibrant vinegar perfect over ice with seltzer water or drizzled over an arugula and goats cheese salad!

3.  Spiced Pear Ginger Vinegar Shrub - fresh handcut pears are infused in apple cider vinegar with fresh peppery ginger and spices.  This is one of my favorite drinking vinegars when mixed with vanilla seltzer!  It also makes a delicious white rum cocktail and is fantastic drizzled over a salad of spinach, grilled chicken, gorgonzola and candied walnuts.

4. Cranberry Saffron Vinegar Shrub - New England cranberries infused in apple cider vinegar with cinnamon, orange peel, bay leaf and velvety saffron.  This antioxidant packed shrub is just perfect in winter drinks and holiday sparklers.  Try with seltzer water and a splash of fresh orange juice for a cranberry orange fizz.  Drizzle over a salad of spinach, candied pecans and goats cheese for a delicious fall salad. 

 

 Grapefruit Juniper Honey Drinking Vinegar | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

Check out our entire line of slow infused drinking vinegars here

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How To Use Fig Spread? Let Us Count The Ways.

We started making our balsamic fig mostarda spread in 2013...and it quickly became a best seller.  In 2017 it won the NYC Silver sofi award for best condiment in it's class.  It's a combination of sweet figs and fresh hand cut pears in a balsamic reduction sauce and finished with a touch of hot mustard oil.   We absolutely love this fig spread and when our customers taste it, they find it a lovely surprise that it's a cross between a sweet balsamic fig jam and a savory spicy mustard.  Traditionally, they always think to pair it with a cheese plate but we want to reach out and show you that cheese is by far not your only option.  

Let's go back to 1988 for a minute.

Most people think of fig spread or fig jam as what is in the middle of a fig newton...basically dried figs and sugar...excuse me while i yawn...but our fig spread takes on a modern approach and the combination of sweet figs with a nice balance of balsamic acidity and mustard heat lends itself to a whole lot of dishes far beyond a simple cheese plate.  So with that being said here we go. 

10 Ways to Use Fig Spread (you can use any fig spread but we of course...uhhhmmmm...cough....recommend ours :) 

1.  Crostini with Balsamic Fig Spread

Looking to entertain in like 5 minutes?  Spread our Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread on toasted crostini with goats cheese and drizzle with honey. 

2.  Shredded Roast Beef Dip Sandwiches with Balsamic Fig Sauce

Slow cooker beef with a balsamic fig sauce, shredded and added to crusty bread rolls and dipped in balsamic fig gravy?  Yes please....

3.  Fig Spread as a Pizza Base and Flatbread Base

Slather fig spread over a pizza crust or flatbread crust and top with goats cheese or blue cheese, prosciutto, arugula, walnuts, rosemary, etc.  Try 2 of our favorite pizzas:  Grilled Peach with Balsamic Fig, Brie and Basil or our Balsamic Fig with Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Prosciutto 

Balsamic Fig Pizza with Grilled Peaches and Basil

4. Mini Phyllo Tarts with Fig Spread

Add a spoonful of fig spread to mini tarts and top with goats cheese, blue cheese or brie and add just a snip of fresh thyme or rosemary.  Bake for 10 minutes and voila!  Balsamic Fig and Brie Mini Tarts Recipe

Mini Tarts with Fig Spread | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

5.  Fig Spread on a Grilled Cheese Panini

Add our fig spread to a variety of grilled cheese panini combinations.  Try turkey, brie and fig spread on a baguette or cheddar and fig on brioche.  Ham, provolone, fig spread and arugula is a favorite combo.

6.  Easter Ham with Warm Fig Mostarda Sauce

Simply warm up our balsamic fig spread on the stove top and serve with Easter ham.  Keep it simple, yet savvy.  (and the mustard kick is awesome with ham)

7.  Balsamic Fig Baked Chicken

Mix our balsamic fig spread with a bit of balsamic vinegar pour over chicken and bake with cherry tomatoes on top.  Done and it's pretty darn good for a typical Tuesday night.  Balsamic Fig Chicken Recipe here.

Balsamic Fig Chicken | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

8. Fig and Cheese Plate

We already know this one.  No advice needed.  You can add our Balsamic Fig Spread to any cheese plate and it's absolutely fantastic.  Serve it on the side of blue cheese, goats cheese or atop brie and serve with crackers, fruit and charcuterie.

Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread | Cheese Plate Pairing | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

9.  Roasted Vegetables and Fig Spread

From Brussells sprouts to green beans, you can toss veggies in our balsamic fig spread and roast in the oven or sauté in a pan.  Check out our balsamic fig roasted brussels sprouts here. 

10.  Balsamic Fig Salad Dressing

Add our balsamic fig mostarda spread to a little extra balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper. Drizzle over a baby spinach, cranberry and candied walnut salad with goats cheese.  

11.  Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Fig Mostarda Sauce

Rub a pork tenderloin with an herb oil blend (olive oil, fresh rosemary, sage, salt , pepper) bake in oven and serve our Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread on the side.

There you have it!  Now your jar of fig spread is empty and you need more. :)

 

Balsamic Fig Mostarda | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

 

 

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The BEST Ginger Soy Stir Fry Sauce for ANY Stir Fry Recipe!

