Sunday, March 14, 2010

I've Struck Red Gold! (And So Can You!) - Product Review and Giveaway

Have you tried Red Gold Tomatoes yet?  I hadn't, so I was excited when the people at Red Gold asked if I would give them a try and post my opinion on my blog.

Since Kat was off to her mom's house for the weekend, I didn't want to cook a full meal last night.  Instead I tried a couple of appetizers using the Red Gold Tomatoes:






When I opened the cans of tomatoes, the first word that came to mind was Fresh!  They are bright red and have the freshest taste I can remember from a canned tomato product.  The Italian-style Petite Diced tomatoes are so good that I could just pour them into a bowl and eat them as straight up as a side dish!

The recipes I tried turned out great and I can't wait to try more of their products in more recipes.

In return for trying Red Gold Tomatoes and writing about them, the folks at Red Gold asked if they could send me "a few cans...some cookbooks, magnets, and other neat things".  Here's the amazing kit they sent:


For starters, it's a decorative tin that looks like a giant can of Red Gold Tomatoes.  I'm already getting ideas about how I can rust-proof it and turn it into a self-watering container for the garden.  Wouldn't it be cute to plant basil, garlic and oregano in it, just like on the label?



Inside I found a reusable tote bag, 2 cookbooks, 7 recipe cards, a coaster, 2 fridge magnets, an informational CD and an awesome 1:64 scale diecast Limited Production Red Gold Tomatoes Freightliner Semi with certificate of authenticity.  And of course, some Red Gold Tomatoes!  One 14.5 ounce can each of Petite Diced Tomatoes, Petite Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies, and Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano.


And for all of us uber-frugalistas out there, there's a ton of bright red packing crinkles.  Go ahead and laugh, but I know I'm not the only one who would save these for lining Christmas gift baskets.

I bet you'd like to win a kit just like this -- who wouldn't?  Not a problem since Red Gold has offered to give another kit to one of my readers! 

I want to see LOTS of entries for this giveaway!  Each reader can have up to four:

1) Visit the Red Gold website and look at the recipes there, then come back and comment on this post, telling me which recipe you'd like to try with Red Gold Tomatoes.

2) Become a follower of Real Life Living or subscribe in a reader.  Leave a separate comment telling me you did (or already do).

3) Leave a separate comment telling me which of the goodies in the gift kit you think you'd like best.

4) Post about this giveaway on your blog, being sure to link back to it.  Then come back and leave yet another comment telling me you posted, and if possible, including to your blog post.

The contest will close at 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, 2010.  I'll use a random number generator and post the winner's name on Monday, March 22.

Good luck to everyone!!

(Disclaimer:  Red Gold provided me with this gift kit in exchange for posting my opinion of their products; however, the opinions expressed in this post are strictly my own.)

52 comments:

A.Marie said...

Hi there! You did a FABULOUS job writing about this product! I have never purchased any Red Gold products but since reading your review, I am going to go to the store and snag me a few cans!

My favorite recipe on their site was under Microwave Magic and it is the Bite Size Pizzas. My special needs daughter is trying to get the hang of easy-to-prepare recipes, and this one looks like it would be simple and yummy!! :)

A.Marie said...

Me again! I am already a stalker errr follower! HA!

I tried to subscribe in a reader but I got a funky error code..something about security authentication??? Not sure what is going on there....

A.Marie said...

Okay, #3 comment here!

It sounds absolutely nuts, but my favorite part of that kit (besides the yummy FREE product) would have to be that cool little collectible semi! That is soooo cute! :)

I really like the tin and the crinkly red filler. Your idea of what to do with that tin is amazing!

A.Marie said...

Comment #4!

I blogged about it over at my blog and here is the link:
http://www.mymoneymissiononline.com/2010/03/annie-jones-has-struck-gold-and-so-can.html

:)

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The RED GOLD Tomatoes kit would be great to win ,,, I think I'll make this recipe soon - Chicken Parmesan Risotto.

Ebook Author Missouri said...

I have become a follower of Real Life Living.

Ebook Author Missouri said...

The Red Gold Tomatoes are the Best stuff in the kit!

Petite Diced Tomatoes,
Petite Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies,
Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano.

Ebook Author Missouri said...

Here is a link to your giveaway:

http://showmestatedogs.blogspot.com/p/handmade.html

Lisa said...

I love Red Gold Tomatoes, and stock up on them every time they go on sale.

I would love to try the Con Queso Chili Rice recipe.


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Lisa said...

I would love the tomatoes from the kit, of course! The cookbooks would be great too, love to add to my collection!

Stephanie said...

I would like to try the Breakfast Egg Bake
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Stephanie said...

I'm a new follower
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Stephanie said...

