You might be hip to the One Chip Challenge making its way around social media, but if you want to try it yourself you might run into a little issue. It was a limited run so Paqui ran out of them! Never fear though, we have a Jungle Jim’s solution!
Paqui Ghost Pepper Chips - These bad boys are hotter than hot, but this is the One Chip Challenge so we’re going to need to kick it up even further.
Pucker Butt Powder - Carolina Reaper powder!
Pucker Butt Mash - This delicious and potent puree is a blend of chopped Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper and a few drops of vinegar. The Carolina Reaper pepper has an average rating of 1.569 million on the Scoville scale.
Pucker Butt Puere - Carolina Reaper peppers and vinegar combine to make a deliciously spicy concoction that goes great with everything needing a fiery flavor boost.
Rubber Gloves - You’ll need these because you don’t want to be rubbing your eyes or face when you start sweating!
Lime Juice - Most people will reach for milk after they have something super spicy, but have you tried lime juice? Acidic juice can help neutralize the burning sensation as well!
Take the Ghost Pepper Chips and any of the above ingredients and BOOM! You have your very own Jungle Jim's style One Chip Challenge...or 10 Chip Challenge? How many can you eat?
If you missed your chance to do the official challenge come on in and do the One Chip Challenge Jungle Style! We have all of these supplies in one spot to make it easier to take your heat to the next level! Send us your videos trying them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
As always, keep it flavorful, and keep it hot.
Jungle Jim’s “Pepperologist”
I don’t know about you, but, as for me, February seems to have flown by even faster this year.
We will be drawing the winner for this month’s Tea Accessory Basket in the next few days. Drop by and register through this Wednesday if you haven’t signed up at our kiosk yet.
Our March promotions will make you hop into Gourmet Galeria. Once again, spend $50 in Gourmet Galeria and receive a hand-painted Polish Pottery Easter Egg as your gift with purchase. You will also get to pick an egg from the Easter Basket. Each egg has a savings coupon (savings up to 30%) for your April purchases in Gourmet Galeria. Electrics are excluded.
During your March shopping trips to the Jungle, be sure to register for Gourmet Galeria’s March promotion – a basket packed with egg accessories, naturally. This is the time to expand your egg-prepping tools and save 10% on egg poaching tools, egg slicers, gimmicky egg molds for the little ones, egg rings, and lots more. A special treat at our house is eggs Benedict. We’ve been enjoying them with a variety of finishes – spinach, different cheeses, guacamole, sliced avocado, hollandaise sauce accented with sriracha or other flavors, crispy bacon, tomato, arugula, toasted ciabatta bread. It’s fun to create “outside the box.”
Speaking of eggs, our March giveaway is a basket full of egg-cessories. Register at the Gourmet Galeria kiosk anytime in March. Don’t miss out.
If you are looking for a delicious, one-of-a-kind cracker to go along with a cheese board look no further. These baked crackers from Switzerland are made with swiss cheese. There is a lightness to them that will remind you of the most delicate buttery croissant infused with baked cheese. I recommend you try these with softer, buttery cheeses or an earthy cheese as they will pair well with the lightness of the cracker.
You can find Flufa Flutes Feuilletees Au Fromage at both Jungle Jim’s Cheese Shops for $3.99 for a 125g package.
The Cheese Shop
This is one of the many hidden gems of the Italy case you can find in The Cheese Shop. Vento only came into being about 20 years ago when (as legend has it) Antonio Carpenedo and his wife were driving behind a hay truck and the scent was so pleasant that they stopped the driver, bought some of his hay, and started covering one of their wheels of cheese to age it.
Today, this cheese is covered in hay and aged in oak barrels and comes out with the smell and essence of the farmhouse, and a funky, earthy flavor that you can’t quite put your finger on - or why you like it and want more. The texture will vary from crumbly to pasty depending on how old the wheel is, but we think either way the mouth feel is awesome, and the taste is fantastic. This cheese pairs extremely well with Valpolicella Classico. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Come in and try some for yourself.
You can find Vento d’Estate for 17.49/lb inside The Cheese Shop at Jungle Jim’s International Market Eastgate.
The Cheese Shop
The countdown is on – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you haven’t covered the bases and gotten a special gift for your sweetest, it isn’t too late. A romantic dinner at home is often more of a treat than eating out in a crowded restaurant on a holiday. Gourmet Galeria has a nice selection of fondue pots, raclettes, and accessories. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and assist in your selection. If you’re not familiar with raclettes, let us introduce you to this Swiss tradition. A fondue meal complete with a yummy chocolate dessert is both romantic and delicious. A wealth of recipes is available on the internet. Jungle Jim’s is the perfect place to select everything you need to prepare and serve an unforgettable Valentine’s Day meal.
Our friend at The Cheese Shop, Jacob, had this little lesson on raclette, so we thought it would be nice to share:
“Raclette both refers to the cheese itself or the dish, and comes from the French word, racler, meaning "to scrape.” You can melt Raclette cheese on a traditional Raclette melting pan and it’s sure to be a hit at your party (or parties) this year. Fair warning, though: it’s a pungent cheese, so the experience can be a little intense at first. Luckily, it’s incredibly easy to get past aroma and fall in love with the cheese and the process.
Of both French and Swiss origin, Raclette has been enjoyed since the late 1200's, but like all good things, people are still discovering it and realizing that Raclette with boiled potatoes is one of the best appetizers or side dishes that we’ve so far created. We suggest that you try versions from both areas - you won’t be able to decide which you prefer.”