The Best Ginger Soy Stir Fry Sauce for ANY Stir Fry Recipe

After years of making this sauce, it being hands down one of our best sellers and it winning the NYC Fancy Food Show Sofi GOLD Award, we can almost guarantee that our Ginger Soy Infusion Sauce will be the BEST stir fry sauce you have ever bought.  Now maybe you can make something that you think is better at home, but we put a lot of craft and care into making this sauce.  It starts with an authentic kombu dashi seaweed stock, made by yours truly and infused with fresh chopped garlic, fresh ginger, toasted sesame, a little saki and sweetened organic tamari (yes this is gluten free as well).  It's not only a traditional style ginger soy stir fry sauce but it's a perfect balance of sweet and savory and it's not too heavy.  It's still light and full of intense Japanese flavor. 

You can use our Ginger Soy Sauce in a variety of stir fry's from Chinese chicken stir fry to shrimp lo mein.  It's perfect for tofu and veggie stir fry, general tso's chicken and delicious with simple fried rice.  Here are our top stir fry favorite recipes and Asian inspired dishes using our Ginger Soy Infusion Sauce.  Try it, you won't be disappointed.  

                                    Ginger Soy Sauce | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

Our Favorite Stir Fry Recipes Using our Best Selling Ginger Soy Sauce

Chinese Chicken Chop Suey Stir Fry with Wozz! Ginger Soy Sauce

Soft melt in your mouth velvety chicken stir fried with shiitake mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, carrots and cashews and tossed in our sweet and savory Ginger Soy Stir Fry Sauce.  This is just like Chinese Chop Suey take-out with half the calories, salt and oil. 

RECIPE: Chinese Chicken Chop Suey Stir Fry

Chinese Chop Suey Stir Fry with Ginger Soy Sauce | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

The Best Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry with Wozz! Ginger Soy Sauce

This beef and broccoli stir fry is hands down my favorite stir fry recipe.  Flank steak is thinly sliced and sauteed with crisp broccoli in our Ginger Soy Infusion sauce and thickened with a little cornstarch for rich saucy deliciousness.  It's the perfect weeknight dinner for quick and easy comfort food.

RECIPE:  Best Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry 

Best Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry with Ginger Soy Sauce

Ginger Soy Chicken Teriyaki with Rice

Our Ginger Soy Infusion is used as both a marinade and a sweet finishing sauce for this chicken teriyaki recipe.  What's great about our Ginger Soy Sauce is we use no preservatives, artificial ingredients or colors and it's msg free, so you can enjoy delicious Asian teriyaki without all the added rubbish that's in a lot of store bought sauces.

RECIPE: Ginger Soy Chicken Teriyaki with Rice Recipe

Ginger Soy Chicken Teriyaki | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

Shrimp Lo Mein Stir Fry with Wozz! Ginger Soy Sauce

Sauteed shrimp stir fried with red bell pepper, fresh basil, green onions, tossed in our Ginger Soy Sauce and finished with crushed peanuts.  

RECIPE: Shrimp Lo Mein  Stir Fry with Wozz! Ginger Soy 

Shrimp Lo Mein with Ginger Soy Sauce | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 Asian Chicken Wings with Wozz! Ginger Soy Sauce

Along with that stir fry for dinner, why not start with an appetizer of Asian chicken wings tossed in our Ginger Soy Sauce?  YASS!

RECIPE:  Best Asian Chicken Wings with Ginger Soy Sauce

Best Asian Chicken Wings with Ginger Soy Sauce

Love you some stir fry and want to mix it up with a variety of sauces?

Check out our latest collection of Best Selling Stir Fry Sauces - a set of 4 handcrafted small batch Asian inspired stir fry sauces. Rich aromatic and well balanced, each of these sauces can also be used to marinate, dress or dip.  Our Best Stir Fry Sauces Set includes Ginger Soy Infusion Sauce, Sweet Chili Orange Sesame Sauce, Vietnamese Green Tea Mint Nuoc Cham Sauce and our award winning Cambodian Coconut Peanut Sauce

Wozz! Best Stir Fry Sauces Set 

Best Selling Stir Fry Sauces | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

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Spiced Beet Vinegar is a 2018 GOOD FOOD AWARDS WINNER!

We are thrilled to announce that our Spiced Beet Vinegar is a 2018 Good Food Awards Winner!  We are very very proud of this award as the Good Food Awards Foundation celebrates craft food made from makers that are the real deal that support local agriculture and their communities.  To give you a little bit more information on the Good Food Awards, I have taken this excerpt from their website: 

The Good Food Foundation celebrates exceptional food and drink crafters who are pushing the envelope in both craftsmanship and sustainability. For a long time, certifications for responsible food production and awards for superior taste have remained distinct—one honors social and environmental and social responsibility, while the other celebrates flavor. The Good Food Awards recognize that truly good food—the kind that brings people together and builds strong, healthy communities—contains all of these ingredients. The Good Food Awards honor the people who make food that is delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.

In collaboration with Meadowstone Farm, a local vegetable farm and goat dairy located just 3 miles from our home, we source all of our beets.  Picked so fresh, the resulting color of our spiced beet vinegar is a vibrant purple and packed with healthy nutrients.  Added to our beet vinegar is USA sourced organic apple cider vinegar and a medley of aromatic spices including bay leaf and fresh orange peel.  Slowly infused for up to 12 weeks, we let all these amazing flavors infuse and then we bottle!

