This is just a total food babble post, sometimes I just ramble on and on and after too long I stop and wonder if anyone really cared what I was saying or was just being nice. But yesterday I think this guy was truly grateful for my food babble.
I am in the grocery store in the baking isle, down a one end, while at the other end there is an older gentleman with a younger woman (younger than him, older than me) who it seemed by the conversation had been doing some online recipe searching and was going to brave some Jamaican cuisine. They were looking for Rum Extract or Imitation Rum, of which the store had neither. So then they did something that always rattles my nerves, they asked the store clerk (a stock guy who happened to be working on the floor and was grabbed by these nice folks) about what is the difference and actual cooking questions and then (I may have missed part of the conversation) they asked “Do you know what Bitters are?” to which the guy just spewed a bunch of BS that was not even close to the truth, but I can’t blame him, he was just trying to be nice and helpful.
At this point I could not help myself anymore and walked over and butt into the conversation. So for starters every since I read about Castoreum, I have stopped using imitation flavor. GOOGLE IT!! I know it may be overly paranoid, but I just can’t do it. It is used commonly to flavor vanilla, raspberry and Strawberry flavored items. I did not disclose any of this but I mentioned that they might want to use extract when possible, and asked if they were against using straight rum? They were not and I told the woman, who seemed pretty internet savvy, how to look up details on cooking with rum. They guy was super interested and asked me all kinds of questions. Then came the question about Bitters, apparently they have been hearing about them and wanted to know more, why was it the buzz? OH GEEZ HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE?? I should have just gone and got a drink with them!
Here is the dictionary version:
bit*ters : a bitter alcoholic liquid that is used especially in mixed drinks
Hmmmm………so that does not exactly make people want to run out and experiment with them does it?
Here is the Wikipedia version:
A bitters is an alcoholic beverage flavored with herbal essences that has a bitter or bittersweet flavor. Numerous brands of bitters were formerly marketed as patent medicines, but are now considered to be digestifs rather than medicines.
That is little bit better.
I tried to explain it the best I could, which seemed to hold their attention and then told them they should check out the AZ Bitters Lab website. This way they could see some unique flavors, read some recipes and get some ideas on how they are used.
The average grocery store, if they even have Bitters, only offers 1-2 options, which I image if you have never tried them before might not let you see what all the “Hype” was about.
After I answered all their questions the guy seemed so grateful (I think he may not be as internet savvy) and kept thanking me for the information. He made me feel like the grocery store super hero!!
Today I kind of wish I got their name and number so I could see how it all turned out with their Jamaican dinner party.
Thanks for listening to today’s episode of food babble!!
**If you like this Story read a previous one posted called Cocktails, Peaches, Bourbon & Bitters, a great read!!\