At Straub’s, we are proud to carry brands that can’t be found anywhere else in St. Louis – and sometimes in the country! Below are some of the many brands that we carry in our stores and online. Check back often as we’re always seeking the newest, most unique and best brands to share with our customers.
Dulce de Leche is a caramel sauce with a smooth, milky taste and our favorite is La Salamandra which is made by blending simple ingredients; fresh warm milk, sugar, and vanilla. La Salamandra is a small dairy farm outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina that combines artisan tradition and modern technology to create this exceptionally flavorful Dulce de Leche that is smoother and creamier than other brands. La Salamandra is made from top quality raw ingredients and only uses milk from their own cows. The cows are milked daily to avoid the milk passing through tanks, trucks, or storage areas where it could spoil. It is extremely popular in Latin America where it is used as a filling for cookies, crepes and cakes, an ice cream topping or spread on bread and apples for an afternoon snack.
La Salamandra Dulce de Leche is consistently ranked first in comparative taste tests where it is prized for its depth of caramel flavor and luscious texture. In July 2000, La Salamandra Dulce de Leche won first place at the Fancy Food Show at New York in the category of Outstanding Jam, Preserve, Spreads or Sweet Topping.
This is the authentic dulce de leche you’ve been dreaming of! La Salamandra Dulce de Leche is certified Kosher.
Serving Suggestions: Wonderful spread on fresh fruit like apples or bananas! It should be used like a spread for bread, waffles, or crepes. It can also be used in baking and pairs well with pumpkin pie, cheesecake and brownies.
Some stores have categories for products that go well with cream cheese and Earth & Vine’s Red Bell Pepper & Ancho Chili Jam tops the list. If you are unfamiliar with the easy-to-prepare party favorite, basically you just take a block of Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese, Neufchâtel cheese, or better still, warm brie cheese or Crave Brothers Mascarpone, then top with a full jar of E & V Ancho chili jam. You may want to shape the cheese and have some crackers on hand to scoop up every last bit of the gooey treat! This bold, yet mild jam is also excellent on smoked turkey or a grilled chicken sandwich.
Serve along side lamb, pork or poultry. Top salmon mousse, or spread over meat loaf stuffed bell peppers and bake. A great item to have in the pantry if you need to add some pizzazz to a dish or make a quick appetizer.
This classic Tuscan extra virgin oil was the first ultra premium oil introduced to the US over 33 years ago! With its strong fruity flavor and fierce peppery finish, Badia a Coltibuono remains the industry standard for excellence in its category and is beloved by chefs, food critics and consumers for depth and nuance it brings to dishes.
Badia a Coltibuono, or the Abbey of the Good Harvest, has been producing oil since 1058, but it was only 50 years ago under the leadership of Piero Stucchi Prinetti that the estate first began to bottle their premium oil for sale. Until that time, the majority of oils, even extra virgin, were rancid or adulterated from old production techniques or simply fraud. Piero was the first Italian to believe that quality was more important than any other attribute and went about educating his customers in Italy and then the US. He believed that the 3 most important guarantees to a good oil were quickly harvesting the green olives off the trees and pressing them immediately, separating the different varietals so that each could be harvested at its peak maturation, and that every bottle must be printed with the date of production to ensure only the freshest product reaches the shelf.
Today Badia’s oil is a blend of 3 olive varietals, Frantoio, Moriaolo, and Leccino and is harvested in early November. The olives are hand harvested from the trees to prevent bruising and are pressed within hours of collection. The end result is a balanced and fruity blend of flavors with a distinctly bitter green edge and a peppery finish. Bitterness is a positive attribute in an olive, since it heightens and enhances the flavors of the food it is paired with and a peppery finish is characteristic of only extremely fresh olive oils.
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