Our Spiced Beet Vinegar is delicious drizzled over a variety of salads from hearty winter salads with roasted root vegetables and crumbled feta to summer favorites such as mozzarella, tomato and basil caprese.  Try over this summer panzanella salad for a delicious lunch or make a quick pan sauce by reducing our spiced beet vinegar on the stove top and drizzling over a steak filet.

Spiced Beet Vinegar | Good Food Awards | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

 

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Best and Easiest Ways to Use Hot Pepper Jelly

How To Use Hot Pepper Jelly

Hot Pepper Jelly has to be one of the most versatile condiments of them all.  Whether you need a quick glaze for some pork chops or a simple yet delicious appetizer or accompaniment to cheese, hot pepper jelly always seems to pull you through.  Our Thai Hot Pepper Jelly is a traditional hot pepper jelly with a bit more oomph...layered with roasted red pepper, fresh garlic, ginger and fresh chopped fresno chili, it's a sweet chili jam bursting with flavor.  The heat level is about a 5/10 so it's perfect for all your entertaining and cooking needs.  Just the right amount of spicy bite for everyone to enjoy!  Our favorite ways to use our Thai Hot Pepper Jelly includes:

1.  Hot Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese Appetizer

The ultimate no fuss - just pull it out of the cupboard in a jiffy - way to entertain!  A block of cream cheese with hot pepper jelly poured over top and served with crackers.  It's a classic appetizer and always a hit.  Looking to step up your game with a bit more flair?  Serve it alongside a triple cream brie or camembert or mix into a hot goats cheese dip.   

Hot Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese Appetizer Recipe

Hot Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

2.  Hot Pepper Jelly Sandwich Spread

Add a slather of hot pepper jelly to your next grilled cheese or panini.  Delicious spooned over a turkey and cheddar melt or use in your next BLT.  Mix into mayo for a sweet and spicy aioli or spread over your bacon and egg breakfast sandwich.  Also delicious spread over hot biscuits.

3. Hot Pepper Jelly Glazed Chicken Wings

Oh me oh my...just toss chicken wings with some hot pepper jelly and bake...when finished toss with a bit more sauce and voila! 

Hot Pepper Jelly Wings Recipe 

Hot Pepper Jelly Wings | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

4.  Hot Pepper Jelly Stir Fry Sauce

Mix a few tablespoons of hot pepper jelly with soy sauce and a bit of chicken stock and add to your stir fry's for a sweet and spicy Asian sauce.

5.  Hot Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese Toasted Bagel

Slather a toasted sesame bagel with cream cheese and hot pepper jelly.

6. Use Hot Pepper Jelly as a Dipping Sauce

Use our Thai Hot Pepper Jelly as a delicious dipping sauce for shrimp, potstickers, dumplings, egg rolls, crab rangoons, wontons and more!   

Shrimp and Hot Pepper Jelly Dipping Sauce | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

7.  Jazz up Your Turkey Burgers with Hot Pepper Jelly

A way to liven up those dry boring turkey burgers!

8.  Hot Pepper Jelly Party Meatballs

Add hot pepper jelly to a crockpot of party meatballs.  Yummo.

9. Use Hot Pepper Jelly as a Glaze 

Hot Pepper Jelly makes an excellent glaze for pork tenderloin, grilled pork chops and ham. Glaze pork chops while grilling, baste a ham with hot pepper jelly while cooking or serve warm as a sauce on the side. 

10.  Hot Pepper Jelly Salmon 

Salmon will never be the same.  Spoon hot pepper jelly over a salmon filet during the last few minutes of cooking under the broiler and serve with Asian rice. 

Hot Pepper Jelly Salmon Recipe

Hot Pepper Jelly Salmon | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

11.  Hot Pepper Jelly Baked Potato Topping

Mix hot pepper jelly with sour cream and serve over a baked potato or as a dipping sauce to french fries or crispy oven fried potatoes. 

12. Hot Pepper Jelly for Quesadillas

Spread Hot Pepper Jelly on flour tortillas and top with shredded chicken and cheese. 

I think I could go on and on...but I will stop now!  I think you all now know how to use hot pepper jelly and like I said, it's a perfect kitchen cupboard staple.  

Pictured Below:  Wozz! Thai Hot Pepper Jelly

 You May Also Like:  Wozz! Hot Pepper Jelly Duo

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Our Favorite 5 Simple and Delicious Party Dips

Sometimes the best part of a family gathering or holiday party is the appetizers, especially the dips...that along with the cocktails of course!  In fact many people now forgo the traditional sit down dinner and are happy to host a party with a nice beautiful spread of simple finger foods and serve beer, wine and a few specialty cocktails.  This makes it less stressful for the host of course but also sets the tone for a very social and relaxed party.  A simple cheese plate and a selection of dips with crackers and crudite are usually a big hit and the dip recipes we have for you are practically effortless.  Our chutneys and spreads are not only fantastic accompaniments to any cheese plate but can be used in a variety of dips to serve with crackers, chips and vegetables.  

Here is a list of our favorite 5 party dip recipes that are no fuss, easy and absolutely delicious!

