It can be hard to suffer through a store bought food that you know you can make better from scratch. Anyone who cooks has been there- wishing they had made their own instead of buying a ready made version that doesn’t have the spices or the love that you might put into it. Given all that it’s not hard to see how Mexican-American moms in particular can have a hard time with canned salsa from the grocery store. But, are they all bad?
One of the big problems with jar salsa from the store is that it’s made to withstand months on the shelf. Unlike most homemade salsas, jar salsa has been heated and this can really alter the flavor. The testers in this case, Lucy and Xochitl, seem to take the most offense at the tomatillo and avocado varieties. This makes sense when you think about the delicate flavors of tomatillos and avocados that don’t often take well to being cooked.
The testers tried different varieties from 6 different brands, including Taco Bell, Tostitos, Sam’s Club, Pace, and Herdez. One of the best ratings was a 10 simply because what was on the label of the jar matched with the flavor. But, one of the worst things the testers had to say about one of the salsas was that it tasted like hand cream. Ouch!