The Chilli Jam Man

This weekend we have the North East Chilli Fest at Seaton Delaval Hall

North East Chilli Fest 2012The event starts at 10am and finished at 6pm on the Saturday and 10am to 5pm on the Sunday.

There is a fantastic selection of exhibitors including:-

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Simon Barrett is The Chilli Jam Man, a larger than life character who manages to draw quite a crowd at the shows he attends. He is from Yorkshire and if you were to cut him in half, like a stick of rock, it would say ‘Yorkshire’ ‘Chilli’ & ‘Jam’. If you meet Simon, it’s very clear he has a passion for what he does. At Chilefoundry we reviewed some of his range before, his early Oak Smoked Chipotle Jam, the Ginger Chilli Jam, the newer Smokey Chilli Jam and his Jamonnaise.

ultra jamsSimon started the company in June 2009 and has gone from strength to strength doing what he loves, adding to his range of Chilli Jams. There are now around 20 products in the range, including the latest additions, the Ultra Jam Signature Series. These are a set of 3 Jams which stand out from the crowd and are quite special, each one has roots with one of the original range, but have been given some special treatment and a boost in the heat level through various additions but one key feature is that each jam has whole Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Chilli) Pods in the jar to enable the jam to develop more flavour and heat over time.

podfatherSo here we have each Jam with it’s own review starting with the first Ultra Jam, ‘The Podfather’

The Podfather has been developed from Simons Yorkshire Dragon Chilli Jam with the addition of Bhut Jolokia Flakes and whole Bhut Jolokia Pods. Looking at the jam through the glass, it looks very similar to the other standard jams, nice and red with chilli seeds visible. The label really works with it’s black & white graphics keeping it simple and the familiar red name alongside.

Ingredients:

Tomato, Sugar, Red Wine Vinegar, Garlic, Ginger, Chilli (Bhut Jolokia, Birds Eye 6.7%) Balsamic Vinegar, Thai Fish Sauce (Anchovy Extract, Salt, Sugar)

Now I am expecting this to be hot, so on with the tasting. Removing the silver lid I can see the thick jam, a deep red, almost brown. The aroma hits my nose and gets my taste buds going so I brave half a teaspoon. Wow, there is certainly heat here and for a non extract product it is incredible but somehow still allows the garlic and ginger to come through. The burn is intense as you would expect with Bhut Jolokia Flakes and whole pods just adding to that. My saliva glands have gone into overdrive and the heat is an all round heat, mouth, throat, lips and tongue. They are all getting an equal share!

My only criticism is that the Jam is not very sweet, I just feel it needs a little more sugar to cut through the intense heat.

But all in all, a great flavour and amazing heat.

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(10/10)
Packaging
(9/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(8/10)

 

MOJONext is the Second Ultra Jam in the series, MOJO

MOJO is based around Simons “Hot Smoky Bhut” Chilli Jam, but again with the addition of smoked Bhut Jolokia Flakes and whole Bhut Jolokia Pods.

Once open, this jam is a lot darker in colour to the Podfather and has a great smoky aroma, and sitting there staring at me is one of the whole chilli pods! The taste of this is different and not just the smokiness, a quick look on the label and I see there are Sichuan Peppers present. These give their own unique twist to anything they are added to. The heat is just as ferocious as before, but the jam seems sweeter than the Podfather.

Ingredients:

Tomato, Sugar, Red Wine Vinegar, Garlic, Ginger, Chilli (Bhut Jolokia, Birds Eye 6.7%) Balsamic Vinegar, Thai Fish Sauce (Anchovy Extract, Salt, Sugar) Sichuan Peppers, Poured over Smoked Bhut Jolokia Flakes & Pods

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(10/10)
Packaging
(9/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(8/10)

 

GINJA NINJAAnd finally comes the Third Ultra Jam in the series, GINJA NINJA

GINJA NINJA is based around the Hot Ginger Chilli Jam and like the other two Ultra Jams, has the addition of Bhut Jolokia Flakes, whole Bhut Pods & whole Sichuan Peppers. The ginger comes through the heat nicely and so do the Sichuan Peppers, more so in this jam than the MOJO, they really give the mouth numbing and tingling effect coupled with the burn of the Bhut makes a very unusual sensation! This will be due to the fact that whole Sichuan Peppers have been added as well.

Ingredients:

Tomato, Sugar, Red Wine Vinegar, Garlic, Ginger, Chilli (Bhut Jolokia, Birds Eye 6.7%) Balsamic Vinegar, Thai Fish Sauce (Anchovy Extract, Salt, Sugar) Sichuan Peppers, Poured over Smoked Bhut Jolokia Flakes & Pods and whole Sichuan Peppers

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(10/10)
Packaging
(9/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(9/10)

So there you have it, the Ultra Jam series from The Chilli Jam Man. These are extremely hot and I defy anyone to spread one of these on their morning toast. I think these would work really well as a marinade or a glaze for roasting/BBQ’ing meat.

One thing I haven’t touched on is the price, these jars are £10 each or all three for £27, and that makes these the most expensive jams I have reviewed, but as a little goes a very long way due to the heat and also the contents are premium ingredients, I think the price is justified but then the customer will ultimately make that decision and as far as I know, these do sell very well.

Jars kindly supplied by The Chilli Jam Man

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January was a busy month for news items, with many companies announcing events and our postman has been busy delivering new product for review including The Chilli Jam Man, Twisted 7 sauces and Chilli Wizards amongst others. I would like to also welcome “Lady Cin” to the review team, who may be familiar and has reviewed for us in the past under a different name.

I have updated and collated as many UK Chilli Events as possible this last month on our Events Diary (Right hand side of Homepage) so people can plan their summer activities. It is worth pointing out that two of the larger events have recently changed their dates due to unforeseen circumstances. These are the 5th Upton Cheyney which is now only taking place on the one day, Saturday 7th September. The other is the Great Dorset Chilli Festival which is now taking place on the 3rd & 4th August.

So here we have the articles published in January:

News & General Information (In order of appearance)

 

Reviews (In order of appearance)

Recipes

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It’s always an exciting time here at Chilefoundry HQ when we receive new ranges of Chilli products in for review, especially with the influx of new Companies selling and promoting their wares. January is a popular time for us to receive product due to the lull before the new Chilli season starts in earnest.

chilli wizardsWe have received some of the product range from Chilli Wizards, Simpsons Seeds and the complete range from Mad-Ass recently, which is going out to some of the review team this week so look out for their reviews soon.

Another interesting package received this week was from another new company called Twisted 7 Sauces who have some imaginatively named sauces. These will be reviewed in due course.

And we are expecting product from The Chilli Jam Man, Chillilicious, and South Devon Chilli Farm too.

So if you would like your products reviewed, please send them to the address on the Contact tab on the top of our website.

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