Coconut Secret Amino Sauces

I love sauces. BBQ sauces. Tomato sauce. The orange sauce that costs my favorite orange chicken at my local take out Chinese place. Sauces are a great way to really deliver flavor to the tongue. They are the first thing you taste when you bite into whatever they are coating. I love making my own sauces but am not against of giving others a try, especially when they are unique and hard to make at home. This brings me to a pair of sauces that I tasted at Whole Foods Market made by Coconut Secret. They are known for their many coconut based products – aminos, vingear, oil, and even snack bars. The sauces I am reviewing here today utitlize their coconut aminos.

What are Coconut Aminos?
Coconut aminos are made from the sap of the coconut tree. It is naturally aged and is fermented. Coconut secret adds sun dried sea salt. Coconut aminos can be used as an alternative to soy sauce. It contains no wheat like some soy sauces do, thus it is gluten free. The name aminos comes from the 17 amino acids that are within.

As with a lot of things in the store, soy sauce has been cheapen for the sake of time and most importantly profits. Most commercial soy sauces do not undergo the traditional fermentation process that came them better flavor and more health benefits. Instead mass produce soy sauces is produced quickly and with lots of added salt to make up for the lack of natural flavor. If you buy the generic cheap soy sauce you are no doubt getting exactly what your paying for.

In terms of comparing the flavor of soy sauce to coconut aminos, I find them to be comparable with coconut aminos being more sweet and less salty than most soy sauce. I think that most people wouldn’t be able to tell that you used them over soy sauce unless you told them.

Coconut aminos are the base for the two sauces from Coconut Secret I am about to talk about.

Garlic Sauce
The ingredients for the garlic sauce : Organic Coconut Sap, Organic Garlic, Sea Salt, Organic Ginger, Organic Cayenne Pepper. The sauce is very well balanced. It is sweet with plenty of garlic flavor and the spice of the ginger and cayenne. I tried with some sauteed asparagus and mushrooms – a winning combination for sure. Add it at the very end of cooking and let it steam for a moment to slightly reduce, carmelize, and coat the vegetables. Use it to flavor any vegetables or rice.

Teriyaki Sauce
The ingredients for the teriyaki sauce : Organic Coconut Sap, Sea Salt, Organic Onion, Organic Ginger, Organic Garlic, Organic Cayenne Pepper. The difference in this sauce is that it contains onion with less garlic. A wonderful sauce to use on chicken or pork. You could use it as a marinade or just add it at the end or at the table. I have to say that I do like the flavor of the garlic sauce just a hint better, but that doesn’t mean this one isn’t a winner itself.

Both these sauces are uniquely flavorful and since I don’t have any coconut sap I can gather in my backyard this one of the few bottled sauces that’s worth the money. To find them in your area, use Coconut Secret’s store locator. You can also purchase the sauces online, see link below (this is an affiliate link)


Whole Foods Market Turkey Prices 2015

It’s once again that time of year. My favorite time of year to be a food blogger. Why? Because I get to spend the next several weeks talking turkey. What is not to love about that? Up first this season. One of my favorite things to do is share the prices and selection of turkeys in stores across the country. I love seeing what’s going on from coast to coast and sharing that information with you – the blog reader. This season we are going to kick it off with a nationwide look at what Whole Foods Market is offering up in the way of turkeys this season.

Whole Foods Laguna Beach

Why Buy a Turkey at Whole Foods
If you are looking for more than just the cheapest, frozen bird you can find, if you want something organic, or fresh range or one of those really cool heritage birds you may have heard about on TV, then Whole Foods may be the place for you. Each store has a holiday order table, where you can pre-order your Thanksgiving bird and pick it up when you are ready.

whole foods market huntingon

Location and Choices Vary
As it is often in life, it is all about location, location, location. The selection varies based on what region your store is in. Whole Foods is divided into 11 U.S. regions. Some regions have a much larger selection than others. If I had the choice I wish I could have the selection in the western regions. Here is a link to a pdf file showing you how the company is divided up. The selection and price should be very similar within a region, although you will see some “value stores” where prices are lower (the Detroit, Michigan store is usually one of those stores for example). Checking with your local store will give you the best information.

All turkeys sold at Whole Foods have to meet these following standards:

1. 5-Step® Animal Welfare rated
2. No antibiotics
3. No animal by-products in their feed
4. No Added solutions or injections
5. No added growth hormones

Whole Foods sells organic turkey but not all of their turkeys are organic, so make sure you look for the word “organic” if that is what you want. To learn more about organic turkeys, check out my post What is an Organic Turkey?

