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NEW PRODUCT: McCormick & Lawry’s Sauces & Marinades

America’s major food manufacturers pour sweetener into everything from soup to salad dressing, so that products like barbecue sauce, which normally have their share of sweetener, are tantamount to “meat sugar.” But when Lawry’s 30 Minute Marinades, along with McCormick’s Grill Mates packet seasonings, arrived at our door, we gave them a try. And thank goodness, because this worldwide leader in spices turns out much finer BBQ sauces and marinades than many smaller specialty brands. We marinated tofu squares in Lawry’s Signature Steakhouse and Buffalo BBQ sauces and baked them at 400°F for 25 minutes for a delicious lunch.

McCormick Grill Mates marinades arrived in exotic, evocative flavors, Hawaiian Luau and Mojito Lime. In other hands, these types of flavors could be overwhelming or sticky sweet; McCormick’s marinades perfectly captured the flavor themes with finesse.

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Create a meal in just 30 minutes with Lawry’s Signature Steakhouse and Buffalo BBQ Marinades.

With Lawry’s Buffalo BBQ flavor, initial vinegar sweetness gives way to a nice burn of cayenne pepper and chili. A bite of the Signature Steakhouse reveals a popular taste with an acidic tang of Worcestershire and nice sting of pepper. These are sauces made for all America: they are flavorful but not potent.

On to the marindades. We liked the contrasting, smoky and bright flavors of the Mojito Lime. Peppery heat was backed by a refreshing sugary citrus punch. Hawaiian Luau did not evoke visions of volcanoes or guests in Hawaiian shirts (thank goodness!), but had a nice, even balance of tart pineapple and red pepper.

While all of the products contain high fructose corn syrup and other chemicals that would never get onto an “all natural product” list, as you have probably read, the jury is out as to whether it is the HFCS or all the bad eating habits and the level of over-sweetened food in general that have been responsible for obesity epidemic. We’re not supporting HFCS, but it didn’t stop us from enjoying these products.





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