Monday, July 16, 2012

Product review - Walden Farms sauces

Have you seen these "Walden Farms" products?  They have websites for Canada and the United States.  They sell "no calorie, no carb, no gluten" sauces, syrups, dressings, and so on.  What they really are, are water with thickeners and flavours and various chemicals, and therefore they're really not paleo per se.  However, if you're just starting out on paleo (or you're a low-carber rather than full-on paleo), they might be worth a look.

We've tried several of their salad dressings, including creamy bacon (decent), Thousand Island (a bit runny, but otherwise okay), balsamic vinaigrette (stick with a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, if you ask me), and Caesar salad (okay at first, but the taste gets strange after a while if you're eating a big salad).

We've also tried several other products, including their chocolate syrup (on homemade ice cream), which we found disappointing.  The "ketchup" isn't bad, and makes a nice break from using tomato paste (our usual condiment on burger patties, along with good mustard).  The mayonnaise was okay, but I think I prefer my homemade variety.  Finally, we've tried two of their dips, the bacon dip (nice and thick and bacon-y) and blue cheese (I was disappointed, but Mrs. Caveman liked it).

Other products they have (but that we haven't tried) include jams and jellies, barbecue sauce, and a "peanut spread".

So, long story short, I find their products to be uneven in terms of how much I like them, but they might be worth a look if you are looking at "normal" foods longingly while gnawing on your chunk of meat.  In Toronto, we generally find their products at the Low-Carb Grocery (as mentioned here previously) as well as at our local Valu-Mart grocery store.  Both the Canadian and US websites (as linked above) have "store locator" links so, if you're interested, you can find their products near you..

Notice:  I have not received any compensation or consideration for this post from the manufacturer of this product, or from any other third-party.