There have always been two passions in my life: art, and food. As a kid, I grew up wanting to be a chef. Perhaps it was brought on by the fact that the kitchen was the only civil place in an otherwise hectic household. There is just something about food that brings people together. But, about five years ago I crossed being a chef off my list of dream jobs. Mainly because I became a vegetarian. Can you picture a vegetarian deboning a duck? That has internal struggle written all over it – but that’s an entirely different story for another day.
As an adventurous eater, having the opportunity to try out Veri Peri was a gift from above. All of these sauces are wonderful, and since they’re both gluten free, and dairy free I wasn’t too worried about any health factors (I have a bit of an oversensitive digestive system).
Unlike other hot sauces which tout physical pain, Veri Peri is smooth and delivers a heat experience without being overwhelming. It offers cooks an exhilarating flavor experience and can be used directly in a favorite recipe, as a marinade for meat, poultry or fish, or as a condiment on burgers, pizza, chops dips and soups. With its range of five flavors, Veri Peri offers a wide variety of heat levels to satisfy any palate.
There were so many great things about these sauces; they were spicy, but they never got quite to the point of ‘physical’ pain. The heat in the sauce was merely a spice, not some kind of toxic burden with the main purpose of heat instead of flavor that hurts going in, but not as much as it does coming out.
The first sauce I tried was the lemon & herb. It was probably one of the best sauces I’ve ever used to marinate with a vegetable. I let the zucchini I was cooking with sit in the lemon & herb sauce with some olive oil for a good 30 minutes before coating it in a paste like substance made with saltine crackers, croutons, and more of the Veri Peri sauce. Let me tell you, that sauce was like some sort of rave inside my mouth, making my taste-buds dance some wild booty jerk (I doubt that’s even a thing, but this sauce made it a thing). And, the spicier sauces were top notch. The Hot was probably my favorite. That Bird’s Eye-Chili is a glorious thing. I’d love to dress it up and take it out on a date. But, I suppose I will just have to suffice with digesting it instead.
The only thing I think that Veri Peri could improve on is increasing the amount in which they sell these Veri Delicious sauces. I mean, COME ON! 4.22 oz is not nearly enough for people that like to eat. And, lets be honest, the people that will actually be taking their time to read this ity bity review are the type of people that like to eat. At least take it into consideration, Veri Peri Gods (and, I say “Gods” simply because nothing else could have created something so glorious as to induce booty jerking taste-buds).
Needless to say, I would recommend anyone that wants to try something a little bit different from their normal, day to day, run of the mill hot sauces. Veri Peri offers more than just heat, it offers a wonderful abundance of flavor. I’m sure once you wonderful readers decide to try it, you’ll end up fantasizing about bathing in these sauces. I know I do.
Veri Peri sauces retail for $4.99 each and can be purchased through Amazon.com
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