We have finally gotten our first official product testing campaign underway! Back in June we asked people to write in and tell us why THEY would be the perfect product tester for our site. We got so many submissions it was a lot of work (and a lot of fun!) going through them all! We chose a core group of testers that we thought would best represent the scope of our readership, and really the scope of all kosher keepers. Our group consists of enthusiastic cooks, bloggers, and housewives of all ages, who volunteered to test the products we send their way.
I have a long-standing relationship with Eden Foods, so they were an obvious choice for our first campaign. Eden is one of the strictly kosher food companies who understand quality, and I have witnessed over the years their ongoing quest to find the best products available for their consumers. They have innovated methods within their own greenhouses that have raised the bar both in kashrut and quality. They also understand the importance of knowing your customer and what their needs are. Eden herbs and garlic cubes have become regular household staples, and allow people a taste of gourmet without the challenge of constantly purchasing and checking the fresh herbs for bugs. We couldn’t wait to send these herb and garlic cubes out for our first product testing campaign!
All beginnings have their challenges, and we had a good laugh when the products got to their destinations sooner than anticipated, and the email informing them of the impending arrival got there after the herbs did. There were Facebook conversations by confused recipients, who were wondering at the strange arrival of the mysterious herb cubes. Live and learn, as they say! We got some wonderful submissions and feedback regardless of the mix-up, and we are happy to present a compilation of some of the responses from our wonderful testers.
Here’s what some of our product testers had to say! Don’t forget to check their recipes as well!
p.s. I just had to use these cubes as well while this was all going on, so here’s MY recipe!
Perry Hack Moskovic from Queens, NY, says:
“After receiving the Eden Frozen Cubes I tried to use them in a variety of ways. At first my measurements were off and using them proved poor results. For example, 1 whole cube of the frozen garlic was far too strong for sauteing one bag of spinach. However, once I got a feel for it, the experience was much more positive. I used the garlic and dill in salad dressing and the results were superb. Tasted just like fresh herbs, without having to check, wash, dry and mince!!
In addition, I made a roasted chicken with the herbs that had all the bright herby and comforting taste you are looking for in roasted chicken. (Can you tell I am looking forward to fall.)
The only herb I didn’t like so much was the cilantro. I find cilantro to have a strong flavor to begin with and like it to be a more mild back note, though I do fall into the camp of cilantro lovers. However this seemed to be too much and too concentrated, no matter how little I used.
All in all, I think this i a great product. Very easy to use and for the most part get the fresh herd taste that you can NEVER get from dried spices and is very convenient. An excellent product to have on hand.”
Nossi Fogel, 28 yr old Male Certified Food Fanatic, who runs the kosher food blog www.thekoshergastronome.wordpress.com had alot of fun with our herbs! Nossi created a delicious Skirt Steak recipe that will have you all licking your lips. Step by step clear instructions and pictures included. Try his recipe out before BBQ season runs away!
Lois and Roberta from the ever popular Koshereye.com: Convenience, Convenience, Convenience
“Although some of our testing shipment arrived defrosted, we forged ahead with trying a few of the cubes. Here are our thoughts….
Enjoy pasta with basil in January; chicken soup infused with dill or parsley all winter; Guacamole with cilantro in January and garlic in everything, year round. Frozen Eden Herb Cubes encourage and allow the home cook to create dishes, with fresh-frozen seasonal herbs 12 months a year. We love the idea of having these spices “at the ready” in the freezer… popping out the cubes, no washing or checking for insects, and adding them to just about any cooked dish. And, we were delighted to see that the cubes are imported from Israel. Here’s one easy scrumptious casserole we have tried, and enjoyed.”
Aviva Horowitz, Washington Heights writes:
“As a lawyer with long hours, who still wants to serve home cooked meals, I’m always looking for easy ways to cut the preparation and cooking time- without sacrificing the flavors. As a result I was very excited to give the Eden Frozen Herbs a try, as washing and dicing/mincing herbs can often take up valuable time.
