Maui Preserved

by Marilyn Jansen Lopes on July 25, 2012

Tonight’s guests at Slow Food Maui‘s Taste Education series were Anthony LaBua and Maleta Van Loan of Maui Preserved.

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They’ve created a wonderful brand that supports local farmers and inspires creativity in the kitchen.

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Their first product, a Hawaiian Chile Pepper Sauce was created in 2010.
They established their commercial kitchen in Haiku and since then have developed a line of products including spicy pickled pineapple spears, pickled beets, onions, Pohole (fiddlehead fern shoots), pickled strawberries, pineapple Thai Chili spread, and a Mexican Gherkin pickle. They acidify with either apple cider vinegars or a green tea brine.

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Mexican Gherkin was bright and crisp. The Pineapple Sweet Thai Chile spread had some heat and was delicious.

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Anthony talked about chef inspired products, sustainability, the demand for local food that could be preserved, food security and keeping the culture alive with new ideas coming which will bolster the economy. If everyone was inspired to create added value products from local foods and farmers everybody wins. Let’s beat the barge… Beet it!

 

I loved the pickled beets with a touch of sardines on top. Sweet, tangy and savory. Interesting ideas for combining flavors were suggested such as their lemon thyme preserves being used on chicken… I can just imagine. Ice cream, fish, lamb, yogurt.

 

They’ve created a ground up vanilla that is so potent just a 1/4 tsp. is comparable to a tablespoon of vanilla extract. Can’t wait to try that. Everything is locally grown. Congratulations to Maui Preserved on being invited to participate in an International Export Show in Japan.

 

We’re excited for your success and inspired to try preserving foods too!

 

~ Marilyn

 

You can find @MauiPreserved in 10 different retail locations including Whole Foods Kahului Maui, plus Lipoa Farmers Market on Saturdays, Maui Swap Meet, Launiupoko Farmers Market, Honokowai Farmers Market and in two stores in their hometown, Brooklyn, NY.

 

808 283-9131
808 280-1621

 

Marilyn Jansen Lopes
http://Mauicountryfarmtours.com

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