1. French Onion Dip with Bacon

This french onion dip is a classic.  Served simply old school style with kettle potato chips, it's as big of a hit now as it was when you were 12.  Made with our Triple Ale Onion Spread with cream cheese, sour cream and bacon.  

Recipe:  Wozz French Onion Jam Dip 

French Onion Jam Dip | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

2. Easiest Salsa Verde Guacamole Dip 

A guacamole recipe that is just too easy!  A customer of ours shared this recipe with us and said Wozz Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde was her go-to everytime she made guacomole.  Simply mash avocado with diced tomato, add our Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde, a squeeze of lime and salt and pepper.  

Recipe:  Wozz Salsa Verde Guacamole

Salsa Verde Guacamole | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

3. White Chocolate Banana Cheesecake Dip 

This White Chocolate Banana Cheesecake Dip is the ultimate dessert style dip to serve with fruit, pretzels and cookies.  It's a crowd pleaser for both adults and kids!

Recipe:  Wozz White Chocolate Banana Cheesecake Dip

White Chocolate Cheesecake Dip | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

4. Warm Cheese and Moroccan Tomato Dip

Served with toasted crostini, this cheese and tomato dip is made with melted mozzarella, smoked cheddar and our Moroccan Tomato Onion Relish.  

Recipe:  Wozz Cheese and Moroccan Tomato Dip

Cheese and Tomato Dip | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

5. Simple Thai Hot Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese

This recipe is a classic!  Simply pour Wozz Thai Hot Pepper Savory Spread over a block of cream cheese and serve with crackers.  It's sweet, spicy and a holiday favorite!  

Recipe:  Wozz Cream Cheese and Hot Pepper Jellly

Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

There you have it!  Our 5 favorite party dips using a selection of Wozz condiments sauces and spreads.  Happy Entertaining! :)

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How To Use Cranberry Chutney

How To Use Cranberry Chutney? Let Us Count The Ways

First off let's discuss the difference between cranberry sauce, cranberry jelly and cranberry chutney.

Cranberry Sauce Vs. Cranberry Jelly Vs. Cranberry Chutney

A cranberry sauce typically contains whole cranberries cooked in sugar with a stick of cinnamon and zest of orange peel and is what you think of when you make homemade cranberry sauce on the stovetop at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Its a whole berry cranberry sauce served in a crock or bowl on the table.

A cranberry jelly is made by cooking cranberries in sugar and straining the cranberries and juice through a sieve to remove the cranberries and uses only the liquid to make the jelly.  This cranberry and sugar liquid is then placed in a mold to set and looks similar to cranberry jello.  The classic grocery store varieties that we all know and love from our childhood, take the shape of the can, however they usually contain high fructose corn syrup whereas homemade cranberry jelly usually does not. 

A cranberry chutney is a combination of whole cranberries simmered with fruit such as apples or pears, spices, dried fruit and vinegar.  It's similar to a whole berry cranberry sauce but with more complexity.  Our Cranberry Orange Cognac Chutney is a combination of fresh whole cranberries, fresh oranges, raisins, chopped apples, cider vinegar, aromatic spices including cinnamon and clove and is finished with cognac liquor.  

How To Use Cranberry Chutney

We use our cranberry chutney in similar ways that you would also use a cranberry sauce or jelly however most people don't look beyond turkey for what to do with it.   So here we'll share with you our favorite recipes and ways to use cranberry chutney.

1. Cranberry Chutney As A Condiment For Turkey Sandwiches

Okay I have to start here, because turkey sandwiches with stuffing, gravy and cranberry chutney on thick soft hearty white bread is such a classic and delicious sandwich combination.  I think most people can't wait for the day after Thanksgiving for that leftover turkey cranberry sandwich!

Pictured Below: Open Faced Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry Chutney

2.  Cranberry Chutney For Cheese Pairings

Cranberry chutney is a wonderful pairing for cheese including cheddar, goats cheese and brie. Try spooning it over a baked brie, goats cheese log or brick of cream cheese, garnished with candied nuts and chopped rosemary.  Serve with crostini or crackers.

Pictured Below:  Cambozola Blue Cheese (a creamy blue brie blend style of cheese) paired with Wozz! Cranberry Chutney

3.  Cranberry Chutney For Quick and Easy Puff Pastry Appetizers

Adding cranberry chutney to simple mini tartlet shells or puff pastry with brie cheese or cheddar is such an easy appetizer idea.  By using store bought puff pastry you can make these appetizers in about 10-15 minutes.  You can also make hot turkey cheddar puff pastry hand pies or sausage stuffing and cranberry chutney pastry rolls.

4.  Cranberry Chutney as a Salad Dressing Ingredient

Whisk a couple tablespoons of cranberry chutney into olive oil and red wine vinegar with a teaspoon dijon mustard for a quick cranberry vinaigrette to dress fresh green salads.  For a fall inspired salad top your fresh greens with fresh apple slices and candied walnuts and dress with cranberry vinaigrette. You can also add a spoonful or two of our Cranberry Orange Chutney to grain salads such as this wild rice salad with celery, walnuts and spring onions pictured below. 

