CHESHIRE — Greater than two years and three new sauces later, Angela’s Kitchen Sauce remains to be increasing all through the state whereas preserving a concentrate on high quality substances and home made recipes.
Husband and spouse Angela and Keith Massimino started the company in July of 2018 with an Angela’s Kitchen meat sauce. With a sluggish and regular mindset, the couple has added three new sauces and now have jars in 56 shops throughout the state with hopes to increase over the Connecticut border.
The couple added a marinara sauce that December, a tomato basil sauce July of this yr, and a vodka sauce simply final month. From the beginning, the aim has been to share precisely what Angela Massimino makes in her personal kitchen with the world by jarring it.
“My grandmother, my mom and myself, how we do it in our personal kitchens is how we do it in our personal jars,” Angela Massimino stated. The recipes for many of the sauces have been handed down now to 4 generations, together with to Angela’s personal youngsters.
Angela’s Kitchen Sauce ended up unexpectedly rising in the course of the coronavirus as many shops noticed product depletion of merchandise in the course of the first couple months when residents had been stocking their pantries in concern of quarantine.
“When COVID began again in finish of March, April, (shops) had been unable to get your regular sauces— Prego, Ragu and all of that— so all of the native sauces had been capable of take advance,” Keith Massimino stated. “We had been doing a little large deliveries into Massive Y’s as a result of their sauce aisle was mainly depleted.”
They had been additionally pressured to discover a second producer as their ordinary one needed to shut down briefly attributable to an worker contracting the virus. Angela Massimino stated it ended up working very well as a result of now they work with two producers, Gracie’s Kitchens and Onofrio’s Final Meals.
The final two years have introduced a number of new experiences however Angela Massimino stated she’s loved assembly individuals essentially the most, particularly at tastings.
Earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, Angela Massimino and her household would arrange tables in grocery shops and provide customers samples of the sauces. Gina Massimino, one of many couple’s kids who helps with the enterprise, stated it was typically emotional to listen to what tales individuals had been impressed to share after making an attempt the sauces.
“They make you cry in the course of the tasting. You are like, ‘Why did you inform me about your mom, and that you have not had sauce like this since your mom died 10 years in the past,” Gina Massimino stated, expressing gratitude for the shared expertise.
“Like Gina stated, we’ll cry with them. We hear a number of humorous tales too, however a number of occasions you hear ‘Ever since my mother; I by no means discovered (to cook dinner her sauce).’ They had been crying, saying it brings them again,” Angela Massimino stated.
She stated these reactions are what they hope for.
They hope the sauce brings individuals again to their childhood days and reminds them of a cherished one, as a result of that’s what the sauces imply to the Massimino household too.
The Massiminos determined to begin the enterprise after Angela’s sister Anita died of most cancers on the age of 51, whom she has fond recollections of creating sauces and different meals with.
The saying “no corners reduce on this kitchen” comes from Angela Massimino’s father who would use the phrase usually. Massimino stated it speaks to their dedication to high quality substances.
Massimino describes the marinara sauce as having a thicker consistency than the meat sauce, with a sweeter tomato used. She stated it’s nice to make use of in the summertime particularly, on fried mozzarella or calamari, or in rooster or veal parmesan. The marinara is their greatest promoting sauce.
The tomato basil sauce is prominently used for seafood and rooster, she stated, because it has 50 p.c extra basil than the marinara.
“The vodka sauce, it is a completely totally different animal than all the remaining,” Angela Massimino stated.
The vodka sauce is creamy and made with recent substances like butter, onions and prime shelf vodka. Not one of the sauces use preservatives or added sugars.
Angela Massimino stated they nonetheless need to hold increasing by including extra sauces— perhaps a Fra Diavolo— or increase into salad dressings or merchandise like apple butter. The enterprise additionally ships its product and is engaged on a option to make on-line ordering simpler.
To seek out the place Angela’s Kitchen Sauce is bought, go to the corporate’s Facebook page.
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