Quarterly Culinary Box Review #YUM01
The Quarterly Culinary box is a new subscription box from Quarterly. Once a season they send you kitchen tools, ingredients and recipes selected by a rotating curator. For the first box, the curators are Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs from Food 52.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Quarterly Culinary Box
The Cost: $50 a box plus shipping costs (ships every quarter)
The Products: Kitchen tools, ingredients and recipes.
Ships to: US and International
Each Quarterly box comes with a letter from the curator detailing the items included. For the first mailing, Food 52 has sent items and recipes for beating the summer heat!
Zuko Round Pops – Value $19.99
Yay! These popsicle molds are BPA and phthalate free! They get great reviews on Amazon too.
The letter also included recipes for Raspberry Ice Pops and Blackberry, Rosemary and Yogurt Ice Pops.
Royal Rose Lavender Lemon Simple Syrup – 2 oz Value $3
Royal Rose Raspberry Simple Syrup – 8 oz Value $11.50
I’ve sampled Royal Rose simple syrups before thanks to subscription boxes, and they are fantastic! They are all natural/organic, and I’ve loved every flavor I’ve tried – including these two! The raspberry syrup is featured in the Raspberry Ice Pops recipe, so I’ll probably try that, but these also work great for mixers in cocktails!
Sucre Shop Polka Dot Ice Pop Sticks – Value $10
These popsicle sticks are adorable, but they seemed like a bit of a weird inclusion to me since the Zoku Round Pops popsicle mold comes with sticks/bases. (Also $10 for 20 popsicle sticks seems a bit pricey to me – but then again I’ve never bought specialty design popsicle sticks! Now I’ve learned that Sucre Shop has a lot of cute stuff if you need party supplies!).
Heirloom Porcelain Berry Basket – Value $12.95
This porcelain “basket” was included to go with the raspberries needed for the Raspberry Ice Pops recipe. I love how realistic it looks:
And it is dishwasher safe!
Verdict: This box has a value of about $58 – which is the exact cost of the box plus shipping. In general Quarterly boxes seem to be more about curation than value, but I’m happy to see that in this case the value at least matches the total cost to the subscriber.
I think this box is fun, and I’m curious to see how the next boxes compare. (Each box will have a different curator, so who knows what to expect with #YUM02!).
What do you think of the first Quarterly Culinary Box?