I enjoy digging up info on our special calendar days and sharing it with you. Did you know that over 150 million Valentines are exchanged annually around the world? It is second only to Christmas! Valentine’s Day is thought to have originated as a pagan fertility festival but came to honor a martyred priest in the late 3rd Century A.D. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, although written valentines didn’t appear until the 1400’s. Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia, as well as the United States. The first mass-produced valentines appeared in our country in the 1840’s. And look at us now!
Our February Tea Accessory Sale continues through the end of the month, with 10% savings on all our teapots, infusers, and much more. Do register for our Basket Full of Tea Accessories. Winner notification is the first week of March. Happy Valentine’s Day to each of you.
Dental health usually isn’t at the top of anyone’s mind when it comes to your pet overall well being, so we’re excited to share a little bit of information about why now is a great time to start!
Your pet’s hygiene is important, and the health of their very specialized teeth should certainly be a part of any grooming or health related routines you have with your pet. Regular brushings - like humans, the recommendation is for at least once daily - go a long way to preventing bacterial infections and sore gums. It’s thought that at least 80% of dogs have some kind of undiagnosed periodontal issue, which can lead to larger, and more significant issues in the future. If you have a particularly feisty feline or rambunctious pup, doing what you can, as often as you can, is just as ideal. Remember, the more they get used to it, the less of a fight it will be! And, of course, lots of treats and snuggles can go a long way…
All you need to get started are a few items, a little patience, and a lot of love! Stop by the Pet Department at either Jungle Jim’s International Market location and you’ll find all kinds of great items to help you keep your pet’s teeth shiny and healthy, and you might even find a great deal or two, to boot!
Everyone knows that certain wines can benefit from age, with some wines taking decades to reach their peak. What is less known, and even less understood, is that beer can benefit enormously from proper cellaring. While many people want to begin cellaring beer, the prospect of starting and maintaining a cellar can be overwhelming. So let’s break it down step by step and get you on the road to enjoying cellared beer!
WARNING: Cellaring beer is a fun and interesting hobby that rewards patience and experimentation. However, you inevitably end up spending plenty of hard earned money filling your cellar with beers you don’t intend to consume for years. You have been warned.
Now that we’ve gotten the requisite warning out of the way, the first question we have to answer is - why cellar beer? Well, while all beers can be consumed fresh and enjoyed, some can take on new and interesting flavors as time progresses, provided they are stored properly. Sometimes, a beer that was overly aggressive or discordant in its youth can have its rough edges smoothed out by time.
Now to figure out what beers to cellar. Typically, you don’t want to age light and delicate beers. Pilsners, witbiers, hefeweizens, etc. are best consumed fresh. The one exception to the “light & delicate” rule is sour ale, specifically barrel aged sour ales like Flanders reds, lambics, and gueuze. These beers will age beautifully for years. You would also be advised to avoid aging hoppy beers. Hops are a funny thing because they actually have preservative qualities for the rest of the beer yet are themselves the most volatile component of beer. Thus, their bitterness, flavor and aroma will fade quickly so any beer that showcases hops (IPAs, Double IPAs, etc.) will be a shadow of what the brewer intended if not consumed fresh. The best options for cellaring include all big, malt forward styles of beer. Imperial stouts, barleywines, quadrupels, and scotch ales all age spectacularly and will reward decades of patient cellaring. Styles that include doppelbock, tripels, and dubbels can usually be aged for a few years but may fall off after too much time. The greatest joy in cellaring comes in the exploration and experimentation. Sure, you’ll occasionally drink a beer that didn’t develop the way you wanted. You will, however, once in a while, crack open something from deep in your cellar that redefines how you think about beer. These are the sort of transcendent moments that any good beer geek is searching for.
Any hope of reaching this kind of sudsy nirvana is contingent upon proper cellaring. Beer will age best in an environment that is consistently dark and consistently cool. A temperature between 55 and 60 degrees fahrenheit is ideal, although any cool closet or basement will do in a pinch. If you really want to geek out on a perfect cellar, you can buy a temperature controller for $50 or so and attach it to an existing refrigerator. This temperature controller gives you a very fine level of control over the refrigerator’s thermostat, allowing you to set the fridge to a constant 55 degrees. Do that, close the door to the fridge and presto! You have created the ideal cellar.
Once your setup is complete, in whatever form you see fit, all that’s left to do is start filling your cellar! Buy two of each beer, one to drink fresh so you have a baseline for comparison and one to put in the cellar. Store your bottles or cans upright. Be on the lookout for bottles with corks as these will minimize oxidation better than crown caps. Also, a bottle conditioned beer will provide an extra layer of development inside the bottle and thus make excellent candidates for your cellar. Keep a log of tasting notes on the fresh bottles for comparison to aged examples plus a log to document the bottled-on date so you know how old the beer is when you open it. The eternal question here is when you should open each beer. That’s up to you! Remember, beer is supposed to be fun! Have fun and enjoy the ride.
Do you remember summers, as a kid, going down to the corner store to grab your favorite candy with your friends? This month, Jungle Jim’s wants to bring back fond memories of childhood by showcasing all of the nostalgic candy our enormous Candy Department has to offer! Whether you grew up in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s, we have something for you. And these are just fraction of what we have on display!
Take a trip with us through our sweetest memories of the decades we’re showcasing, sit back, relax, and let the sugar flow!
Order Your Nostalgia Candy Discovery Box!