My Recommendations
Diestel turkeys available in regions 2,3, 5, or 11 (western regions) are highly recommended. Check out my post on 9 reasons to buy a Diestel Turkey. If you live on the east coast, I recommend Jaindl turkeys, who raise a turkey breed unique to their farms with more edible meat per pound. Their turkeys may be found under the Whole Foods Market label but it should read on the packaging “Grown and processed by Jaindl Family Farms”. Check my post on Why You Should Buy a Janidl turkey. You will find a link to a map of what Whole Foods locations carry Jaindl turkeys.

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2015 Whole Foods Market Turkey Price List by Region

Region 1 Pacific Northwest

Prices from a store in Seattle, Washington
Organic Whole Turkey $3.99/lb
Raw Whole Turkey $2.69/llb
Whole Foods Market Whole Turkey $2.49/lb
Mary’s Free-Range Heritage Turkey comes from the Pitman Family Farm and are descended from the first breed of turkeys that existed in the United States. $5.99/lb

Region 2 Northern California

Why Buy Diestel Turkeys for Thanksgiving

Prices from store in San Francisco, California
Diestel Nature Bone-In Half Turkey Breast $5.99/lb
Diestel Nature Bone-In Full Turkey Breast $5.99/lb
Diestel Organic Bone-In Half Turkey Breast $7.99/lb
Diestel Organic Bone-In Full Turkey Breast $7.99/lb
Diestel Non-GMO Project Verified Turkey $3.49/lb
Diestel Heidi Organic Petite Turkeys $4.69/lb
Diestel Boneless Turkey Breast Roast $7.49/lb
Diestel Mediterranean Brined Turkey $4.99/lb
Diestel Original Brined Turkey $4.99/lb
Diestel Lemon Herb Brined Turkey $4.99/lb
Diestel Organic Boneless Turkey Breast Roast $8.99/lb
Diestel Pastured Raised Turkey $5.99/lb
Diestel Petite Turkeys $2.99/lb
Diestel Heidi Organic Turkeys $3.99/lb
Diestel Organic Heirloom Turkeys $4.99/lb
Whole Foods Market Turkey $2.69/lb

Region 3 Southern Pacific

Prices from store in Laguna Niguel (Orange County), California
Mary’s Free Range $2.79/lb
Mary’s Organic $3.99/lb
Mary’s Heritage $5.99/lb
Mary’s Brined Turkey $3.99/lb
Diestel Free Range $2.79/lb
Diestel Heidi’s Hens Organic Turkey $3.99/lb
Diestel Free Range Petite Turkey $3.29/lb
Mary’s Free Range Bone-In Turkey Breast $5.99/lb
Diestel Free Range Bone-In Breast $6.59/lb
Kosher Valley Turkey $3.99/lb
Mary’s Organic Bone-In Breast $7.99/lb
Diestel Heidi’s Hen Organic Bone-In Breast $7.99/lb
Mary’s Boneless Breast $6.99/lb
Diestel’s Free Range Boneless Turkey Breast $7.99/lb
Mary’s Organic Boneless Turkey Breast $8.99/lb
Heidi’s Hen Organic Boneless Breast $8.99/lb

Region 4 Midwest

Prices from store in Ann Arbor, Michigan (this my store!)
Nature’s Rancher Fresh Turkey $2.49/lb
Organic Turkey $3.99/lb
Valerie’s Family Organic Brined Whole Turkey $2.49/lb
Kosher Valley Kosher Turkey $3.99/lb
Bone-in Turkey Breast $4.99/lb
Boneless Turkey Breast $6.99/lb
Organic Bone-In Turkey Breast $6.99/lb

Please note that the stores in Lincoln, Nebraska and Detroit, Michigan have the following special prices:
Nature’s Rancher Fresh Turkey $1.99/lb
Organic Turkey $2.99/lb

Region 5 Southwest

Prices from store in Austin, Texas (the flagship store)
Bone-in Turkey Breast $5.99/lb
Boneless Turkey Breast $7.99/lb
Smoked Turkey $5.99/lb
Diestel All Natural Turkey $3.49/lb
Diestel Heirloom Organic $5.49/lb
Diestel Organic $4.49/lb
Nature’s Rancher $2.99/lb
Organic Bone-In Breast $7.99/lb
Organic Boneless Breast $8.99/lb

Region 6 North Atlantic

Prices from store in Boston, MA
Free Range Herb Rubbed Turkey $3.99/lb
Free Range Plain $2.69/lb
Free Range Brined Turkey $2.99/lb
Free Range Organic $3.99/lb
Koch’s Turkey Farm Heirloom Bronze $3.99/lb
Plainville Free Range $2.99/lb
Boneless Turkey Breast $6.99/lb
Brined, Boneless Breast $6.99/lb

