Hatchery Tasting Box Review – Artisan Cooking Ingredients Box
The Hatchery Tasting Box is a brand new subscription that sends you gourmet condiments, sauces, spreads, etc. each month. They kindly sent me this box to review!
The Subscription Box: Hatchery Tasting Box
The Cost: $20 a month
The Products: Each box includes a hand selected combination of ingredients, such as: condiments, spreads, cooking sauces, jams, honeys, syrups, oils, vinegars, salts, spices, seasonings and specialty baking ingredients.
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Each box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included, and profiles the makers behind the items. I like the maker profile part of this card a lot!
The back of the card includes a recipe for Lemon Rosemary Lamb with Mint Salsa Verde that features the seasoning included in this box.
Meso Nutso Berry Extract – 29.5 ml Value $4
The Jam Stand Chai Heart Pumpkin Jam – 1.5 oz Value $2
Fogg City Spice Co. Sicilian Seasoning – .5 oz (the label included is of the full size jar) Value $3
(Some of the labels on the items ripped off because they used sticky bubble tape to wrap each item individually. It kept everything in one piece, but made some of the labels hard to read!)
One other thing I really like about the card they include with the box, is that each item has a recipe suggestion. They recommend trying the berry extract with Prosecco and citrus fruit – I think that sounds like an amazing drink!
Mange Pear Vinegar – 1 oz Value $1.50
Mustard And Co. Mustard Sauce – 1 oz Value $1.50
Maui Maid Teriyaki Sauce – 4 oz Value $3
I love that this mustard is made with all organic ingredients and it smells amazing!
And the box came with some cute wooden tasting spoons!
Verdict: Since this is their first box, I thought I’d give feedback on what I loved and what I think Hatchery can improve upon:
What I love:
Info Card – This is one of the best cards I’ve seen in any box. I love their cooking suggestions and learning more about the Artisan makers behind the products.
Curation – All of the products included in the box seem to be of very high-quality and also items I wouldn’t come across at my grocery store. (I also like that you can buy full-size versions of anything you try on their site).
What they can improve upon:
Sealed Containers – Out of the 5 jar/bottle samples, only the berry extract was sealed with a plastic wrapper. I’m sure all the food is fine to eat (everything I sampled so far has been great), but since some of the products instruct you to refrigerate after opening, I’d like some way to know that an item hasn’t been opened yet for my own pantry storage purposes.
Value – This box has a food sample value of about $15. I think it would be great if they could get the value closer to the $20 price point, but from reading their site it looks like subscribers get extra discounts and exclusives, so maybe that’s something I just didn’t get to see. It’s also worth noting that you can’t buy these products in these sample sizes, so there is an extra value in being able to sample the items before buying the full size versions.
Overall I think you can tell that a lot of thought and work went into this box, and if you’re looking for a new way to try out artisan ingredients for your meals, I recommend this box.
What do you think of the Hatchery Tasting Box?