Hamptons Lane Subscription Box Review + Coupon – June 2016
Hamptons Lane is a monthly subscription that sends gourmet foods and kitchen tools. They release a new box every month based around a theme, and you can opt out if it isn’t for you.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Hamptons Lane
The Cost: $47 a month (with the option to skip any month).
COUPON: Use coupon code Subscription10 to save $10 off your first box!
The Products: Artisan food products centered around a new theme each month.
Ships to: US only, with extra shipping costs for Alaska and Hawaii.
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June’s theme is “Sushi.”
Hamptons Lane includes a booklet that details all of the items included in the box.
The booklet also provides recipes and cooking tips.
Miya Company Sauce Dishes (2 dishes)- $8
These small, Japanese-made dishes are beautiful. They’re perfect for soy sauce, but I also think they’re a great size for serving small things like slices of lemon (for fish), grated cheese (for pasta), and dipping sauces (like ketchup and Sriracha). Frankly, they’re so cute that I’m determined to find a million uses for them just so I can justify rounding out my set with a pair of these! (The Miya website has some truly beautiful tableware. I’m also in love with these teacups.)
Miya Company Dark Wood Chopsticks (2 sets)- $6
My kitchen drawer is full of disposable chopsticks, and I’m really excited that I now have nice ones to use!
Sushi Mat and Paddle– $2.97
On the Hamptons Lane website, the sushi mat and paddle are listed as separate items with a combined value of $10. Looking at the pictures online, it’s pretty clear that my paddle is different than the one pictured. Perhaps the original items fell through and they replaced with a less expensive set?
Bourbon Barrel Foods Bluegrass Soy Sauce (100 ml.)- $7
This soy sauce is made in Kentucky from non-GMO soybeans. It’s aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, which give the sauce a smoky, sweet flavor.
The Ginger People Organic Pickled Sushi Ginger (6.7 oz.)- $2.76
I love pickled sushi ginger, and I’m excited to see that Hamptons Lane has included an organic version from one of my favorite ginger brands. (I love The Ginger People’s Ginger Candy!) I do want to mention, however, that the MSRP listed on Hamptons Lane’s site appears to be way off. The ginger is available for sale multiple places online for under $3, and it’s listed as $12 on Hamptons Lane.
Japanese Sushi Rice Vinegar from Nishiki (10 oz.)- $4.95
Rice vinegar is a key ingredient in sushi rice, but it can also be used in marinades, salad dressings, or as a dipping sauce.
Sushi Nori Sheets (0.88 oz.)- $3.30
Seaweed sheets, or yaki nori as they’re known in Japan, are used in sushi rolls for their binding effect as well as their flavor. The sheets start out dry and soften as the moisture from the rice is absorbed.
Koda Farms Organic Kokuho Rose Rice (1 lb.)- $3.70
Kokomo Rose is an organic, heirloom rice varietal that’s prized for its “subtly delicate flavor” and “slightly sweet after-note.” Its flavor and texture work really well with sushi. I couldn’t find this size available online, so I’ve linked to a 5 lb package.
I’ve walked past the sushi section of my grocery store so many times, but I’ve never had the guts to try making sushi myself at home. I think I was always afraid that I would get everything ready and then somehow lack the necessary skill to put the rolls together properly. When I saw the theme for this month’s Hamptons Lane, I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous!
Still, I love sushi, so I was also excited to try making it at home. My husband and I enjoy all kinds of sushi rolls, but for our first sushi-making endeavor we decided to stick with veggie sushi. We decided that we’d make an avocado roll, asparagus roll, cucumber roll, Hamptons Lane’s Sweet Potato Scallion Maki Roll, and a mega veggie roll that combined them all.
Both my husband and I tried our hands at rolling the sushi, and my husband turned out to be a natural! When we sliced into our first roll, I was so excited to see that our sushi actually looked like sushi!
There was definitely a learning curve (the ratio of my first roll, the asparagus, was a little off), but we both definitely got the hang of it by the end. (Also, I should mention that we went a little overboard. We made 5 rolls because we wanted a good amount of variety, and we had enough leftovers for another full meal. Our 5 rolls made twice as much as what’s pictured!)
We were both so impressed with how our sushi turned out! Hamptons Lane’s recipe for sushi rice was delicious, and our favorite roll by far was the sweet potato scallion. The soy sauce was rich and uber flavorful, and the sushi ginger was delicious. We also really enjoyed using our wooden chopsticks and sauce dishes— they made us feel like we were eating in an actual sushi restaurant!
Verdict: This box was so much fun! My husband and I really enjoyed our sushi night, and we’re already talking about what we’ll make next. Hamptons Lane included pretty much everything we needed for the meal (except for the fillings for the rolls), which made shopping really easy. I think the curation of this box was spot on, and I absolutely adore the design on the sauce dishes I received. If I were to purchase all of the items in this box separately, it would cost about $39. That’s one of the lowest box values I’ve seen from Hamptons Lane, but, for what it’s worth, this didn’t feel like a low value box to me.
What do you think of this month’s box from Hamptons Lane? Have you made your own sushi at home before?