Region 7 South

Prices from store in Atlanta, Georgia
Whole Organic Turkey $3.99/lb
Whole Foods Market Fresh Turkey $2.69/lb
Organic Bone-In Turkey Breast $5.99/lb
Bone-In Turkey Breast $4.99/lb
Bells & Evan Whole Brined Turkey $2.99/lb

Region 8 Florida

Prices from store in Miami, FL
Plainville Fresh Bone-in Turkey Breast $6.99/lb
Plainville Boneless Netted Turkey Breast $7.99/lb
Organic Fresh Turkey $3.99/lb
Fresh Brined Turkey $2.99/lb
Kosher Valley Fresh $3.99/lb

Region 9 Mid-Atlantic

Prices from store in Columbus, Ohio
Fresh Brined Turkey $2.99/lb
Fresh Boneless Turkey Breast $6.99/lb
Fresh Whole Heirloom Bronze Turkey Non-GMO Verified $3.69/lb
Fresh Bone-In Turkey Breast $4.99/lb
Whole Free Range Turkey $2.69/lb
Fresh Kosher Turkey $3.49/lb
Fresh Organic Turkey $3.99/lb

Region 10 Northeast

Prices from store in New York City, NY
Whole Foods Market Free Range Brined $2.99/lb
Whole Foods Market Free Range $2.69/lb
Whole Foods Market Organic Free Range Turkey $3.99/lb
Plainville Turkey $2.99/lb
Plainville Organic $3.99/lb
Koch’s Free Range Heirloom Bronze $4.99/lb
Kosher Valley Turkey $3.99/lb
Plainville Brined Turkey Breast $6.99/lb (bone-in), $7.99/lb (boneless)
Plainville Turkey Bone-In Breast $5.99/lb
Plainville Boneless Breast $6.99/lb

Region 11 Rocky Mountain

Prices from store in Denver, Colorado
Brined Turkey $2.99/lb
Nature’s Rancher $2.49/lb
Diestel’s Natural $3.99/lb
Diestel’s Non-GMO Project Verified $3.89
Diestel’s Petitie Whole Turkey $3.99/lb
Kosher Valley Farms $3.99/lb
Diestel’s Organic $4.99/lb
Diestel’s Organic Heirloom $6.99/lb
Diestel’s Step 5+ Pasture Raised $6.99/lb


Wallaby Sour Cream

Have you ever been in this situation – it’s Taco Tuesday, you have worked your butt off to make some of the tastiest tacos you ever made. You did it all the right way. You used grass fed beef. Instead of grabbing an overpriced pack of taco seasoning, you used spices you collect from the bulk section at Whole Foods. You even toasted your cumin seeds before grinding them in your spice grinder, a.k.a. your coffee grinder. You purchased the best local tortillas. You bought heirloom tomatoes that you diced to perfection. Instead of boring old iceberg lettuce, you are using a mix of arugula and baby kale. Bring your creation to the table where some freshly grated Mexican cheeses await. And as you put it altogether, you top it all off with some generic store bought sour cream that has more ingredients in it than the rest of your entire meal. All your hard work just to be topped with an inferior product that leaves you with an artificial greasy taste in your mouth. We can’t have that!

How can one assure that this situation never happens in their home. That leads me to the next installment in my series “Whole Foods Finds”. These are great products that you need to seek out at your local Whole Foods. Today I want to share with you the best sour cream I ever had – Wallaby Organic Sour Cream. It’s time to add a little bit of Australian to your tacos (ok, actually the company is American, but they were inspired by time spend in Australia, just roll with it).

What’s Makes Wallaby Organic Sour Cream So Good?
It all begins with the texture. Velvet is the first word to come to mind. This sour cream is smooth and thick. The thickest sour cream I have ever seen. Not runny in the least bit. It is rich in flavor and not too tangy. The sour cream contains just two ingredients – Organic Cultured Pasteurized Cream and live active cultures (L. acidophilus, bifidus, L. cremoris, L. lactis, L. paracasei.) A lot of sour creams are “watered down” with nonfat milk such as Organic Valley sour cream that has Organic Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk as it’s first ingredient. Of course that makes it cheaper to make and it has less fat, but I want the best sour cream and Wallaby is that.

More Reasons to Buy this Sour Cream
1. The sour cream is also made from cream from cows that meat the USDA standards for being raised organic.

2. Wallaby sources local, small family farms for their milk – so your are supporting these families when you buy Wallaby products. Check out their website to learn more about these farms.

