Im a big believer in the quality and authenticity of smaller artisan grown or prepared foods. These tend to cost more than the local supermarket, and some, not all, are worth it. I like the idea of supporting these businesses - if Im going to put my money into prepared foods, it shouldnt all go to Kraft or General Foods. I recently ordered food items from 3 websites 2 were because of threads on this site, and 1 was an old favorite.
WWW.tunalovers.com sells Tuna Guys canned tuna. They offer cans of albacore tuna, smoked albacore tuna, smoked steelhead salmon, north pacific tiny shrimp, and Dungeness crab. They offer single cans, 12, or 24. I ordered from these guys because I used to live in Tacoma, Washington, and had friends that caught and canned their own albacore. I always thought that their product was so much better than anything in the supermarkets. Tuna Guys is much better than supermarket tuna the fish has more flavor, and it is firm and very white. It is packed without any additional oils and the salt level is much less than commercial canned tuna. The can of smoked tuna had a very light smoke flavor, and it tended to be dry even though packed in its juices. It was saltier, but not by much. They offer a pate recipe for the smoked fish I did not try it, but it sounded interesting.
Heres my problem. This is not as good as my memory told me that my friends tuna was. Im not sure whether this is because the tuna, while carefully canned in small batches is nevertheless canned by machine. My friend used ball jars in his kitchen. My friend also, Im pretty sure, added oil - probably olive oil. I remember eating his right out of the jar and smacking my lips. This tuna, like all commercial brands, needs help. It would absolutely make a better tuna salad than commercial maybe something Mediterranean with olive oil and capers. Now is that worth the extra bucks, if you are going to put it into a salad? If youre a canned tuna lover, Id say its worth a try.
WWW.gratefulpalate.com Theres really no reason to review this other than to say its a wonderful place to find so many artisan bacons from across the US. Each bacon should be reviewed on its own merit. The two packs Ive opened, one from Texas and the other from Missouri, were fantastic. The pepper cured one from Missouri was especially good. Im looking forward to the other 2 packs. It is not cheap, so it will have to be a treat. I do heartily recommend surfing over to their site.
WWW.ceebeescitrus.com Ive ordered Duncan grapefruits from these folks for a couple of years now. I also send them to family and friends. This is one of those expensive indulgences that I feel is definitely worthwhile. They are undoubtedly the best grapefruits Ive ever had. Their site offers the Duncans (a legacy or one of the original breeds that are not grown commercially because they have a lot of seeds and dont hold up as well in shipping). These are incredibly sweet and juicy the seeds are plentiful but easily avoided. They do stop shipping soon after March, so if youre interested this year get your order in soon.