I was asked to do a taste-test challenge using Red Gold Tomatoes. I was asked to compare the Red Gold Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies and another leading brand. You know I am all about food so I said yes.
Here is a little info about Red Gold: Red Gold has been around since the 1940s focusing on growing local in the Midwest where true seasons impact the flavor of tomatoes. The Midwest, while it's cold in the winter, has the perfect growing season for tomatoes, perfect angle of the sun, perfect temps -- and even the winter is good for tomatoes, as it breaks up the soil for tiny root systems. Red Gold grows its tomatoes in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
I really wanted to see if there is a difference in the type of tomatoes one purchases so I agreed to the taste test. I decided to try the Queso Dip recipe from the Red Gold site. I LOVE Queso Dip. It is one of those dishes that is just good. I could eat Queso all day long. Here is the recipe:
Servings: 12 Preparation Time: 05 minutes Cook Time: 05 minutes
1 (10 ounce) can Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies 1 pound (16 ounces) pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed
- In microwave safe bowl combine the RED GOLD® DICED TOMATOES & GREEN CHILIES and cheese. Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted; stir after 2 minutes.
- Serving suggestions: Serve with hot bread sticks, tortilla chips or assorted fresh vegetables. Add 1/2 pound ground beef for a variation.
That's how easy Queso is. So it was easy to make two batches using the Red Gold Tomatoes and the Rotel variety of tomatoes. To complete the taste test, I recruited my hubby. I also took the test as well.
We tried the Red Gold Queso first then the Rotel Queso. Here is the verdict:
Hubby: He thought both were delicious. He couldn't decide which was the better one so he continued eating both!
Me: I tasted both. I felt that the Rotel was good. The Red Gold was good as well. I preferred the Red Gold because the tomatoes were spicier. I also thought the tomatoes were sweeter. The Rotel brand was a little tinny and the green chilies were sharp. The Red Gold tomatoes had a more mellow flavor. Overall, my vote went for the Red Gold.
There you have. One vote for Red Gold and then hubby not really caring as long as it is Queso. LOL There are brads you discover and then stick with them. I am lucky that Red Gold is a brand found in North Carolina.
I also have a treat for one lucky reader. I have a gift pack of Red Gold Tomatoes to giveaway. The pack will include several varieties of the Red Gold line. I especially like the Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano. And I am now a huge fan of their Tuttorosso Tomatoes. So if you want to win, just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below!
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