Bespoke Post August Selection & Coupon Code!
It’s Bespoke Post selection time! Remember – use coupon code ADDICTION to save 25% off your first box! (FYI – the Dispatch box has customization item this month – so make sure to check your account and pick the variation you want!)
There are new box options this month:
Himalayan Salt Block, 8″ x 8″ x 1.5″
This is one of the most natural (and coolest) cooking surfaces known to man. They’re excavated from deep inside the Himalayan mountains as huge boulders that’ve been protected from pollution and impurities for centuries, then get cut down to a kitchen-ready size of pure, pristine salt. Cure, sear, or serve to instantly add a Michelin star-worthy kick of seasoning to your dish. Let’s see Teflon do that.
You can use it a few different ways:
Chill the block down by stashing it in the fridge or freezer. Once it’s cool, pull it out and top with fruit, cheese, carpaccio, sushi-grade fish, or chocolate. The salt will add a frosty layer of flavor and draw out new subtleties in your dish.
Heat the block on a stovetop or grill, then sear like you’ve never seared before. The block’s crystalline structure keeps it from melting and makes it capable of incredible heat retention and distribution, so you can get it blazing hot and then cook a prime ribeye, seasonal vegetables, fresh seafood, or whatever else. You’ll get a flavor-packed crust from the high heat, and a uniquely rich seasoning from the salt.
Leave it at room temperature and use it as a flavor-boosting serving tray. Pile on some charcuterie, French bread, cheese, and any other bite-sized snacks that you think could benefit from a light layer of seasoning.
Salt Block Cooking
Need some inspiration? Mark Bitterman, who knows salt like a master sommelier knows wine, has got a few ideas for you. His cookbook packs 70 recipes like salt-grilled sliders, salted gelato, salt-seared scallops, all of which will get your mouth watering.
But it’s not just recipes. You’ll get a detailed “how” and “why” for cleaning, storing, and maintaining your block. And, of course, it goes in-depth on the best ways to cook, whether you’re making burgers over a grill, bread in the oven, seafood on the stovetop, or any number of other options.
Fleur de Sel
You’ve never tasted salt like this. It’s the highest of high quality stuff, hand-harvested from the finest crystals in the sun-dried salt ponds in Guatemala. It’s got a delicately coarse texture with just a little crunch and a rich mineral taste, all of which make it perfect for finishing your dishes. Add a dash to whatever you’re about to each and watch the flavors skyrocket.
Stock the fridge, call up some company, and bring your appetite.
Slim Canvas Briefcase, 16″ x 11.5″ x 2″
This is the bag your daily commute has been waiting for. It’s tough, light, and understated – perfect for an uncluttered carry.
It starts of with a 16oz lightly waxed canvas base, then gets fitted with heavyweight veg-tanned leather handles with a finished underside. It’s clean and classic, and the premium leather will age gracefully while molding to your hand over time. Then comes the shoulder strap for easy carrying, a large-toothed double zipper, an exterior newspaper pocket, and two interior pockets for keeping your small stuff organized. And to keep your hardware safe and sound, there’s a snap-closed laptop pocket that’s padded on both walls and on the bottom. But despite all the heavy-duty details, it’s so light that you might just forget you’re carrying anything at all.
It’s sized to comfortably hold laptops up to 15”, plus your other necessities – a planner, some folders, a pair of shades, stuff like that. It’ll fit the tools of your trade, but its minimal design and sleek profile will make sure you’re not weighed down.
Set of 4 Correspondence Cards, 6.25” x 4.625” with A6 Envelopes
Some things are better said with a personal touch – and no, a hastily-written email doesn’t count. So put pen to paper with this correspondence set, made from extra heavy double-thick cover paper with an eggshell finish. And each card features an illustration of a different 19th century invention, so your brilliant thoughts will have some company.
Now grab a pen, pack your laptop, and get moving.
This setup has everything you need to get growing. And you don’t need a green thumb or outdoor space – just a window and some patience. Fill the cedar planting box with the included compressed, fertilized soil, add some seeds (there are detailed planting instructions in the box), and give ’em plenty of sun and a little water each day. You’ll have fully grown fresh herbs to muddle, mix, season, and garnish with in no time.
Handmade Cedar Box
Your herbs’ home. It’s handmade in Chicago by a small woodworking outfit, then sealed and fitted with metal accents for a handsome finished product that can be part DIY project, part decoration. Leave it on a sunny shelf, windowsill, or kitchen counter and it’ll look sharp from planting your seeds to picking your fully-grown garnishes.
A sealed, light-resistant pack of all the greatest hits. You’ve got basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, peppermint, and thyme, all individually packaged and ready to plant. Once they’re fully grown, you can cut a few leaves off as you need them for a herb-infused cocktail, a freshly seasoned lunch spread, flavor-boosted iced tea, and anything else that could use an extra punch.
These densely-packed discs of fertilized soil are just enough to fill your cedar box. Put them into a bucket with 5-6 cups of water and the discs will absorb it and turn into ready-to-plant soil.
Ready to harvest? Use these specialty herb-slicing scissors, which have layered stainless steel blades to make quick work of any garnish.
Rest your cedar box on here to catch any extra water and soil, keeping your windowsill clean. It’s also a good litmus test for the soil’s moisture – if there’s excess water pooling in drip dray, you’re getting too ambitious with the watering.
Plant, wait, and start thinking up some recipes.
Which Bespoke Post box are you picking this month? I think we’re going to go with Dispatch!