Saucefly Food Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2017
Saucefly is a monthly subscription box that includes “restaurant quality sauces, snacks, dressings, cocktail mixers, sweets and other savory surprises.” Saucefly boxes are packed with ice, and all included items have a shelf life of at least 7 days.
About a week before boxes ship, Saucefly members are emailed a shopping list that lets them know what additional items will be needed in order to make the month’s suggested recipes.
Saucefly is owned by Chef Sara Willis, a Eugene, Oregon-based chef who has been cooking professionally for the last 25 years. She uses locally-sourced, in season, and organic products in her cooking, and posts how-to videos on the Saucefly blog that demonstrate how to use Saucefly’s sauces.
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: Saucefly
The Cost: $100 a month (Eugene, OR residents receive a shipping credit of $15 per box. Shipping is free to states west of the Colorado Rockies. Shipping to the east coast is $25.)
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save $20 off your first box!
The Products: Organic, chef-prepared sauces, dips, marinades, cocktail mixers, dressings, and more.
Ships to: U.S.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
This box came with an info sheet that provided some information about the month’s sauces and a few recipes. (More detailed information is available on the Saucefly site.)
Moxie Mixers Hibiscus & Basil Daiquiri
This month’s Saucefly box was packed full of goodies, and I decided to start by sampling the month’s featured cocktail mixer, Hibiscus & Basil Daiquiri. This concentrated mix is sweetened with wild berry honey, and it can be mixed with vodka, rum, or tequila. I opted to mix it with rum, and I really enjoyed it! My only regret is that I wasn’t able to enjoy it while watching the ocean— it was a perfect beachy cocktail!
Raspberry & Cherry Organic Jam
The next item in this month’s box was a jar of raspberry and cherry jam. My husband eats jam almost every single morning on toast, so we’re always thrilled to see jam pop up in subscription boxes. We both liked the mix of raspberries and cherries, and I love that this jam is organic.
Tropical Fruit Compote
Next up, subscribers received a jar of tropical fruit compote. I wasn’t quite sure how to incorporate this item into my cooking, so I took a cue from the info sheet and used it to top chicken.
It was rainy on the day I decided to make this dish, so I decided to roast the chicken breasts in the oven instead of grilling them, as suggested by Saucefly. This dish was so easy to pull together (nothing better than a meal that’s ready in 15 minutes flat!), and I loved the tropical flavors of the compote with the chicken.
Curry is a staple in my house, and it’s one of those things that my husband and I are ALWAYS in the mood for. Our eyes lit up when we saw that this box contained a jar of coconut curry! As recommended by Saucefly, I added lots of veggies to this dish. In addition to chicken, I used broccoli, red pepper, potatoes, and green beans. (I sautéed the chicken with the red pepper, roasted the potatoes, broccoli, and green beans, and then mixed everything together in the sauce.)
This curry sauce was incredible! It was rich, aromatic, and full of flavor.
These next two items, pickled radishes and mixed pickled veggies, weren’t listed on the Saucefly info sheet, so I decided to enjoy them on their own. I love pickled veggies, and these were both great. In my book, there’s nothing better than crisp, chilled pickles with some cheese and crackers. (Though, I think these pickles would be wonderful in tacos or salad, too!)
For this puttanesca sauce, Chef Sara recommended pairing it with penne pasta and seared tuna. I wasn’t happy with the quality of the fresh tuna available at my grocery store when I went shopping for this meal, so I decided to skip the tuna and just serve this sauce with homemade pasta and shaved Parmesan.
Most of the puttanesca sauce I’ve had before has been bursting with flavor (and quite pungent!), but I found Saucefly’s version relatively mild by comparison. I enjoyed it; however, I found myself missing the bold, salty, fishy flavors I tend to expect from puttanesca. (Looking at the ingredient list, perhaps it’s the flavor of the anchovies I’m missing? I think anchovies are commonly used in puttanesca, and it looks like Saucefly’s version is made without them.)
Three Cheese Bechamel
The next item I received is this three cheese béchamel sauce that’s made with gouda, white cheddar, manchego, organic heavy cream, garlic, and butter. Chilled, it has the consistency of thick white chocolate ganache, and even cold the smell is incredible.
Saucefly recommends using this to make either macaroni and cheese or pizza, and I decided to go with pizza.
I picked up some pizza dough from my local Trader Joe’s, and I topped it with béchamel and prosciutto. After baking the pizza, I added some arugula and parmesan and served it with some balsamic glaze. The béchamel bubbled and browned in the oven, and the flavor was great.
Moroccan Style Organic Curry Marinade
Moroccan Style Tahini Salad Dressing
Moroccan Style Cous-Cous Mix
These next three items, Moroccan Style Curry Marinade, Moroccan Style Tahini Salad Dressings and Moroccan Style Cous-Cous Mix, are all incorporated into Saucefly’s recipe for Moroccan Salad. The recipe suggests marinating chicken or tofu in the marinade and then grilling it and serving it alongside couscous, red bell pepper, and mixed greens with the dressing served on the side. I haven’t had a chance to made this dish yet, but I’m looking forward to cooking it up soon!
Singing Dog Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
Last up this month, Saucefly included a tub of cream cheese frosting along with a recipe for chocolate cake.
The recipe suggested baking two 9” cake rounds, but I oped to 1/2 the recipe and bake it in two 6” rounds instead. (Looking at the amount of frosting included, I didn’t think I’d have enough to frost a 9” cake.)
Since I’m a believer that when it comes to chocolate more is always more, I decided to fill my cake layers with dark chocolate ganache.
I frosted the outside of the cake with Saucefly’s cream cheese frosting and then topped the cake with more of the thick chocolate ganache.
To finish, I sprinkled some chopped dark chocolate on top.
This cake was really tasty! The sponge wasn’t too sweet, so it worked nicely with the sweeter cream cheese frosting and the bittersweet ganache.
Verdict: I love that Saucefly sends chef-created, organic foods right to my door. The boxes always push me to try new things in the kitchen, and the quality and taste of everything is always outstanding. The cost per item breaks down to about $10, which I think is definitely fair for organic, chef-made products. I’m kind of obsessed with this box, and I find myself looking forward to it every month. It might not be ideal for beginners, but I highly recommend it for confident, adventurous home cooks looking to spice up their cooking!
What do you think of Saucefly?