Hatchery Tasting Box Subscription Review – May 2014
The Hatchery Tasting Box is a brand new subscription that sends you gourmet condiments, sauces, spreads, etc. each month.
Hatchery kindly sent me this box to review.
(I took a photo of their packaging since it is a big improvement over the last box I samples. No more sticky bubble wrap that pulls the labels off the food items!)
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.
Each box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included, and profiles the makers behind the items. (I was also happy to see that on every product they include dietary info like: gluten-free, peanut-free, vegan, no sugar added, etc.)
On the back of the card is a recipe for Maple Beet Ravioli with Chive Butter featuring the Tonewood Maple Flakes from the box.
Hatchery also provides recipes for each sample you receive on their website – for this sample size of Balsamic Vinegar they recommend the Spring Salad with Burrata.
I’ve sampled Two Snooty Chefs seasonings before and they are great, so I’ll be using this one the next time I roast chicken! (We loved this mustard too).
Low sugar + organic = exactly what I look for in jams/jellies, so this fruit spread is a hit, and I was happy to see that this pasta sauce is dairy-free, I’ll be using it next time I need a quick dinner for myself!
Verdict: I think that this Tasting Box is an excellent subscription or gift for anyone who loves to cook. Almost all of these brands are new to me, and it is very evident that a ton of thought and curation went into putting this box together. (I love that they have a recipe for each sample size of item). I didn’t put a value on these items this time since some of them aren’t marked in size, and also because none of them are available for purchase in the sample sizes. I think this box is less about retail value, and more about trying out new cooking ingredients you may not come across otherwise.
What do you think of the May Hatchery Tasting Box?