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John I. Carney

Sriracha sauce

Posted Thursday, October 25, 2012, at 8:34 AM
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  • Yet another reason we could really use a larger more competitive grocer in Shelbyville(my vote is Publix)

    Maybe we should have groveled and begged a little more when the opportunity was tabled.....I have found both mirin and star anise at Krogers here when needed but passed on both due to the freshness of products like that in this market...may a suggest using "seasoned" mirin (rice wine vinager)theres a large difference in taste....I use it when cooling sushi rice for flavor and stickiness....I am a major foodie so I find myself going to Murfreesboro to shop for groceries at least twice a month...and Whole Foods is a must at least once a month...Sriracha can be intense, just a teaspoon added to some foods can really kick things up....love the flavor tho...its one of those heats that when used right it adds flavor and not just heat...a few drops mixed with orange marmalade,and some of that Mirin sure makes a great dipping sauce for my panko crumb coconut fried jumbo shrimp ...yum!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 9:42 AM
  • Well, to be fair, a Publix in Shelbyville might not necessarily carry all the same items that a Publix in Murfreesboro or Franklin would carry, just as the Krogers in Murfreesboro carry more items than the Kroger in Shelbyville does. Selection is driven by population and demographics, which determine whether the store does enough business to support a particular product line.

    I remember when Bi-Lo expanded its Shelbyville store and they added some items like a loose olive bar in the produce section. They had different specialty olives, and you could pick and choose what you wanted and pay for it by weight. It was a nice thing to have, but it apparently didn't generate enough business to sustain itself in a market this size, and so it went away pretty quickly.

    My point was not to badmouth the local selection; I was doing just the opposite. I was saying that the stores already here carry more than people give them credit for, and you should at least take a look before giving up and saying "I can't cook that." Taking advantage of specialty items sold locally gives the stores the incentive to stock more.

    -- Posted by jcarney on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 10:45 AM
  • The only Asian staple I cannot find locally, neither Kroger nor Walmart, is rice paper wrappers for spring rolls. I see egg roll wrappers everywhere, but where would I find spring roll wrappers?

    -- Posted by craftin_mom on Tue, Oct 30, 2012, at 11:22 AM
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