Pictured Below:  Wild Rice Salad with Wozz! Cranberry Orange Chutney and Walnuts Recipe

5. Cranberry Chutney as a Condiment or Glazing Sauce For Pork and Chicken

Our Cranberry Orange Cognac Chutney is delicious served atop a pork tenderloin or served alongside roasted chicken with gravy and mashed potatoes.  Cranberry chutney also pairs nicely with pork or duck terrine served with buttery toast and a little fresh salad as an appetizer. 

6.  Cranberry Chutney as a Crockpot Slow Cooker Sauce

Making cranberry crockpot chicken is a classic recipe that can be made a couple of ways.  The first way is by adding cranberry chutney, seared bone in chicken pieces, fresh celery, chopped onions and a cup of bbq sauce seasoned with salt and pepper to the crockpot and cook on low heat for about 6 hours until chicken is super tender.  The other way to make cranberry crockpot chicken is to add thousand island dressing and onion soup mix to your crockpot with your cranberry chutney (instead of the bbq sauce) along with your seared bone in chicken pieces, celery and onions.  A wonderful recipe for the holidays is cranberry chutney party meatballs which is pictured below. 

Pictured Below:  Holiday Cranberry Meatballs made with Wozz! Cranberry Chutney

7. Use Cranberry Chutney as a Spread For Toast or Biscuits

Top a toasted bagel or English muffin with cream cheese and spread a little bit of cranberry chutney on top.  You can also make a whipped cranberry butter by adding salted butter to a bowl with some cranberry chutney, whip together with a hand mixer until well blended and slather on warm biscuits (yummo).  

8.  Add Cranberry Chutney To Your Morning Yogurt Parfait

Add some cranberry chutney to your morning yogurt with granola for a tasty treat or add it to your overnight oats.  Our Cranberry Orange Chutney is delicious stirred into hot oatmeal made with a little almond milk and garnished with some toasted walnuts or pecans.

9. Add Cranberry Chutney To Your Bread Stuffing Recipe

Instead of dried cranberries use cranberry chutney in your next stuffing recipe.  Try a sourdough bread stuffing with sausage crumbles, butter, chicken stock, onions, celery, cranberry chutney and fresh herbs.

10.  Add Cranberry Chutney To A Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Dress up a grilled cheese sandwich or panini with cranberry chutney.  Try turkey and cheddar with cranberry chutney or add to a chicken and brie melt.  You can also add a dollop to your chicken salad sandwich and serve on a croissant. 

Pictured Below:  Grilled Chicken, Avocado and Brie Sandwich with Cranberry Chutney

There you have it, our best ways to use cranberry chutney beyond the Thanksgiving table.  

Wozz! Cranberry Orange Cognac Chutney

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Best Jams and Savory Spreads For Cheese Pairings

Best Jams and Savory Spreads For Cheese Pairings

Why our Jams and Savory Spreads make the Best Cheese Pairings

We've tried and tested dozens of savory jam recipes to come up with the best jams, savory spreads and chutneys to pair with a variety of cheese plates.  After years in the making, we've developed a line of cheese pairing jams and award winning spreads that we can absolutely guarantee will take your cheese plate to the next level.  

From a sharp aged cheddar to a rich and creamy stilton, each of our jams and spreads are designed to not only pair with a variety of cheese but to brilliantly compliment the cheese by adding a complex sweet and savory addition.  Our spreads and jams are made with a combination of fresh fruits and aromatic spices, slowly simmered and handcrafted entirely by us with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. 

Wozz! Savory Spreads and Jams For Cheese Pairings


Savory Spreads and Jams For Cheese ~ Wozz! Perfect Pairings

1. Triple Ale Onion Savory Jam Spread - a slow cooked caramelized onion jam made with fresh roasted garlic, brown sugar and a combination of 3 artisan ales.  Winner of the NYC Fancy Food Show for best condiment in it's class, this savory onion spread pairs fantastic with:

blue cheese - this sweet sticky onion jam with it's hoppy kick is right at home paired with a blue cheese.  Try on a crostini with fresh rosemary or as a pizza base with gorgonzola, walnuts and thyme. Favorite pairings for your next cheese plate include Jasper Cellars Bayley Hazen Blue, Colston Bassett Stilton and Point Reyes Bay Blue.  

aged cheddar - who doesn't like a full flavored delicious aged cheddar with an onion spread made with craft beer?  This is a phenomenal pairing and great for both a laid back style cheese plate and a sophisticated one as well.  Pair with charcuterie for an appetizer that is just plain awesome.  Our favorite pairings include: Cabot clothbound cheddar, Grafton Village reserve cheddar and Harmans cheddar. 

washed rind - the savory flavors of this onion jam complement the pungent punchy flavors of a traditional washed rind cheese and of course, the addition of ale is a complimentary pairing.  Favorite pairing: Jasper Cellars Willoughby.

goats cheese - balances the zesty flavor of goats cheese with a savory caramelized onion bite.  Delicious on crostini, flat bread or paired together in mini tart shells and topped with fresh herbs. 

charcuterie - perfect for a cheese and charcuterie board! Pair with cured meats including sausage and salami and with terrine or pate.

Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Jam Spread Paired with Cheddar and Salami

Onion Jam For Cheese Pairings | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Spread paired with Colston Bassett Stilton Blue Cheese

 

Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Jam Paired with Goats Cheese in Mini Tarts

Onion Jam and Goats Cheese Tarts | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

 

2. Balsamic Fig Mostarda For Cheese Pairings - sweet figs and fresh hand cut pears simmered in a balsamic reduction with the traditional finish of pure mustard oil for spice.  Winner of the NYC Fancy Food Show Sofi Silver award for outstanding condiment, this balsamic fig mostarda is our signature cheese pairing accompaniment.  Rich with layered flavors, this savory fig jam pairs with almost any cheese including:

goats cheese - pair this rich and savory fig jam with either fresh goats cheese on crostini for a crowd pleasing appetizer or serve alongside an aged goats cheese such as Coupole from Vermont Creamery on a cheese plate.

blue cheese - by slowly simmering figs and fresh pears in a balsamic reduction sauce, our Balsamic Fig Mostarda is a classic accompaniment to blue cheese, perfectly on par with the cheese's bold flavors.

soft bloomy rind cheese including brie and camembert - baked brie with fig jam, another classic no fail holiday favorite.  Try pairing our Balsamic Fig Mostarda with Jasper Cellars Harbison - a soft bloomy rind cheese similar to brie with grassy mustard notes.  It's the perfect cheese pairing alongside a loaf of crusty bread.  Also fantastic served with Vermont Creamery's Cremont.

Summer Cheese Plate with Wozz! Balsamic Fig Mostarda, Fresh Fruit, Croissants, Ham and Soft Bloomy Rind Cheese

Fig Jam and Cheese | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

Brie and Fig Jam Mini Tarts | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

3. Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Spread For Cheese Pairings - A sour cherry compote spread made with whole sour cherries slowly simmered in a red wine reduction sauce with aromatic winter mulling spices and cracked black pepper.  Our Sour Cherry Spread with Spiced Wine is an amazing cheese pairing spread, especially during the fall and winter months and holiday season.  Our favorite cheese and cherry jam pairings include:

Stilton - this intense rich and full of fruit cherry spread enhanced with warm aromatic spices and bold red wine is a perfect match for a medium to strong blue including stilton and roquefort.  A personal favorite pairing is with Vermont's Blue Ledge Farm Middlebury Blue.

Triple Cream Brie -  our sour cherry spread is decadent and gorgeous on top of a baked triple cream brie cheese.  Full of juicy whole sour cherries, this makes a holiday statement that compliments the woody earthiness of brie.  

Goats Cheese - rich cherries and warm spices lends itself to a beautiful pairing with tangy creamy zesty goats cheese.  Favorite pairings include fresh unripened goats cheese spread onto crostini with our sour cherry jam and Vermont Creamery's Coupole and Bonne Bouche.

Mascarpone - A brilliant match for dessert, try a dessert style cheese pairings with mascarpone, sour cherry spread and cocoa cakes or grahams.  

Wozz! Sour Cherry Jam Compote Paired with Creamy Salty Crozier Irish Blue Cheese and Effies Cocoa Cakes For a Dessert Inspired Cheese Pairing

 

4. Sticky Date Candied Orange Chutney For Cheese Pairings - dates are a classic traditional cheese pairing accompaniment.  Travel the world and you'll find most cheese pairings and wine tastings will come with dried dates to compliment the flavor. We have taken this classic traditional cheese pairing to the next level by slow cooking dates with the addition of pears, hand candied oranges, cider vinegar and a medley of spices.  This chutney leaves a mild tingling to the palate on it's finish, just to give the mouth a nice well rounded warm finish.  It's a brilliant cheese pairing chutney complimenting almost all the cheese varieties that we pair with it.  

Aged Gouda - who doesn't love the nutty caramel deliciousness of an aged gouda?  It's just perfection in my eyes and our sticky date candied orange chutney is a delicious match.  The orange marmalade accent in this chutney is a great enhancement for the cheese.

Cheddar - this savory date chutney is bursting with character and just delicious with an aged cheddar or smoked cheddar, our favorite pick is harmans cheese smoked cheddar.  Don't forget to add charcuterie to your cheese pairing on this one. 

Alpine Style Cheese - our sticky date and orange chutney pairs well with this nutty buttery style cheese.  Our favorite cheese pairings include Cabot Alpine Cheddar and Jasper Cellars Alpha Tolman.

Hard Cheese - Our sticky date candied orange chutney is a delightful treat when paired with a sharp nutty aged manchego or parmesan.

Wozz! Sticky Date Candied Orange Chutney with Alpine Style Cheese Pairing:

Date Chutney and Cheese Pairing | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

5. Cranberry Orange Cognac Chutney For Cheese Pairings - New England cranberries infused with fresh orange, cinnamon, clove, cognac orange liquor, apples and raisins for a rich fruit forward chutney.  Well suited for a variety of cheese, our favorite cheese and cranberry chutney pairings include:

Soft Bloomy Rind Cheese - Top a wheel of baked brie or camembert with cranberry chutney and walnuts for a beautiful and delicious Thanksgiving appetizer.  Don't forget to add our Cranberry Orange Chutney to your leftover turkey and brie sandwich!

Cheddar - Simple and delicious, you can pair our cranberry orange chutney simply alongside cheddar on a cheese plate or use with melted cheddar in puff pastry for a deliciously gooey warm appetizer.  