Why is it called European Style?
Again it goes back to the culture used to make the sour cream. Other styles of sour cream use acidifiers to make sour cream. Your cheap store brand sour creams are this style. It’s a quicker process that is cheaper but don’t produces a sour cream with the depth of flavor of the European style.

Wallaby Sour Cream Sale Whole Foods Market

How Does It Cost?
The everyday price of this sour cream is $2.99 . But the good news is that it is often on sale at least in my region. It seems like once a month or every other month. The sale price is typically around $2.39 for the 16 ounce tub. That’s not a bad price considering that you are getting a sour cream that is organic and made of pure cream. Look for at your local Whole Foods and make sure to check out some Wallaby’s other products – I especially think their Kefir is the best as well.


Catamount Hills Cheese

Let’s welcome back a series of my blog, dedicated to things that I find at Whole Foods Market. These items are special items that I either encountered there for the first time or are exclusives to Whole Foods. Today I am going to talk about one of those exclusives. Many of you have probably heard of Cabot. Their cheeses can be found all over the country in stores like Walmart, Kroger, Meijer, etc.

What’s So Special About Catamount Hill Cheese
Even thought Cabot cheese is sold all over, their Catamount Hills cheese is an exclusive to Whole Foods Market. The sticker describes the cheese as “A hand-selected, hard Italian-type cheese with notes of swiss and Parmesan flavors.” It is a type of cheddar cheese. When I offered a sample up to my wife, the first thing she said is that is tastes like swiss and Parmesan together. The milk that this cheese comes from was produced by cows that are never given artificial growth hormones. The cheese also contains 0 grams of lactose.

How Much Did This Cheese Cost?
Is it a regular part of their rotation of 3 day sales cheese. Every Friday to Sunday, you will find some cheese in their cheese department on sale. I have seen Catamount Hills make a couple apperance in that rotation. Normally the cheese is priced at $8.99/pound. For this 3 day sale it was $4.99/lb – which is a fantastic value.

Does Catamount Hills Cheese Melt Well?
This cheese is a wonderful melter. Grilled cheese fan? Totally go for it.

Kid Approved Mac & Cheese
My 7 year old daughter was not really feeling mac & cheese that night, but after she ate it said it was the best mac & cheese. My other daughter asked for 3 helpings of it. To say it was a hit with the kids would be underestimate. I know it’s not hard to get kids to like mac & cheese, but I have turned mine into mac & cheese snobs. I can’t just throw any cheese in the sauce and call it a day (and just try and serve them the blue boxed stuff, you don’t even want to go there). They usually really go for a gouda & cheddar combo, but Cabot Catamount Hills did the work that it normally takes two cheeses to do. It’s aformentioned swiss & parmesan like flavor, really shines in the mac & cheese. I was absolutely floored at what one cheese could accomplish all on it’s own.


Maple Vinegar

All like something new, now and again, right? I have been focusing more about shopping for food here at Eat Like No One Else, as those kinds of topics have been my most popular. So I am starting up a new weekly series on the blog talking about some of the best things that I have found at one of my favorite stores to shop at, Whole Foods Market. If you take some time to look around you may find some things you never knew where there. I am finding items all the time that I have never seen elsewhere. Whole Foods does sell many produce exclusive at their stores, such as Three Sisters cereal.

For the series, each week I will highlight something you is unique, tasty, a great value, etc. Let’s get right into the first selection. What happens when you take maple syrup and combine with a vinegar made from the same thing? The perfect combination of sweet rich maple syrup with the acidity of vinegar. What a brilliant idea! I love how you think at first you are just having maple syrup and that acidic bite of the vinegar hits your tongue and you realize you have met your match. I was glad to grab a bottle while it was on sale.

This vinegar is made by PurNatur, a member of the Citadelle Maple Syrup Producers’ Cooperative. Not a whole lot of information about them.

What to Use Maple Vinegar For?
If you are in a rush and need a salad dressing (I am sure that is your worst nightmare) you can just pour on a little bit of the maple vinegar and your ready to go. Got to love a vinegar that you can use as a salad dressing all by itself. Of course you can add oil, and some salt and create for yourself a simply vinaigrette (exactly what I ate tonight). Besides dressings you can use at as a part of a marinade. Or next time you bake a ham you can use it as part of a glaze. Just add your favorite mustard. Might be the best ham you ever had! What do you think might be a good use of this vinegar?

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I'm Eric. I live in Ann Arbor, MI with my wife, 3 kids, and a flock of ducks. I love grocery shopping, trying new fruits, farmer's market, and traveling.

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