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Thursday, February 9, 2012

San-J Gluten-Free Sauce Review-Something Excellent!

Last week, I found an IN....that is a way to come into my son's high school class without hearing, "Mommmmmmmmm, No!" I am happy to say, that I was actually welcomed, and anticipated (rumor has it, he had been telling people for days that I was coming). What did I do? I know a lot of you other moms already guessed this, but I brought in FOOD. Of course I did........
This wasn't just any food, this was quality food. I received a case of San-J Sauces to review. Honestly, I wanted to keep them all to myself, because I am sauce-crazy. But, like many of you, there is nothing I wouldn't do to build the relationship with my 15 year old.

Here is why I was so excited to share San-J with a group of 10 at the high school: They are gluten free, all natural, and use some organic ingredients. I was recently turned on to checking ingredients for all of these things. I want to make sure I lend a hand in sharing knowledge with the next generation.

San-J was founded in 1804 by the Sato family of Kuwano, Japan. The family built up a reputation of being the largest and most prestigious producers of Tamari. Eight generations later, the company is still going strong. In 1987, they opened a brewery in Virginia. Because they take pride in their work, and pay attention to details, the result is an excellent, high quality product.

What is Tamari? Some call it soy sauce, and it is. The difference is that Tamari is made with 100% soybeans, brewed naturally for up to 6 months. The other "soy sauce" is a combination of soy and wheat, resulting in a more bitter, acidic taste. Tamari is richer and smoother, all natural, gluten-free, NON-GMO project verified, and certified Kosher.

Now to the good stuff: What we ate. Honestly, I was starting to find my daily lunch of hummus a little ho-hum. Then, I added San-J Thai Peaut to the dip. WOW. I loved it. I wondered if a group of high school aged kids would? Surprisingly, it was a crowd favorite! What else did I bring? I ad-libbed a little and brought my version of Polynesian Kebabs. I cut the pork loin and veggies and pineapple into bite-sized pieces, and put it over rice. The Sweet & Tangy sauce dish was an absolute hit! I also cut up chicken strips and gave everyone the chance to try the remaining sauces: Szechuan, Teriyaki, Orange, and Asian BBQ. Everyone seemed quite happy. A week later, a mom of one of the kids stopped to tell me how much her son loved the foods and sauces! Think about that: a week later, and people were still talking about sauces. That should tell you about the QUALITY of simply lasts.

You will be happy to know that you can buy San-J sauces at most grocery stores. If you can't find it in the store you shop, I would say to tell the store owner/manager. You really want to have these sauces! If you would like, you can also purchase online. There are plenty of ways to get the excellence to your table.

*Cathy received products from San-J as compensation, but was not required to write this review. Her opinions are all hers.*


  1. What a great way to get involved with your child's education. Food is a great motivator for teenage students. It sounds as though the school and teacher were very gratious hosts.

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  3. Way to go Cathy for getting into the schools and letting the kids and teachers alike find healthy treats!


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