Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Mango Sriracha Wings and Mango Peach Salsa

Recently a friend of mine has been in Costco and I asked him to buy me some stuff from there. One of the items that I got from there was a 5-pound bag of Mango Sriracha Glazed Chicken wings. Initially I asked for  Buffalo BBQ wings, since I know that they are always shelved right next to Honey BBQ wings ,but was told that there are none Buffalo wings. The person then told me that there is Mango wings, while failed to mention "Sriracha". I agreed to Mango wings instead of Buffalo, and thought how odd it would be for Costco to run out of Buffalo wings, since I know that their stock is pretty solid. I also thought about the oddness of Mango wings, and how could it pass the test kitchen. When I got the product into my hands, it made perfect sense: Mango Sriracha. I gotta say that I am not a big fan of the Sriracha sauce, I bought the bottle once, tried it; did not liked it, and it just stood in my fridge for over a year before I threw it out. The thought of Mango Sriracha glaze has intrigued me; spicy with somewhat sweet taste: a promising summer variation for wings.

Basicaly there are 5 pounds of wings, that are US inspected, and should be kept frozen for obvious reasons. The price for this bag was $13.99, or almost $2.80 for a pound, which is not that bad, since the local food mart charges up to $3.29 for a pound of raw wings.

The back of the packaging. I just noted the recommendation to use the wings with mango salsa, an item that I also got from Costco.

Frozen wings. They are decent-sized wings that are comparable to pizza parlor appetizer wings, not that tiny like the 7-Eleven sells them.

Microwaved wings, cooked for 4 minutes and 30 seconds. The glazing has splattered allover the microwave interior.

Close-up wings.

Inside of the drumette. These wings are pretty good, and I like to think of them as a variation from the average Buffalo Wings. They are spicy but also sweet, which is great. The only thing that I did not liked about these wings is that the drumettes had this kind of unfresh taste when I cooked the wings for under 4 minutes. When I cooked them for 4.5 minutes, this taste was almost all gone. This mystery taste was not present in the mid sections of the wings. I rate these wings 4.3/5.0. Value rating is 4.0/5.0.

The second product from Costco is the Mango Peach Salsa. Every time that I am in Costco or someone goes there and buys stuff for me, I buy this salsa. Once I ate almost whole jar of this stuff and had to go to bathroom like 8 times per day for the next 3 days, and poop out tiny bits of mangos, so I am careful with this stuff now. The price for Mango Peach Salsa was $5.29 or about $1.77 per pound, which is pretty good considering that Tostinos and Pace salsa is now under 16-ounces and cost anywhere from $3.19 to $3.49 per pound. I rate this salsa 4.5/5.0, it could have been 5.0 if the green herbs were not there. Value rating is 5.0/5.0.

Close-up salsa. The only thing that I was not too fond of was the green herb bits, I am not a fan of green herbs in general. The salsa also compliments Pringles potato chips very well in 2 chips per salsa scoop combination.

Wings and salsa, just like the back of the wings packaging recommends.

Empty canisters are also useful for storage of all kinds of stuff. I personally use one to store Comet cleaning powder, instead of those pesky cans that it comes packed in.

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