Canton Rep writers give their "Spatula Up" and "Spatula Down" on a food product.
Fischer Wieser Guacamole Starter 8.25-ounce bottle, about $5.50-$6
Jennifer Mastroianni: I can't imagine anyone being intimidated by guacamole. It's five ingredients, for Pete's sake.
So I had to chuckle when I saw "Guacamole Starter." How silly. I turned my nose up even more after I opened the bottle and smelled the sauce. It smelled like vinegar.
So why the spatula up? I was pleasantly surprised by the result. The base of the sauce is pureed tomatillos, spiced up with onions, garlic, serrano peppers and cilantro. Mixed with three mashed avocados, it turns into an interesting dip or dressing for tortilla chips or other foods.
Look at it like this: It's not traditional guacamole. It's another way to enjoy avocados.
If you want traditional guac, mix a clove of minced garlic, a teaspoon of lime, 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro, and 1/4 cup chopped red onion into a bowl of three mashed ripe avocados. Add salt and pepper to taste, and throw in some chopped tomatoes if you like.
Saimi Bergmann: If you are stingy with the proportions (use less "starter" and more avocado than they recommend) this makes a nice, if a bit thin, dipping sauce. It's even better if you add fresh chopped tomatoes.
The manufacturer didn't add oil, so the calories are negligible. But I thought the price was steep - it's not French perfume for gosh sakes. And if you follow their directions, the starter completely drowns out the taste of the avocado.