I would most like to have the 14.5 ounce can of Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano.
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Lisa said...

Just posted about the giveaway on my blog.

http://joyincooking.blogspot.com/2010/03/product-giveaway-red-gold-tomatoes.html

Stephanie said...

I blogged:
http://thegrantsgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/03/real-life-living-red-gold-tomatoes-gift.html
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Carol Lyons said...

Hi, my favorite part of the kit is the giant tomato can!

Carol Lyons said...

I would make the chili cheese dip.

slugmama said...

Ok, since I am a big fan of Rotel, I wold like to try the diced tomatoes with green chilles product.
They have a recipe for this tomato/chilles variety called Easy Vegetable Chicken Chowder that looks very simple to make but oh so yummy!
Yep, that would be the recipe I'd try.

slugmama said...

I'm already a subscriber so....pick me! pick me! ;-)

slugmama said...

My fav. part of your big honkin' gift pack are the cans of tomatoes.
Aside from that obvious choice, I think that can is awesome! But since I'm in declutter mode lately, I would have just sold it on eBay if they sent me one.lolol
Using the can for a container garden is a wonderful idea. Lacquering the outside would be a good way to rustproof it but I'd doubt you want chemicals like that next to the soil on the inside....maybe use a plastic bag type liner or something for the interior? Just a thought....

suburban prep said...

WOW

The reciepe I think would be a great one for my family is Italian Fiesta Dip.

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Eternally Distracted said...

I always seem to find a great food blogger when I'm starving... it's just not fair!

A.Marie said...

Hello there! Just wanted to let you know that I posted another scenario for that card game deal on my blog. I found this one over at hip2save!

:)

SonyaAnn said...

I'm your stalker! And I'm loving the can!!! Your tin one not your can. Well maybe!

Jackie said...

The Cajun Chicken Fettuccine sound wonderful to me. I need to put this on my menu. jackiesnews64@yahoo.com

Jackie said...

The can itself caught my eye. Oh all of the uses I am thing of. jackiesnews64@yahoo.com

Lisanne said...

I just found you today and became a follower :)

Annie Jones said...

Just want to say hello to everyone who has entered so far...both regulars and new readers. I'm trying to get around to see the new blogs. Also, a special hello to SonyaAnn, who never fails to make me laugh.

Frances said...

Hi, Annie Jones! Great giveaway!

I would like to make the Garden Fresh Salsa. Yummy!

Frances said...

I am stalker! And I love both your cans. ;-)

Frances said...

My favorite thing would be the canned tomatoes themselves! All the other items are great, too, but I love free FOOD!

Frances said...

Blogged about it:

http://lookingfordeals-fperkins.blogspot.com/2010/03/annie-jones-is-giving-away-tomatoes.html

Marilyn's Money said...

I would like to try the chili cheese dip, please enter me, mjjaegly@yahoo.com

Marilyn's Money said...

I am a follower!

Marilyn's Money said...

I think the recipe books would be great, but also the tomatoes that go with them!

Marilyn's Money said...

I blogged about it! http://marilynsmoneyway.blogspot.com/2010/03/another-great-give-away_15.html

Queen said...

MMMMMM COn Queso Chili is my fav!

Queen said...

.....and now I'm following you! Come follow me too and enter my Le Creuset bakeware giveaway!

Sheila said...

I've heard about Red Gold products for years but could never find them in stores. I did find some in TN last month when I went to my brothers funeral.
I would love to try the creamy tomato soup.

Sheila said...

I'm already a follower!!!

Sheila said...

I blogged about your giveaway. I know I don't get much traffic but maybe someone will see it there!!
http://knitscooksandcrochets.blogspot.com/2010/03/red-gold-giveaway.html

Sheila said...

I would love the apron--my shirts can all attest to that! I also would love to try the petite tomatoes with green chilies. I usually use Ro-Tel so I would love to try a new one.

Candy said...

Thanks for sharing! I blogged about the giveaway.

Deal with It, simply!

cjcmommy said...

I would like to try the Spanish rice.
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cjcmommy said...

I am following you in google.
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cjcmommy said...

I love recipie books and magnets... but I really would like to have the can and the truck.
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cheapdate said...

I would love the little truck the best.



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Wendy said...

The tomoatoes themselves are my favs.

Lisanne said...

This recipe looks good.

http://www.redgold.com/redgold/recipe-details.aspx?recipe_id=1329

Janelle said...

Wow! I can't believe I haven't entered yet!! I might try that Bacon and Tomato Pasta - easy but sounds like a great combination of ingredients.

Janelle said...

I am a follower! :-)

Janelle said...

I love the decorative tin...silly, yes, but it looks cool!!