6. Thai Hot Pepper Jelly For Cheese Pairings - Our Thai Hot Pepper Jelly is a combination of roasted red peppers, sweet chili heat, fresh ginger, fresh garlic and it's full of flavor!  This hot pepper jelly is not too spicy (about a 5/10 on the heat scale) so you can pair this with cheese without overpowering it.  Traditionally hot pepper jelly is served with cream cheese and crackers for a no fail, simple, delicious and easy appetizer but you can also serve it with a simple sharp cheddar or goats cheese. 

If you are looking for simple entertaining ideas, remember that all of our savory cheese pairing jams and spreads can be folded through cream cheese or a creamy goats cheese and served with crackers. 

Entertaining Made Easy! Thai Hot Pepper Jelly with Cream Cheese Appetizer:

Hot Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

7.  Wild Blueberry Maple Walnut Compote is made with Wild Maine Blueberries steeped in Balsamic with Fresh Rosemary, Toasted Walnuts and 100% Pure Maple Syrup.  Pairs well with an aged goats cheese and creamy baked brie. 

Recipe: Baked Brie with Wild Blueberry Maple Walnut Compote


Cheese and Jam Pairing Sets

Wozz! Cheese Pairing Essentials ~ A Set of 4 Savory Spreads and Jams For Classic Cheese Plate Pairings.

We also have two gift sets designed for perfect cheese pairings, our classic cheese pairing gift set and our gourmet spreads for cheese set.  Our cheese pairing gift boxes come in a silver Wozz! gift box with eco friendly packaging, pairing cards and a personalized note from you. 

You can also choose your own assortment of our sweet and savory cheese pairing condiments.

Classic Cheese Pairings Gift Set - 4 of our favorite and most versatile savory spreads and jams for cheese ~ $49.00

Send one of our thoughtfully crafted cheese pairing gift sets to your cheese obsessed friend or send one to yourself and share the joy of cheese and jam pairings with your family, co-workers and loved ones.  Perfect for the holidays, birthdays and Mother's Day.  

Quick Cheese Overview:

Blue Cheese - This class of cheese has had the mold Penicillin added to them, leading to their blue veined appearance.  Usually creamy and crumbly, blue cheeses tend to be pungent, salty and sharp although a Colston Basset Stilton can be buttery fudgy and elegantly sweet.  Their are a number of varieties, some milder than others, including Danish Blue, Gorgonzola, Stilton and Roquefort. Italian Gorgonzola and Cambozola (a blue brie blend) tend to be milder in flavor whereas a French Roquefort tends to be spicy and pungent.

Cheddar - Originated in the town of Somerset, Egland, cheddar, is a relatively firm cheese that can taste mellow in flavor or slightly strong and earthy depending on the variety.  A vintage cheddar which tends to be rich and earthy is aged greater than 15 months.  Cheddar is one of the most popular styles of cheese here in the US, coming in second after Mozzarella.  Varieties include: Sharp, Extra Sharp, Farmhouse, Irish, Aged Cheddar, Smoked Cheddar

Soft Bloomy Rind Cheese - or ripened soft cheese (which also includes goats cheese as mentioned above) and also includes some of our favorite cheese plate offerings:  Brie and Camembert.  Both of these have the bloomy rind which is a rind that is soft, velvety and fluffy in texture and yes, edible and a soft creamy buttery interior that oozes at the peak of ripeness.

  • Brie is a soft cows milk cheese that originated in Brie France, it's flavor profile varies but can be described as earthy, mushroomy, grassy and nutty.  Cream is added to Brie and types can include "double-creme" brie and "triple-creme" brie which is directly related to the amount of butter fat in the cheese (60-75% for a double creme and greater than 75% for a triple creme).  

  • Camembert is also a soft ripened bloomy rind cheese made from cows milk and originated in Camembert, Normandy France. It is very similar to brie but tends to have a bit of a more intense earthy flavor.  It's ripened usually in smaller wheels and does tend to become creamier than brie when warmed.  

Goats Cheese - or what most call "chevre" which is French for goat is typically a soft cheese, tart and earthy in flavor.  Varieties can be unripened or ripened and range in texture from moist and soft to semi firm and hard.  Unripened goats cheese (fresh goats cheese) is typically what we pick up in the grocery store, it's creamy and tangy.  Ripened goats cheese or aged goats cheese, typically have a soft velvety outer white mold casing and a creamy interior with a bit more complexity from the aging process.  

Washed Rind Cheese - Commonly referred to as "stinky cheese". Washed rind cheeses are plump and moist with pungent aromas and intense flavors.  These more savory punchy cheese varieties get their name and strong aroma from having their rinds washed with different types of alcohol from cider to beer to brandy. The flavors of washed rind cheese can't be judged by their initial distinctive aroma, they actually taste different and milder than the smell of the rind.

Semi Hard or Hard Cheese - Hard cheeses have a lower moisture content than your soft cheeses and are typically packed in molds under greater pressure and aged for longer periods of time. Flavors are usually sharper, sometimes salty, sweet nuttty and rich. Varieties include cheddar (as mentioned above), aged gouda, parmesan, pecorino, manchego and alpine style cheese.