I used a simple, but delicious recipe for the hamburgers which I found on Cookkosher.com and is credited to Ami Bonen. What I really like about this recipe, is that it’s something different than the typical barbeque flavors, and uses ingredients that you are likely to have already in your pantry. Rather than using fresh chopped parsley as called for by the recipe, I used the frozen chopped parsley cubes.
I found it a little confusing to determine exactly how many of the cubes would be equivalent to the “bunch” of parsley the recipe called for. Some quick searching online revealed that a bunch of parsley is generally equivalent to about 2 ounces of chopped parsley, which equals about 16 of the frozen cubes (each package comes with 20 cubes). I was also concerned that the frozen cubes would not be easy to mix, but found that it easily broke apart when I mixed it with the Dijon mustard and onions using my immersion blender.
The burgers were delicious and I couldn’t taste any difference between the how they taste with the fresh parsley, than how it tasted using the frozen parsley. My only question about using the the cubes in the future is whether it will be cost efficient as I had to use 4/5 of the package to make this particular recipe.
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Sharon Matten, our friend and food blogger for those with a busy life at www.KosherEveryday.com says:
“Right now in the summer we have a plethora of fresh herbs and vegetables growing in our gardens and available at our local farmer’s markets. But sadly, the inclement winter weather is right around the corner. That’s when the Eden Frozen Cubes will come in handy (or when you just don’t have time to run to the store or grow your own fresh herbs!). They are incredibly easy to use, just pop the frozen cubes out of the containers, and they are easy to store in the freezer for a culinary emergency. I particularly love using the garlic for any recipe that requires crushed fresh garlic. Although fresh is always best, these cubes are a close second best….and easy works for me!”
Gilly Rosenthol from Quincy, Massachusetts, says:
“I’ve tried the garlic and cilantro cubes so far. I’ve only used them in places where the garlic or cilantro would be cooked; I don’t think they’d be a suitable substitute for fresh, especially for the cilantro. I used them in this recipe, which is a bit of a patchkerai, but really delicious. I originally found it on The Pioneer Woman Cooks and adapted it to be kosher. The cubes are definitely a convenience, especially when I don’t have the required ingredient on hand, but aren’t quite as good as the fresh thing, in my opinion; I might try upping the amounts next time.”
Devora Lehrer, popular blogger at www.couponingtocooking.blogspot.com says:
“I received a shipment from Eden Frozen Herbs and as instructed placed them in the freezer. They sent me five different packs – Parsley, Cilantro, Garlic, Basil, and Dill, I was so excited to use them! I looked for recipes this Shabbos that contained herbs so I could try out as many as possible. I used the garlic in several dishes; easy garlic sugar snap peas, Honey Garlic wings, and salad dressings. I used the parsley and basil in confetti corn and dill in cucumber salad. The herbs were extremely easy to use and tasted just like using fresh herbs. I got rave reviews and it was all eaten up!”
Evelyn Marcus-Wheeler of Potomac, Maryland, says:
“I have an herb garden and there is no substitute for fresh herbs in many instances. Since I am overwhelmed with parsley and basil, I did not use either one. Also, I found the texture of the defrosted herbs to be a bit mushy and limited my use to sauces and soups. I have a friend who uses the cubes frequently and would love to share some recipes in exchange for some cubes. (I can offer her some of mine)
I used the garlic and dill the most. The first time I used the garlic was with oven roasted asparagus and the consensus was they were not subtle enough. The second use was with oven roasted cauliflower. I sauteed the cubes for a minute in evo and then sprinkled the garlic over the cauliflower along with evo, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. This was tasty. I tried adding the garlic to a stir fry without sauteeing it and again it did not work. (I also grew my own garlic for the first time this year and loved it)
I had better luck with the dill and think it may be the subtlety of the herb that works. I substituting it for fresh dill in a carrot and honey recipe and also used it in a mustard dill sauce for poached salmon. I also used it in a baked fish.
I did not have enough time to use the cilantro but plan to add it to substitute it for fresh cilantro in a corn salad.”