Sunday, September 20, 2009

Steak Marinade (A Product Review)

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the folks at Amazing Taste Foods asking if I would like to try out their line of seasonings. First of all, heck yeah! I never turn down freebies. And secondly, I have never before been contacted by any company asking me to try and review their products. I was flattered, for sure! I know that many of the larger and more popular food blogs out there must get asked time after time to test products, but for me, this very first time was kind of a milestone and I feel like my little blog has finally been noticed.

To be honest, I don't normally use spice packets. This isn't because I don't like them, but rather because since I have such a large variety of spices on hand, it only makes sense for me to use what I already have. I think packets are great though for people who don't keep a lot of spices and for them to have to go out and purchase seven or eight different spices just to try one marinade, doesn't make a lot of dollar sense. These Amazing Taste packets are only $.99 each and for that reason alone, I endorse the usage of them.

I used a marinade recipe that they included in my package. It's a very simple marinade using the packet for beef, a quarter cup of olive oil, a quarter cup of water, beer, or wine, two tablespoons of soy sauce, one tablespoon of Worchestershire sauce, and two teaspoons of coarse black pepper. Marinate for at least fifteen minutes and then grill.

The flavor was wonderful. Just the right combination of spices. For this very first product review on The Other Side of Fifty, I'm giving this product an 8 out of 10.


Barbara Bakes said...

I love to take packets on camping trips or vacations. I'll have to look for this brand!

Lady P said...

okay - those photos are making me salivate. i like barbara bakes idea - nice to have around for camping or cooking on the fly

Mags said...

Barbara: Now that's a great idea! Packets would be great for the convenience factor... in not having to lug along all your spice bottles.

Lady P: The steak was delicious! Thanks!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Yum... Your steaks look tasty! I have used the Amazing Taste packets a few times - they're great for when I lack the inspiration to come up with something on my own, and I fully agree with you that the price is good... especially if you don't already have all of the spices on hand. Great way to try new flavors without breaking the bank to buy lots of new spices!

Mags said...

Jen: Exactly! I can see these being great for new wives, homemakers,and cooks.

June said...

mmm...they do look convenient and hey, if you give them an 8 out'a 10,they've got to be good. Your pics are fabulous!

HoneyB said...

I have tried these out also. They are great to have on hand for when you are short on time (or having someone other than you marinating the meat!). Definitely worth the price!

BTW, your blog is awesome. Your writing pulls people in and makes them want to come back AND your photos and recipes are ones that others want to make! Keep it up!

stephchows said...

gotta love honest product reviews :)

John said...

Congrats Mags!!! Your blog has arrived!!!!! ::thinking:: or perhaps someone thought that you needed more spice in your life : ) ( come on, it had to be said ) lol

Mags said...

June: Thanks. Steak always poses so well, don't you think?

Honey: Awww... thank you so much for your kind words and for supporting me!

John: LOL... and leave it to you to say it! Thanks for commenting.

Grace and Tiffany said...


Thanks for posting this thorough, honest and entertaining review! We linked to your excellent post on our blog, *Product Review Round-Up* under the category of Food & Beverages. The link is embedded in this listing:

Mags gives “Amazing Taste” steak marinade an 8 out of 10

Again, many thanks! And, Happy Trails to you!

Grace and Tiffany
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