 

The Do's and Don'ts of Cheese and Jam Pairings

1. For most cheese pairings, especially when you are serving a more sophisticated cheese, do not pour the jam over the cheese.  Serve it alongside the cheese on a cheese board and let your guests pair as they choose.  An exception to this is with cream cheese.  It's simple and casual and can be served mixed in, on the side or poured over top.  For most other cheese plates, serve as an accompaniment to let the cheese shine.

2. This is my opinion, but not every jam should be served with cheese.  Jams and spreads made with dried fruit such as fig or date or with fruits such as pear, cherries, apple and quince are traditional and classic pairings. Their are just some jams that don't pair particularly well with cheese. Grapefruit marmalade and strawberry kiwi jam are better options for toast. 

3. Serve your cheese at room temperature.  Take it out of the fridge an hour before serving.

4.  Use a separate knife for each cheese so the stronger more pungent cheeses don't taint the others.

5. Serve accompaniments that enhance the cheese plate but don't over do it.  Simple is best and make sure you choose accompaniments that compliment each other.  Accompaniments include a variety of crackers and breads, charcuterie such as salami or pate, pickles, nuts, honeycomb, fresh fruit such as grapes and sliced pear and of course 1 or 2 savory jams and spreads that compliment a variety of cheese.

6.  If you have more than a couple guests, make sure you do a big enough spread.  You don't want all your cheese and accompaniments on a small board with guests having to wait to get in on the action.

7. Choose a variety of cheese but not too many - a mix of 4 cheeses is a good amount. You can choose between varying textures and styles of cheese:  In example, a blue cheese, an aged cheddar, a washed rind and a soft bloomy rind cheese.  Another great recommendation is choosing cheese based on different milk sources - a mixture of sheep, cow's, goats milk cheeses.

8.  Serve complimentary wines and beer that also add to the cheese tasting experience.

Shop The Total Collection of Wozz! Cheese Pairing Spreads

 

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Not Your Ordinary Beet Spread | Our Signature Condiment and the Unsung Hero of Wozz! Kitchen Creations

Our signature baby and my all round favorite and unsung hero of the Wozz! family of creations. If you haven't heard, beetroot is big back home. You order a salad roll from you local cake shop. Boom Beets! Salad sandwich from the school canteen. Boom Beets! A classic Australian burger from anywhere in the country, you'll get fried egg, bacon and Boom!!! (you got it... pickled beets) I never met anyone who hated beets until I moved overseas. I didn't understand at first, but after sampling pickled beets of the world, it became quite obvious. Pickled beets anywhere else in the world can be hit and miss and kind of suck when they do miss.

The first assumption, of course, is that our wonderful spiced beet spread is nothing more than pickled beets with curry powder. That bright yellow stuff. Which couldn't be further from the truth. We do a personal blend of over thirty spices, slow cooked for a minimum of six hours in the tradition of any classic Indian curry. Fresh ground spices traditionally fried in ghee with the addition of finely chopped onion garlic and ginger. We choose spice flavors so to layer one on top of the next. With bottom heavier sweeter spices like clove and cumin building a foundation for the lighter brighter flavors of coriander seed, mango, black pepper and bay leaf until you find that balance and full mouth feel. Our personalized Wozz! Indian curry paste I would have to say is in the Korma realm in terms of flavor, but a little heavier overall. Although it's the first word on the label we still want the character of beets to be the front man and our blend of spices an accompaniment of backup singers only.

Most people will happily agree, a touch of clove, cinnamon or cumin all work well with the deep earthiness of beets, along with orange peel, black pepper and bay leaf. How about  all of these spices plus a few more.  Some people at first glance are not sure if this can work, but believe me it does. A rack of lamb served over a bed of mild beet yogurt curry is one of those dishes and dining experiences that has stuck with me since my chef apprenticeship and the inspiration behind the condiment in the first place.

Fast reverse to 2004, somewhere in the south of France aboard some luxury sailing something or another, I looked at channeling this "beet" love affair for the owners of that particular yacht. I had a simple beef Fillet Mignon dish, served with a creamy garlic potato puree and wilted spinach. I wanted a little something for color and sweetness. Being beets and beef a wonderful combo the conclusion was simple..... but I needed a twist. I was pulled back to that wonderful Indian beet curry with lamb and thought about how to bring part of that experience to this dish. Our Indian Spiced Beetroot "chutney" was born. That perfect balance of jammy sweet, acid with a background of toasted cumin and warm mild Indian spices.

This all happened on the second yacht of my career and evolved each time I made it as well as how I used it. I'd use a quenelle to accent a cheese plate. Rusticly spoon it through a salad with walnuts and crumbled feta. Mix it through a cream cheese or greek yogurt for a dip or Tatziki. It just became so darn versatile to use for both guests and crew alike. It was gourmet, unique and special enough for guests, but still nuts and bolts real food for feeding the crew.  It got to the point that a batch would be made before each charter, as it was a brilliant little condiment to have on hand if I needed to whip something up last minute.  It wasn't for another seven years and the final yacht of my career that the idea to do more with it came. That last yacht had the most diverse crew. Canadians, Irish, French, English all with very different backgrounds and different tastes, but all knew something when it tasted great. We were based in Italy and Croatia and everyone loved this beet thing that kept turning up for crew meal, until finally, one day it was said "you should jar and sell this stuff" it's that good. Voila six months later we turned it into a business.

 

 

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